While the main reason for my visit to Malaysia last September was to teach workshops, I decided to visit a few stationery shops and check out the extensive lineup of stationery Malaysia has to offer.
And what I realized was—if your budget does not permit for a trip to Japan, then Malaysia is definitely your best option. The prices aren’t too marked up (it’s actually similar to the Japan prices), the variety of Japanese brands they carry are A LOT (you name it, they have it), and the materials are not only for journaling, but also for painting, collage work, decoupage, etc.
For me, entering Cziplee felt like entering Blick and Michael’s when I was living in New York—from scrapbooking, stamping, painting (they carry a lot of brands!), children’s books, journaling, to lettering (and more), this is the ideal store you should visit. They have three floors—first floor for pens (LOTS of them) and stationery (notebooks, stickers, postcards, pencil cases, etc), second floor for art materials (paint, paper, and all art-related materials), and third floor for children’s books. Sophie and I spent two hours here, lol. That explains it.
Also: if you are looking for Jibun Techo planners, they carry it here!
Location: Central Market, Kuala Lumpur
Loka Made was a new discovery—I’ve been seeing the same designs on most bookstores (explains why all the postcards I sent were designed by Loka Made) but I was happy to stumble upon their store located in Central Market. I love how Malay culture is illustrated and designed. I’m very picky with country-themed paper products and they definitely nailed it.
Apart from getting the postcards, I couldn’t help it—I also got sticker flakes and an A5 clear folder. I can’t wait to start journaling with these local goodies!
Location: Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur
Being the Japan fan that I am, of course we had to check out Kinokuniya if they had new titles out (not all books that I like end up being sold in Manila). I got a new book—Daily Rituals of Women, a follow up to Daily Rituals (which I own). I also got a set of Art Genius playing cards and a few stickers from Mossery.
And of course, their Art & Graphic Design section is quite extensive. Always so happy to see my books, too! Here I am happily holding them up.
Location: Jaya One, Petaling Jaya
When I first found out about Stickerrific a few years ago, I told myself I definitely NEED to visit here someday. Well, that time finally happened, folks—and the best excuse as well is because I am teaching. The worst part? Two days being here meant non-stop wandering around the store to look for new stationery items to take home.
Szetoo (owner of Stickerrific) is quite the girlboss—she tells me they are only 3 full-time employees of the store, and their selection of stationery is my favorite. It’s curated properly, and there’s something for everyone. What I love most as well is that the staff helps you pick out what you need based on your level (beginner, advanced, etc) and preferences. Best customer service!
Plus points for Luke, Leia and Chewie—their “entertainment team”, as Szetoo calls it. You’ll find these “Stickerrific cats” making their way around each part of the store.
Want to see more of these stationery stores? Check out my video below featuring my haul!
How to get to these places:
We used Grab because these places are far from each other. KL has trains but Bangsar and Petaling Jaya are only for taxis and local transport.
All establishments accept credit card except for Loka Made.
Have you been to Malaysia before? Let me know what stationery stores I should still check out on my next visit!