De­signed for Delec­ta­tion

Grac­ing the cover of our magazine and the breath­tak­ing bri­dal gown spread are dresses by Maze Of Event Plan­ner (MOEP). We get to know its ta­lented founder Kiki Law and de­signer Mazioux Yan­nick

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Kiki, tell us about your­self.

I have a diploma in mar­ket­ing and ad­ver­tis­ing from the In­ter­na­tional Ad­ver­tis­ing As­so­ci­a­tion in New York, and I pur­sued a de­gree in arts and ad­ver­tis­ing from the Univer­sity of Sun­der­land. I be­lieve my tenac­ity and de­ter­mi­na­tion in op­er­at­ing a busi­ness could have been in­her­ited from my fa­ther, who op­er­ates a suc­cess­ful tex­tile and fab­ric fac­tory in Guangzhou, China for 25 years now. All fired-up and ready, I decided to ven­ture into prop­erty ne­go­ti­a­tion and man­age­ment at 25. Dur­ing the same pe­riod, I also took the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in the Malaysia My Se­cond Home Pro­gramme as a busi­ness. The suc­cess in these two ini­tial ven­tures pro­vided the nec­es­sary cap­i­tal for me to set up MOEP. I am thank­ful that this knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence came in handy for my cur­rent busi­ness ven­ture. Like any suc­cess­ful or­gan­i­sa­tion, team spirit is ex­tremely vi­tal. And I’m very thank­ful to the com­mit­ted, ded­i­cated and in­spired team at MOEP. On the other hand, if there is any time to spare, as a faith­ful spouse, I love to ex­per­i­ment with my cook­ing skills and pam­per my hus­band, as well as staff and fam­ily.

Tell us about your busi­ness part­ner, Mazioux Yan­nick.

Yan­nick ob­tained a bach­e­lor’s de­gree ma­jor­ing in fash­ion de­sign and drap­ing from Adrien-Tes­tud, France. In 1999, Yan­nick was a win­ner of the na­tional fash­ion de­sign com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­ised by La Sor­bonne Univer­sity in Paris. He has a pas­sion for unique ar­chi­tec­tural de­signs and loves spend­ing time with his fam­ily, trav­el­ling plus dis­cov­er­ing new places.

How did MOEP take off?

I imag­ined or­gan­is­ing a wed­ding event as a net­work of paths and hedges de­signed like a puz­zle, based on the dif­fer­ent be­hav­iours and so­cial needs. Only an ex­pe­ri­enced plan­ner and cre­ative de­signer will be able to find a way to sat­isfy all par­ties. My per­sonal bit­ter­sweet ex­pe­ri­ence with my very own en­gage­ment and wed­ding cer­e­mony left an un­wel­come, last­ing im­pres­sion. I had in­ter­na­tional guests at­tend­ing my en­gage­ment cer­e­mony and in­stead of leav­ing with fond mem­o­ries, they would be talk­ing about my poorly de­signed dress. Be­lieve it or not, my wed­ding re­cep­tion had to be can­celled due to the non-de­liv­ery of my wed­ding gown. To make mat­ters worse, the or­gan­is­ers did not have a con­tin­gency plan. From this fail­ure, I took a per­sonal oath that no cou­ple should ever ex­pe­ri­ence what I had gone through. To avoid any dis­ap­point­ments, po­ten­tial brides should en­gage a cred­i­ble, ac­cred­ited and rep­utable wed­ding plan­ner. The pres­ence of Yan­nick en­ables MOEP to present high-end, stylish and the lat­est fash­ions which are pro­duced by leading fash­ion houses (haute cou­ture). Plus, other classy ready-to-wear choices are also avail­able to flat­ter and re­flect one’s needs and pref­er­ences.

How does MOEP stay ahead of the com­pe­ti­tion?

In our busi­ness op­er­a­tions, we have a term known as ‘On Time’. We need to en­sure the col­lec­tion of wed­ding dresses, ready-to-wear dresses, haute cou­ture, etc are all made avail­able ‘On Time’. Pe­riod! A se­cond late and we have lost the busi­ness. An­other way to stay ahead of the com­pe­ti­tion is to keep our­selves up­dated with the lat­est fash­ion de­signs and mar­ket trends in the bri­dal busi­ness. And, MOEP is also em­bark­ing on var­i­ous pro­mo­tional cam­paigns to en­sure the pub­lic is aware of our ex­is­tence.

What were some of the chal­lenges that you have faced?

I’m sure you have heard this phrase: “time and tide wait for no man.” We can­not stop the pass­ing of time and there­fore time man­age­ment is crit­i­cal in our busi­ness—and I must ad­mit that time man­age­ment is our main chal­lenge.

Who un­con­di­tion­ally sup­ported your dream?

My dear­est friend, soul mate and who also hap­pens to be my hus­band! He al­ways in­spires and mo­ti­vates me. He never says no to me. He

can tap on my pos­i­tives and con­stantly re­mind me that noth­ing is im­pos­si­ble if you are able to be­lieve in your­self. I’m cer­tain his un­di­vided at­ten­tion and sup­port has helped me move fur­ther and given me an in­ti­mate un­der­stand­ing of the bri­dal busi­ness. Se­condly, my fash­ion part­ner Yan­nick. He gave me hope and en­cour­aged me to dream the im­pos­si­ble. He brings along a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence from France and un­der­stands the ASEAN cul­tures in depth. He has seen the po­ten­tial and fi­nally decided to take up this new chal­lenge by re­lo­cat­ing from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur.

What are some of the high­lights of MOEP?

Dur­ing a soft launch, MOEP man­aged to raise RM68,888 for the ‘Dig­nity For Chil­dren’s Foun­da­tion’ by auc­tion­ing our sig­na­ture gown. Spe­cial or­ders were placed for three mas­ter­pieces of cus­tom-made wed­ding gowns in De­cem­ber last year. Then in Jan­uary 2018, or­ders were placed for 13 pieces of evening gowns. And two ma­jor events were suc­cess­fully or­gan­ised in the months of Fe­bru­ary and April 2018. Next on the agenda is the planning and prepa­ra­tion for the launch of plus sized gowns, com­ing soon in Septem­ber 2018, and not for­get­ting, the open­ing of our se­cond bri­dal shop out­let at Desa Parkc­ity’s Arka­dia Mall. We are also study­ing and eval­u­at­ing our to-do list for the next six to 12 months.

What is your phi­los­o­phy for bri­dal events at MOEP?

I’m sure you have heard this phrase, “a mar­riage made in heaven.” We hope that the bride and bride­groom will cher­ish their love for eter­nity, and we at MOEP want to play a small yet sig­nif­i­cant part of that jour­ney. Cre­at­ing that magic mo­ment on the wed­ding day is what we do best.

If you could give a 30-se­cond pitch to some­one who knows noth­ing about MOEP, what would you say?

At MOEP we be­lieve that beauty and fash­ion have no lim­its. We pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for the cre­ative juices of the bride to run wild. Once the bride makes a de­ci­sion, it is then our task to ful­fil her dreams and as­pi­ra­tions.

What are the mis­sion and vi­sion for MOEP?

To be a leading fash­ion de­signer and event plan­ner within the re­gion, to cre­ate highly ac­claimed gowns and be recog­nised as a on­estop cen­tre in the event man­age­ment busi­ness. We also en­sure we are al­ways in search of ex­cel­lence to main­tain a high-qual­ity de­liv­ery sys­tem, that is able to im­ple­ment in­dus­try stan­dards and en­sure cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion.

What do you love most about what you do?

There are so many amaz­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties that I have en­coun­tered, and I have trav­elled all around the world to source the finest qual­ity fab­rics and met so many won­der­ful peo­ple. But most of all I love see­ing my hard work pay off. From piec­ing to­gether a de­sign and see­ing it come to life, to watch­ing the re­ac­tion of the groom when he turns around to see his beau­ti­ful, glow­ing bride walk down the aisle. These lit­tle things drive me to in­vest in more su­pe­rior prod­ucts, and I en­joy in­spir­ing my team to pro­vide the best re­sults.

“At MOEP, we be­lieve that beauty and fash­ion have no lim­its. We pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for the cre­ative juices of the bride to run wild”

MAKE IT WORK Kiki and Mazioux be­lieve in al­low­ing even the most wildest and cra­zi­est bri­dal dress ideas to come alive, and thus turn a dream (dress) into re­al­ity for the bride-to-be

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