The Factory Outlet Store (F.O.S.) is a store chain you can find throughout all Malaysia. This shop sells mostly cheap labels. For example you can buy a nice shirt for only a few Euros. Of course you can walk into the Lacoste or Tommy Hilfiger shop in a mall like Suria KLCC and buy your clothes there; the F.O.S. however is much cheaper.
At the F.O.S. you can find many well-known labels like Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Abercrombie and Fitch and Paul Frank. The range mainly consists of summer clothing, but every now and then there’s a new batch with ‘warmer clothing’ like sweaters and jackets. The range varies per branch. Sometimes the range in the branches in Kuala Lumpur is totally different from the stores at Penang. Another great plus of F.O.S. is that they also have a children’s section, and even a few F.O.S. KIDS branches; where you can only buy clothing for babies and children. Great place to buy gifts for friends and family members with kids. Saw brands like GAP Kids and many other international brands.
What is the secret of this success? The F.O.S. buys clothing directly at the factory, without intervention of importers or other links. They usually purchase products in bulk, whereby they have huge stocks in the shop. That makes it possible to keep the costs low, which you see at the final price. The cheap clothing is 100% original and of good quality. Sometimes the labels of the clothes have been removed. Lots of tourists always worry that only imitation clothing is available in Asia. At the night market you will encounter many fake goods, but not in the F.O.S. F.O.S. also sell larger (European) sizes, but you have to look well for it.
Check the website of the customs, to find out if there are any amendments to the regulations. You better wear the clothing beforehand in Malaysia. Don’t take ten of the same T-shirts with the label on with you on board of your plane. The customs consider this as trade. If you do take new clothing with labels still attached to it to your own country, then store the ticket. If you do get checked at the customs, then you can show your ticket. You will have to pay export tax; which usually is a small sum.
Here’s a list of the locations where you can find a Factory Outlet Store in Malaysia. There are over 40 FOS branches in total. Look at the floor directories in the shopping malls to find the F.O.S. in that particular mall:
- Alpha Angle Shopping Centre, Wangsa Maju
- Jaya Jusco Bukit Raja, Klang
- AEON Bukit Tinggi Shopping Centre, Klang
- Centro Mall, Klang
- Centrepoint, Bandar Utama
- AEON Cheras Selatan Shopping Centre, Balakong
- the Curve, Mutiara Damansara
- Empire Shopping Gallery, Subang Jaya
- Genting First World, Genting Highland Resort
- IOI Mall, Puchong
- Ipoh Parade, Ipoh
- AEON Bukit Indah, Johor Bahru
- JB City Square, Johor Bahru
- KSL City Mall, Johor Bahru
- KB Mall, Kota Bharu
- East Coast Mall, Kuantan
- KL Festival City, Setapak
- 1 Borneo Hypermall, Kota Kinabalu
- Center Point Palm Square, Kota Kinabalu
- The Spring, Kuching
- AEON Bandaraya Melaka, Melaka
- Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall, Melaka
- Jusco Taman Maluri Shopping Centre, Cheras
- Mid Valley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur
- 9 Avenue, Nilai
- 1 Mont Kiara, Mont Kiara
- 1 Utama, Bandar Utama
- Plaza Gurney, Penang
- Queensbay Mall, Penang
- AEON Seberang City Shopping Mall, Penang
- Sunway Carnival Mall, Penang
- Sunway Pyramid Shopping Centre, Sunway
- Subang Parade Shopping Centre, Subang
- Jusco Seremban 2 Shopping Centre, Seremban
- Sungei Wang Plaza, Kuala Lumpur
- The Mines Shopping Fair, Seri Kembangan
- Berjaya Times Square, Kuala Lumpur
- Wangsa Walk Mall, Wangsa Maju
- Kenanga Wholesale City, Kuala Lumpur
- VIVA Home, Kuala Lumpur
- Suria Sabah Shopping Mall, Kota Kinabalu
- Jusco Rawang, Rawang
- Setia City Mall, Setia Jaya
Popular malls that have no F.O.S.
The following popular shopping malls in Malaysia have no F.O.S. branch:
- Pavilion KL
- Suria KLCC
- The Gardens Mid Valley (Mid Valley Megamall does)
- Starhill Gallery
- Plaza Low Yat
Besides the F.O.S. there is another outlet chain in Malaysia, the so-called ‘Reject Shop’. I don’t like these shops that much; the quality of the clothing feels worse compared to the F.O.S. During our last trip I also had the strong suspicion that these clothing – in contrary to the F.O.S. – are not authentic. This Reject Shop can be useful for simple T-shirts, because you can buy a fine shirt for only a few RM. You can find this outlet shop in almost every shopping mall in Malaysia.
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Keep updated on special offers, discounts, give-aways and other news at the official website of F.O.S.. Fans can also join their Facebook Page to keep updated on the latest bargains, promotions, opening of new stores and much more information on the outlet chain. F.O.S. also has a Twitter account where you can communicate easily with their support team.
Working for F.O.S. Malaysia
F.O.S. is almost always looking for new people to join their forces. CV’s can be send to [email protected].
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