Nala which means successful in Swahili is the name which the multi-talented Lisette Scheers picked for her only child. She subsequently named her business – Nala Designs – after her daughter.
Nala the enterprise is a product line which draws from the wealth of inspiration of Malaysia’s melting pot of Chinese, Malay and Indian cultures.
The range of merchandise includes stationery, home decorating items, clothing, bags and other accessories.
The items pay tribute to the country’s rich heritage and reflected in some of the design lines which carry names like ‘Pretty in Peranakan’ and ‘My Kuih or Highway.’
Lisette is also the creative force of L.inc (a design and art studio) located along the leafy corner of Old Bangsar’s Jalan Kemuja in Kuala Lumpur. The space is also home to DR.Inc (pronounced ‘drink’) a little coffee shop where the L.inc-owned design shop nala is located.
The design and decor of the cafe (above) carried out by Lisette and her team, has Nala merchandise littered in strategic spots and the decor even includes Nala-inspired wallpaper.
Her past collaborations with Isetan KLCC via pop-up stores, have now resulted in a full store featuring a permanent location for all things Nala (pictured below)
In Penang, a selection of Nala items is found at Bon Ton, The Shop (Armenian Street) the Eastern & Oriental Hotel’s Bombay Shop (Farqhuar Street) and the Tropical Spice Garden at Teluk Bahang on the island.
Locations of other stores around the world stocking Nala items and an online store are found at naladesigns.com
Photos courtesy of Nala Designs