The Starhill, located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s most famous shopping belt Bukit Bintang, is rolling out the red carpet to fans of top global brands from Europe and around the world come Q1 2021, when it opens its doors with a slew of Malaysia’s first-ever exclusive flagship stores and new-to-market concepts and experiences. Previously known as Starhill Gallery, this iconic shopping destination for tourists and locals alike first announced its transformation plans and new identity as The Starhill in October last year.
The Starhill will be reinforcing its position as the Home of the Tastemakers, where the mall will redefine Kuala Lumpur’s shopping scene in a whole new concept that infuses hospitality into the retail experience. Patrons will shop and stay in a refined home-like environment replete with tasteful, thoughtful touches of true tastemakers.
“Amidst the current challenging times for the retail industry, we are delighted to share exciting news today after keeping things under wraps since The Starhill started renovation works a year ago. We will be welcoming a number of top global brands to complement the brands that our patrons have come to love in The Starhill over the years. Tenants will showcase refreshed new concepts in order to offer both our loyal clientele and new shoppers a whole new experience in our Home of the Tastemakers. Our transformed boutique mall presents four floors of premium retail environment, designed to defy the ever-prevalent cookie cutter mall trend and to offer every visitor more meaning, authenticity and connection. This new incarnation of The Starhill is a crucial undertaking that strengthens our position at the forefront of the fast-changing and fluid retail landscape,” said Mr Joseph Yeoh, Vice President of YTL Land & Development Bhd.
“Although we were faced with some unexpected circumstances due to the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) to curb the pandemic spread, we are thankful that our renovation timeline caught up with delays and has remained on track. The Starhill is set to welcome patrons in early 2021,” he added.
New luxury brands with exclusive flagship stores in Malaysia that are opening on the Ground Floor of The Starhill include Balmain from France, Patek Philippe from Switzerland, Philipp Plein from Switzerland and Tom Ford from the USA – with the new flagship store featuring their pret-a-porter collection including master tailoring and much sought-after beauty products. Paul & Shark and Stefano Ricci, both luxury menswear brands from Italy, will be amongst other new brands with first-ever flagship stores in Malaysia, soon to open its doors on the Upper Ground Floor of The Starhill. To up the ante in luxury, caviar seafood bar and fashion lounge Mari*Star – a brand new concept by The Marini’s Group, will be fronting the street at The Starhill as the newest one-stop destination for trendsetters in Kuala Lumpur.
Luxury brands at The Starhill which have been much-loved by patrons will reopen with their newest concepts, including Davidoff Cigars, Louis Vuitton, Off-White, Roberto Coin and Shiatzy Chen, all of which will be located on the Ground Floor. On the Upper Ground Floor, the Audemars Piguet flagship store will be doubling in size with a new and refreshed interior concept to reflect their brand positioning, alongside exclusive flagship boutiques by Bedat & Co, Cecil Purnell, Cortina Watch, HYT and Rolex. A flagship CIMB Bank branch serving their top clientele will also feature on the same floor.
Meanwhile, at the heart of the Home of the Tastemakers on the Lower Ground Floor, The Starhill Dining celebrates culinary sophistication, bringing to diners fresh, seasonal and globally inspired dining experiences with a diverse spread of gastronomic creations served by the Tastemakers, each with a unique food programming. The Starhill Dining’s collection of captivating dining and entertainment concepts includes Shook!, KL's choice restaurant that continues to fuel the imagination; Luk Yu Tea House that embraces a poetic Chinese heritage; The Alchemy bar featuring gin botanicals for every season; the popular Jogoya restaurant; fine Arabic cuisine at Tarbush Lounge and much more. Diners can look forward to rediscovering the city’s most riveting dining and entertainment destination hotspot, stylishly reinvented right in the heart of Bukit Bintang this December.
More new and exquisite brands with new-to-market concepts are set to make a mark at The Starhill and will be announced in due time.