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The Pilgrims

Shopping in Malaysia has always been of the mass market shopping centre variety, so The Pilgrims is a breath of fresh air. This lifestyle concept store has just opened in Bangsar Village and is a collection of six local brands.

by / Published: 7 Feb 2018

The Pilgrims
Photo: The Pilgrims

The six brands that have collaborated in this project are unique in many ways. As many of us become more sensitive and aware of where our food comes from and whether the products we buy are sustainably produced, there is a need for shopping experiences that are more intimate and ethical too. The Pilgrims aims to fill this niche with these brands offering everything from natural skincare and ethically produced fabrics to fashion accessories and bulk foods. It’s all about respecting the artisans creating these products, being mindful of the environment and supporting local communities.

Root Remedies

A natural skincare brand made with natural ingredients like coconut oil, herbs, spices and flowers, Root Remedies is handcrafted in small batches ensuring quality is always maintained. There’s pure soap made with virgin coconut oil, soothing lotions, scrubs and healing oils – all smelling delicious and ready to find their way into your grooming routine.


Simple, natural, practical, functional – four magic words when you’re trying to be a more conscious consumer. REAL.M offers towels, blankets / throws and resort wear totally suited to the tropics that are made with non-GMO cotton and bamboo. Colour combinations are understated yet chic, and versatility is key here with towels doubling as shawls and blankets looking just as good on a sofa as they would on a sun lounger.


Leather shoes and bags and linen shirts are the core of this label and these handcrafted products were created by artisans in rural India. Buying a pair of Fireworks shoes isn’t just about the shoes – it’s about empowering a community and respecting their craftsmanship. Forget about mass production and slip into something comfortable and a;esthetically pleasing, and know that someone put a lot of care and passion into creating it.

Photo: The Pilgrims


Waste is a dirty word and zero-waste living is the goal at THE HIVE. This shop operates on the basis that everything is reusable, recyclable and sustainable. Bulk food purchasing is a relatively new concept in Malaysia, but it really makes much more sense financially and with regards to green practices. Products are sourced from local organic farmers and small enterprises run by women and refugee communities, so you know your money is well spent.


The boho chic trend is here to stay and Nadsy is a label that embodies this. Think funky bags and accessories woven from natural materials, eclectic prints and vibrant colours. Each item has been specially designed and handcrafted by artisans from around the world and will give a distinctive edge to any outfit.

Metisse Maison

Rattan is one of the most versatile building materials found in the tropics. It’s malleable, rustic and can be crafted into so many different forms. Metisse Maison offers chairs, stools, lampshades, side tables, serving trays and mirrors designed with a chic tropical edge. The pieces are original and can turn any room into a little piece of island paradise. Rattan is a renewable source of material, readily available locally and making a comeback in the furniture world. For those who grew up in the 70s in Asia, this is great news and Metisse Maison has our vote.


Level 1, Bangsar Village II,
Jalan Telawi, Bangsar,
Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 016-287 1750