The Exchange TRX is now open—here are 14 first-in-Malaysia stores to visit

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By Buro Malaysia

The Exchange TRX is now open—here are 14 first-in-Malaysia stores to visit

Kuala Lumpur has been buzzing in anticipation for years, and the time has finally come—The Exchange TRX has officially opened its doors to visitors from 29 November 2023. A new leisure hub poised to stimulate and elevate Malaysia’s economic growth, the luxury lifestyle destination will set new standards in retail, dining and leisure experiences. 

“Our strong tenancy rate is a resounding vote of confidence given by leading international and local brands for the new retail concept that Lendlease is introducing to the market with The Exchange TRX. As Kuala Lumpur’s new social heart, The Exchange TRX disrupts the landscape with its socially immersive, experience-rich approach, reshaping the future of retail,” says Mitch Wilson, Project Director for The Exchange TRX and Head of Retail for Lendlease Malaysia. 

With a current 95 per cent occupancy rate comprising over 400 stores spread across 1.3 million square feet of Nett Lettable Area (NLA), The Exchange TRX aims to redefine the country’s retail landscape with an array of prestigious brands and first-in-Malaysia stores, including the following:


1. Maison Kitsuné

Where Paris meets Tokyo, Maison Kitsuné brings together the cultural and aesthetic connections of these two iconic cities through its offerings. The brand is known for its playful and comfortable designs that are influenced by streetwear and its beloved fox mascot, which is a symbol of versatility. 

That’s not all; the brand will also be bringing in Cafe Kitsuné, which pays tribute to enjoying quality coffee in iconic locations. The outlet in The Exchange TRX will be the café’s 28th outlet globally and the fourth in Southeast Asia, after Bangkok, Singapore, and Manila.


2. Gentle Monster


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Founded in 2011 by Hankook Kim, there’s no denying that Gentle Monster has become one of the most talked-about eyewear brands over the past decade. Known for its unique designs, Gentle Monster also stays ahead of the game through collaborations with global stars like Jennie of Blackpink and Diplo, and fashion houses such as Maison Margiela and Fendi—further cementing its status as a luxury brand. 


3. Alo Yoga 


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A label that can take you directly from studio to street, Alo Yoga takes a mindful approach to yoga wear and combines functionality with style. The brand isn’t only a staple in the yoga community but is also celebrity-approved, with stars like Taylor Swift and Hailey Bieber spotted in its pieces. 


4. Marimekko


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Say goodbye to minimalism with a splash of colours and graphic prints from Marimekko, the Finnish brand that’s known for its vibrant take on fashion and lifestyle. Its one-of-a-kind, colourful textiles are used across its catalogue, so you are spoilt for choice—from decorating your house with its kaleidoscopic homeware to picking its high-quality clothing and more!


5. Drunk Elephant


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A cult beauty brand that needs no introduction, Drunk Elephant will finally be opening its first brick-and-mortar store at The Exchange TRX. The brand’s emphasis on products that work is solidified by only using ingredients that benefit the skin and omitting the unnecessary. Currently, Drunk Elephant can be purchased at Sephora outlets nationwide; with the opening of its first-ever outlet in Kuala Lumpur, skincare enthusiasts can explore the brand with even more options.


6. La Prairie 


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A prestigious name in the beauty industry, La Prairie is a pioneer in anti-ageing cellular therapy. Founded in Switzerland, the brand offers luxurious skincare solutions backed by science—such as The Caviar Collection and Swiss Cellular De-Agers—that effectively protect skin against ageing and damaging environmental influences. If you have yet to try any of its products, now’s your opportunity.


7. Guerlain


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One of the world’s oldest luxury beauty brands will also be setting up shop at The Exchange TRX’s Beauty Galleria. Founded in 1828, the iconic brand offers skincare, makeup, and fragrances that are bespoke, timeless and pure. 


8. Tipsy Flamingo

Singaporean hospitality group Tipsy Collective will be launching the first Tipsy Flamingo branch in Kuala Lumpur. Expect great vibes, a fresh culinary experience, specially curated cocktails, and a good time guaranteed at the hot new restaurant.


9. Amazonas

On the rooftop overlooking the city’s modern skyline, the Kenny Hills Hospitality Group is setting up Amazonas. This vibrant Latin American restaurant and bar concept will offer sharing plates inspired by the region, open-fire cooking, fun cocktails, and late-night DJ fiestas.


10. Seibu

Malaysia is no stranger to Japanese retailers, with common household names like Isetan and Sogo having been established locally for decades. Seibu is the latest entry into the luxury retail market, occupying four levels with over 265,000 square feet of space in The Exchange TRX. It claims to be the first department store in Malaysia to showcase an impressive collection of over 700 luxury international brands including Fred, a Parisian brand; Damiani; Niessing; Pierre Hardy; and many other reputable names. Notably, at least 200 brands will be making their debut in the department store.


11. Shake Shack

One of the most popular American fast food chains in the world, Shake Shack, will open its first Shack in the Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) very soon. Customers can look forward to elevated American classics such as the signature ShackBurger, Chicken Shack, ‘Shroom Burger, Crinkle-Cut Fries, Shakes, Shack Attack, and many more, in addition to Malaysia-exclusive items! 


12. Heytea

Calling all tea addicts, Heytea will be making its debut in Malaysia at The Exchange TRX on its opening day! Since the Chinese tea chain was founded in 2012, it has gained a huge following, especially after a collaboration with Italian luxury fashion house Fendi for a pop-up in Beijing last May. Now you know where to get a taste of its crowd-favourite cheese tea!


13. Chaumet

High jewellery and horology enthusiasts—rejoice! French jeweller and fine watchmaker Chaumet will be launching its first ever Malaysian store in The Exchange TRX. Established in 1780, the Maison is historically linked to the French Royal Court, even serving as the official jewellers to Empress Joséphine—the first wife of Emperor Napoleon I—at one point. The physical outlet is set to welcome customers this December with an experiential journey of its signature collections, including the Hortensia, Liens, and Joséphine.


14. MIL Toast House

South Korea’s famous bakery cafe is finally coming to Malaysia, giving local foodies the chance to taste its indulgent toasts right here in KL. Originally from Ikseon-dong, Seoul, MIL Toast House is best known for its Souffle French Toast and steam buns that will leave customers craving for more!

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