In the year of 2013, SHOPLOOOH was established in Malaysia. The LOOOH in SHOPLOOOH comes from the Malaysian slang, loh! SHOPLOOOH means, let’s shop!
SHOPLOOOH was founded by Garrick and Audrey.
Before the birth of SHOPLOOOH, Garrick was previously a salesman of a famous China electrical appliance company in Malaysia while Audrey was a food technologist at a Japanese food ingredient company in Singapore. At the time, they just entered into society, not have had a plan about their future, not thinking about starting a business, much less start a business together.
In July of 2011, Garrick’s life took a turn for the worse due to a terrible accident. Garrick’s cervical spinal nerves were damaged, and the doctor concluded that he could no longer move or feel any part of his body below the chest. In the youth of his life at 25, this piece of news felt like looming dark clouds that will never disperse on what was supposed to be a sunny day on his future.
After a long month of treatment, he was finally discharged. From that day onwards, Garrick’s day to day consisted of medicine and rehabilitation. Due to a bacterial infection in his lungs when he was hospitalized, his immune system became very weak. No matter how hard he tried, he could not recover from mere illnesses. Even in the two years after being discharged, he would be hospitalized every 2-3 months due to various discomforts and illnesses such as inflammations, fevers, etc. After struggling for those two years, Garrick was frustrated and had a grim outlook on life to the point where he considered taking his own life.
However, he was very lucky. So very lucky, to have his parents and Audrey by his side. Shedding light on his dark times by giving him love and support unconditionally. Accompanying him throughout two of the most difficult years of his life.
On a particular day, Garrick felt dispirited and said to Audrey, ‘Hey, I don’t think I’ll be able to go out and work.‘ This simple sentence made Audrey’s heart ache with sadness as Garrick used to be a person who loved to be out and about, talking to just about anyone about anything. Is this it? Is this what his life is going to be all about? Isn’t there anything that can be done?
"When God closes a door, He opens a window "
The year 2013 was when the internet bubble was booming, and this allowed Audrey and Garrick to restart at a completely different starting point without affecting their situation at the time. They chose e-commerce and selling their clothing online as they worked their way to their goal, which is creating the ideal SHOPLOOOH
At the beginning, Audrey would go to and fro from Malaysia to Singapore every week. From designing, stock takes, stocks orders, photoshoots and taking care of new arrivals, everything was done by herself on top of the job that she has. While Garrick is responsible for the networking, marketing, customer service. At the same time, he was also working hard to rehabilitate and recuperate himself.
This went on for two years. Then Audrey made one of the most important decisions of her life, she gave up her high paying job in Singapore and returned to Malaysia to work on their dream fully.
With each other’s love and persistence, they have managed to walk step by step together out of the shadows and into the light while building a solid foundation on the internet for SHOPLOOOH and in 2016, SHOPLOOOH opened its first physical store. Now; on the internet, SHOPLOOOH has a group of supporters who love the brand.
In addition to selling clothing, Audrey and Garrick hopes that they can bring the ‘love’ and ‘persistence’ that has supported them through these years to the public by using their story and their brand influence online as they believe in using their own power to spread love and positivity to everyone in reach. Wishing everyone can look beautiful on the outside while having a heart full of love on the inside.
“When there is love, there is hope.
as long as you are persistent, there is no hurdle that you cannot overcome.”