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Welcome to the hippy, trippy Commune

When you walk into Commune, there is a sense of the contemporary encased in a bygone era.

Designed with an open, old-street-style concept, wooden doors and window frames salvaged from old houses and shophouses in Selangor and Melaka are reused as part of the retail lot’s structure.

Skylights above illuminate the space naturally, while grilles serve as walls that promote visibility and transparency.

Located at Sunway Velocity Mall in Kuala Lumpur, Commune is a 1,400 sq m retail space that features 13 stores and 43 independent brands representing the fields of art, design, fashion, culture, and music.

Browse through urban pulp fiction books in Bahasa Malaysia, English, and Bahasa Indonesia, or get a dose of nostalgia while flipping through vinyl records, some featuring music dating back to the 1930s.

Admire handcrafted furniture and home accessories, or pick up some eco-friendly skincare products before sitting down with a nutmeg soda or single origin speciality coffee, paired with some Peranakan or Japanese food.

But don’t we have enough malls in the Klang Valley, you ask? Well, Commune, it turns out, is more than a shopping venue. It is an incubator for aspiring lifestyle entrepreneurs, providing them with an environment in which they can showcase their talents.

“The idea of Commune is to create a community of different artisans and young entrepreneurs. It also provides a platform for up-and-coming designers and artisans to showcase their products and get market feedback,” says curator Danny Ho, 32, at a recent interview in the space. (He’s a curator rather than a manager or something else more mundane, because what is allowed into this space is carefully chosen.)–


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