Taiwanese bookstore Eslite Spectrum opens first SE Asian outlet in KL, goals to be a novel life-style spot


KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 22 — E book lovers, take word!

A brand new bookshop is on the town, and it combines bookstore-browsing expertise with arts, espresso and life-style — a combination that’s arguably the most effective for individuals who want to properly spend their after-hours in a metropolitan district like Bukit Bintang.

Taiwanese mega bookshop chain Eslite Spectrum has opened its first South-east Asian retailer at The Starhill premium shopping center in Kuala Lumpur to supply a full spectrum of experiences that goes past simply looking books.

Spanning over 6,500 sq. metres, the shop presents a broad vary of books in English, Chinese language, Malay, Japanese and different languages.

Aside from books, there are quite a few life-style retailers together with cafes, trend, arts and crafts, present objects and stationery.

Merely put, Eslite Spectrum is a well-curated “mini shopping center” by itself.

Whereas the megastore presents quite a lot of cleverly-handpicked manufacturers, what catches the thoughts, at first sight, is the general design and temper once you set foot on its floor.

That’s the unimaginable work of Taiwanese structure Powen Hsiao who drew inspiration from Italian writer Italo Calvino’s traditional Invisible Cities.

Eslite additionally labored with the Malaysian group Loka Made on inside ornament.

Eslite Spectrum chairperson Mercy Wu talks about the company’s journey over the years. Eslite Spectrum is home to over a thousand curated Taiwanese-designed goods. — Picture by Raymond Manuel

Eslite Spectrum chairperson Mercy Wu talks concerning the firm’s journey over time. Eslite Spectrum is residence to over a thousand curated Taiwanese-designed items. — Image by Raymond Manuel

Should you take a stroll via the shop, you’ll discover the area is split into 4 themed cities, specifically the Metropolis of Arches, The Floating Metropolis, Metropolis of Rippling Waves and Metropolis of Everlasting Day — every providing a unique temper and merchandise.

The Metropolis of Arches is the place you will discover an enormous multilingual ebook assortment, full with Eslite’s listing of beneficial reads curated by its workers members.

The bookstore can be residence to Eslite Youngsters which presents devoted lists of beneficial books, bestsellers and month-to-month themed exhibitions for the little ones.

It additionally hosts actions akin to storytelling to carry studying enjoyable to youngsters.

Should you like stationery, Eslite Writing Boutique is a spot to not miss.

The boutique resembles an city speakeasy bar providing distinctive stationery objects from 36 nations.

The architectural design, arrange and lighting of the boutique make it an ideal Insta-worthy venue for individuals who need to take some snaps whereas purchasing.

There are additionally over a thousand curated Taiwanese-designed items in addition to world-class connoisseur espresso manufacturers to maintain customers busy whereas they go to Eslite Spectrum.

The bookstore covers 40 per cent of the ground area whereas the remaining 60 per cent is equally shared between meals and beverage and inventive stores.

Eslite Spectrum is home to over a thousand curated Taiwanese-designed goods. — Picture by Raymond Manuel

Eslite Spectrum is residence to over a thousand curated Taiwanese-designed items. — Image by Raymond Manuel

From making losses to changing into a world chain

Similar to the design and its idea, Eslite Spectrum has an interesting story.

The bookstore was based by the late Robert Wu in 1989 after a significant coronary heart operation.

His daughter and the present Eslite Spectrum chairperson Mercy Wu stated after the operation, her father found that life was fairly impermanent and he may lose the whole lot in a minute.

“Following his surgical procedure, he based Eslite to mix books, arts, trend manufacturers and creative boards into one retailer.

“However he didn’t take into consideration easy methods to earn cash. Due to this fact, generally we joked to him that he had an awesome achievement however made a loss for 15 years to make Eslite sustainable.”

Regardless of the challenges, the model managed to fine-tune its enterprise technique and turn out to be a profitable one-of-a-kind bookstore in Taiwan earlier than increasing its footprints to Japan, China, Hong Kong and now Malaysia.

Eslite Writing Boutique offers unique stationery items from 36 countries. — Picture by Raymond Manuel

Eslite Writing Boutique presents distinctive stationery objects from 36 nations. — Image by Raymond Manuel

Mercy stated when she joined the corporate in 2004, her dad advised her that Eslite is not a bookstore.

“It ought to place itself as a life-style trade to turn out to be a platform for the cultural artistic issues to occur.

“Our speciality has all the time been the brick and mortar retailer administration.”

The Starhill outlet marks Eslite Spectrum’s forty eighth retailer.

Based on Mercy, they’re planning to open an enormous retailer in Taiwan subsequent yr measuring 80,000 sq. metres.

Transferring ahead, Mercy stated she hopes to study extra concerning the market right here and the Malaysian demographic earlier than setting a route for enlargement plans in Malaysia.


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