With the Ramadan season just around the corner, Muslims worldwide are preparing for the holy month of fasting, in celebration of Hari Raya. This festive occasion is typically marked with new clothes, open houses, and mouth-watering local delicacies. Fashion labels and designers are all geared up to celebrate this festive season with new Raya collections. This year, celebrations are once again toned down considering the global pandemic is still ongoing. With travel restrictions still in force in different states of Malaysia, traveling back to one’s hometown might be tough this year. Nonetheless, that shouldn’t stop you from shopping for Hari Raya and looking your glamorous self. We’ve listed some fashion labels where you can find stylish Malay traditional wear in Kuala Lumpur so the whole family can get kitted up for this festive season.
Designer Jovian Mandagie never fails to impress with his stunning collection for men, women and kids every season.The whole family can even go color-coordinated for that perfect Raya family portrait. Check out their Balik Kampung collection or the Jovian Luxe 2021 collection.
Jovian Mandagie, headquarters in Shah Alam, and boutiques in Bangsar, Bangi, and Kota Kinabalu, https://jovian.com.my/
Founded in 2014, Belle Babies Design caters for little miss and little masters who want to stand out in the crowd. The clothes are fanciful, fun and flirty, just what every little girl might ask for with plenty of feminine touches. Their Raya collection is out now, so hop online and check out their pretty pieces for your kiddos.
Belle Babies Design, www.bbd.com.my
Umbi Kids offers fun, contemporary designs that kids will love. The designs are infused with Southeast Asian culture, while being mindful of mother nature. Founded by three Malaysians, the online store is just bursting with creativity and pops of colors.
Umbi Kids, https://umbikids.com/
Homegrown online fashion shopping site, Fashion Valet is THE place to go to for all things fashion from local designers. Not just that, you can also find bags, shoes, scarves, accessories, beauty items, and more here. Choices are aplenty with numerous designs and labels to opt for depending on your preference. Hop onto their site for a quick browse of their traditional Raya designs or shop in-store.
Fashion Valet, online and in-store at Bangsar Village II, Publika and IOI City Mall, 1 300 88 6060, http://www.fashionvalet.com/
Prefer to design your own traditional wear for Raya? Jakel is the largest textile retailer in Malaysia with yards and yards of fabrics and more, or opt for ready-to-wear traditional designs for the whole family. This year, shop online with the help of their personal shoppers. Browse their collection on their Instagram page to get more information.
Jakel, various locations nationwide including Jakel Square in KL and PWTC, https://www.jakelonline.com/main
Exclusively designed by a creative mother of five, the collection stylish and chic with quality fabrics. Boasting outfits that are comfortable, fit to the weather, age-appropriate, and high quality, Kenit will tick all the boxes.
The Daisy Collection from the Homely Series by Lynda Rahim for Raya Collection 2021 is filled with cooling, pastel shades that will remind you of cotton candy. We love the chic, flowy pieces that drape gently on any body shape, so you can indulge in your fave Raya goodies and still look effortlessly stylish.
Lynda Rahim Kuala Lumpur, 15A Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 17 322 7597 / +60 124049439 (WhatsApp), https://www.facebook.com/LYNDARAHIMKUALALUMPUR
Founded by Dutch designer Lisette Scheers who grew up in Malaysia, Nala Designs is easy to spot, thanks to their vibrant hand-drawn patterns on fabric that also makes its way to other accessories including handbags and other lifestyle items. This Raya, their pretty baju kurungs, kebayas, and sarongs will make a bright, cheerful addition to your wardrobe!
Nala Designs, UGF-32 Floor UG, Bangsar Village II, Jalan Telawi, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, https://naladesigns.com/
POKOKS is inspired by nature's beauty. Thoughtfully designed by a mother of three girls, the designs are chic and comfortable for adults and juniors that you won’t mind going matchy-matchy as everyone will look so well put together. From muted colors to vibrant prints, it's hard to resist the gorgeous pieces here not just for kiddos, but for the whole family. The label ships worldwide with free shipping thrown in when you spend the minimum amount set.
Kree has released its Klasik Raya '21 Collection for those looking for a traditional silhouette in bold colors to stand out in the crowd. The designs are classy, elegant, and feminine, we just can't take our eyes off them! They ship internationally to selected countries so have fun browsing their site.
Kree, 5, Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 7, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, https://www.kree.my/
Main photo credit: Pokoks.com