Having covered a zakka cafe previously, I figured I’ll continue with the zakka retail theme, this time moving towards Kuala Lumpur where the Pipit Zakka store is. I first attended their Pipit Wonderful Market event back in 2011, in hopes of viewing the works of Evangelione, a Johor-based doll-maker, who sells her dolls through Pipit (aside from her Etsy store). While I missed out on buying Evangelione’s dolls (her stock was sold out in the first 2 hours!), I had a good time viewing the handmade works of other exhibitors and bought a super-cute Beanipet pillow and a funky tote bag which I’m still using today.
The Pipit Zakka founders are the husband-and-wife team of Mike Ooi and Ivery Khooi who also run the Pipit arts portal to encourage creative talents from within and outside Malaysia. They first started off with organizing 1-day events such as the Pipit Wonderful Market, and then setting up a physical store in SS2 of Petaling Jaya before moving to their present larger premises in Taman Connaught of Cheras, Kuala Lumpur. They’ve always maintained an online presence via their online store which houses items by their regular retailers such as Mink of Thailand (watches with beautiful coloured leather straps) and Jump From Paper of Taiwan (I love love *love* their 2D bags!).Pipit Zakka is also very active in the Facebook space, especially with their regular month-long events centering around a creative theme for any contributor to submit works for exhibition and sale. Even when I couldn’t attend these exhibitions in person, it was still fun see the regular Facebook postings which start with the announcement of a new theme and the contribution guidelines (such as this one for the I’M TOTE CRAZY event), the behind-the-scenes setting up, and of course the many colourful items up for sale 😀
So, if you are interested in all things crafty and zakka, have fun looking around Pipit’s Facebook and e-shop (I know I did!). And if you’re ever in town, you can drop by their brick-and-mortar store where there’s Beibei the dog as an added bonus for your visit 😀
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/pipitzakkastore
- Online Shop: www.pipitzakkastore.com
- Address: 11-2, Jalan Menara Gading 1, Taman Connaught, 56000, Kuala Lumpur (beside Secret Recipe, on top of Cubicle Concept, near UCSI)
For some further reading, there’s The Star paper with interesting interviews of Pipit (and also talks about what zakka is) and Evangelione, while you can find a more recent write-up of Pipit by the Malay Mail.
Wanna see more dolls and cute toys? Head over to Japan’s Ebi Burger is coming to McDonald’s Singapore on 7th Nov 2013 for some McDonald’s miniatures and more!
Or have a peep at a cute cafe filled with 100% zakka-ness at Interlude in Ipoh: Zakka Loft!
Like Etui Trove on Facebook for instant updates of this blog and more! ♥ヽ(´ ∀ ` )ﾉ
Remember to comment or share if you like this post! **╮(´∀｀)