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
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