Asia’s First Renoma Café Gallery
Renoma – most of you probably know this French fashion brand for it’s stylish underwear range…
… but did you also know there is a long and celebrated history behind the label?
The Story of Renoma
Started in the sixties by Monsieur Maurice Renoma at Rue de la Pompe, Paris, their forward, avant-garde designs were embraced by trendsetters in the fashion world.
They introduced many items into France for the first time − Indian handkerchiefs, American shirts, Penny loafers, English student caps, boxer shorts, the Lenin velvet suit.
Renoma was responsible for dressing and styling a multitude of famous rockstars back then. Renoma was considered the main force in the yé-yé movement in Paris and subsequently grew popular in Japan too.
A dazzling troupe of the famous and beautiful would gather in the Renoma Paris boutique, which was the first to play ambient music. The likes of Elton John, Pele, Dali and Brigitte Bardot were often seen there.
Progressively, Renoma has since then expanded into women’s apparel, underwear, fragrance, and leather goods.
What next then? Why, F&B of course!
Most recently, Maurice Renoma translated his love of the creative arts and his passion for photography into a furniture and accessory line, that is showcased at The Renoma Gallery Café in Paris.
The Renoma Café Gallery is not just a restaurant, it is a hub of social activity -- part art gallery, part boutique, part dining establishment. It’s a chic, non-touristy (why didn't I know about this earlier!) spot in Paris, hosting photography expositions several times a year, such as those for Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, and James Dean.
So impressed were some visitors, they decided to bring this cool concept to Asia.
Renoma Café Gallery is now open in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia!
I was at the grand opening party on 24th October, for an evening of high-octane fun with the glitterati of KL city.
Here are some highlights of the night:
With Natalia, Miss Malaysia finalist
Flying in specially from Paris... stylist-designer-photographer Maurice Renoma
He may be getting on in age, but that night and on another afternoon when I met Mr. Renoma, his dress sense and fashion detailing was sharper than most men I've seen; the spirit he possesses is still decidedly young and spunky!
Left: Erik Ong, my pal & also my work representative in Malaysia, founder of Erik Talent Management.
Center: The flamboyant celebrity Chef Wan. My dad is a fan of his shows and was excited to know I met him!
On my right: Michael and Ronald From Moet Hennessy Diego Malaysia
Meet the owners: Linda Chen and Daniel Chiang. The couple who were so inspired to bring the art-form bistro to Malaysia.
Dennis Lau, celebrity violist, electrifies the crowd
Look ma, the Eiffel Tower! A brilliant sand art performance
... and of course the night would not be complete without a sexy fashion show :)
Told ya it was sexy ;)
I got my caricature done, what do you think?
Looks like the real person? Prettier, uglier, weirder? ;P
Food, drinks, fashion, art, music
Located in the heart of KL city, Renoma Café Gallery exudes a cozy, urban atmosphere where ample artwork is displayed everywhere.
The feeling it gives is of a hip and creative space in a contemporary setting, an “artsy” spot with industrial style décor mixed with digitally printed neo-classical leather lounge chairs. The quirky, raw sensuality balances the calm and relaxing ambience.
Of course, there is the Champ Galerie – a shopping and gallery area to satisfy the discerning shopper.
I had the chance to dine at Renoma Café Gallery on a lazy afternoon.
High ceilings and full length glass windows to allow plenty of natural sunlight in in the day. I must say it’s one of the nicer, more sophisticated hang-out spots in KL, compared to the usual restaurants in the malls! At night, a live DJ spins music.
The heart of the menu is French, innovatively infused with American and Asian touches. I enjoyed my very delicious * personalized*meal!
(clockwise from top left): RCG smoothie, Croque Madame, my very own chocolate molten lava cake, escargots.
French Onion Soup
Le Café Gourmand
This dessert dish is the latest trend amongst Parisians, comprising of a long espresso, with “petit fours” of Macaroonn, Mango Millefeuile, Éclair, and Croquignole (double baked biscuits)!
Catch up with friends, organize a business lunch, or enjoy a romantic dinner… this is the place for smart executives, cool artists and fun people to gather in a chic, casual setting.
Plus needless to say, prices won’t hurt as much as the Parisian outlet! :P
Renoma Café Gallery, KL
Lot 510, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur