RENOMA CAFE GALLERY ON JALAN BUKIT BINTANG IS ALL SET TO BE KUALA LUMPUR'S HOTTEST HANGOUT. 03-2143 9919
Renoma Cafe Gallery Kuala Lumpur at Jalan Bukit Bintang is now officially opened!
Time to celebrate! Maurice Renoma, Dr Hou Kok Chung, French ambassador HE Martine Dorance, Dato Lee Chee Leong, Tan Sri Ta and SS Chiang
Maurice Renoma, HE Martine Dorance the French ambassador and Daniel Chiang
Alfred Chiang, Tan Sri Ta and SS Chiang
Tan Sri and Puan Sri Ta
Kee Hua Chee and Maurice Renoma
For the first time, clothes, cafe, coffee, culture, cuisine and couture come combined!
Howzat for so many C's!
The food is great and prices are what you expect to pay. Not cheap but OK and definitely lower than Renoma Cafe Gallery at rue Pierre Charron in Paris in 16th district near Champs Elysee!
At the entrance is the boutique which blends seamlessly with the rest of the environment as it appears to be more a pop-up store that the usual 4-wall and door store. Here there are are no walls as it is like an open studio concept that leads to bar and dining area.
Of course the star of the show on Opening Night was Maurice Renoma himself who flew in from Paris to open his first Renoma Cafe Gallery and Boutique in Asia. So it is a feather in our cap he should choose Malaysia to kickstart his Renoma Cafe Gallery chain.
Then again, maybe not as Renoma Cafe Gallery is headed by young entrepreneur Daniel Chiang, Brand Director of Bonia Corporation. Bonia bags and accessories are Malaysia's most successful home-grown label and are sold regionally all the way to the Middle East. So Daniel Chiang is well versed in the fashion and lifestyle industry and know a good thing when they see one. Maurice Renoma also knows his name is in good hands!
Maurice Renoma arrived with the French ambassador Her Excellency Martine Dorance and was welcomed by Daniel Chiang and his father SS Chiang (chairman of Bonia Corporation) and Albert Chiang (managing director of Bonia and director of Paris RCG which owns Renoma Cafe Gallery).
Daniel Chiang's beautiful wife Linda Chen is sales and marketing manager of Paris RCG and they are KL's Most Beautiful Couple. She is lovely, tall, fair and sexy. Hubby is tall, handsome, well built and looks like Hong Kong movie star. Presumably both are well off and never starve as they can eat all they like at Renoma Cafe Gallery! And you will never believe looking at Linda Chen's sexy, trim figure she is the mother of two!
Speaking of youth, it must be said Maurice Renoma is not exactly in the first flush of youth. His white hair belies his age and his face obviously has not gone under the plastic surgeon's knife. But he was feisty and lively and stopped to stare and grin at me since I was all dolled as usual.
He took out his camera and took photos of me only to ask how to switch on the flash! Maurice Renoma is an accomplished and professional photographer but he is obviously from the old school or he had just bought his digital Canon and unused to it. Anyway we got his flash working and he began snapping away so I am sure my face and clothes will be appearing soon in his Paris cafe and boutiques!
The French ambassador gave a speech followed by Maurice Renoma. Albert Chiang then went on stage to present tokens of appreciation to them. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held with everyone cutting the banner.
Food was everywhere and champagne and liquor flowed nonstop.
The highlight was the fashion show featuring the latest casual and semi-formal outfits from Renoma Paris. Gasps and rapturous claps rang out when handsome and sexy male models paraded in Renoma's famous underwear though I bet all were disappointed cafe owner Daniel Chiang did not appear at the finale in Renoma underwear as he looked like a model. Anyday now a model agency will be signing him up. After all, 99% of directors of big companies hardly resemble models or movie stars!
Maurice Renoma, HE Martine Dorance the French ambassdor and owner of Renoma Cafe Gallery Daniel Chiang
Daniel Chiang, Dato Lee Chee Leong and SS Chiang
Albert Chiang, Dato Alfred Cheng (Group MD of Parkson), Eric Chong and Raymond Teo (COO of Parkson)
Alfred Chiang, Michael Ho, Kee Hua Chee, Dato Alfred Cheng, Eric Chong and Raymond Teo
KM Ong, CL Chong, Dato Alfred Cheng, Eric Chong and Raymond Teo
Patsy Kam of The Star and Richard Latsch of Amee Philips
Twins separated at birth? Richard Latsch and Yi Ming Tan
Most Beautiful Couple in Malaysia; Daniel Chiang and wife Linda Chen.
Just in case you blinked---here are lovely Linda Cheng and handsome husband Daniel Chiang
Most Terrific Quartet in Malaysia; Dato Alfred Cheng of Parkson the best department store chain in Asia, Daniel Chiang of Renoma Cafe Gallery the best new eatery and drinkery and gallery in Malaysia, Kee Hua Chee the greatest journalist this side of the observable universe and Richard Latsch the best jewellery director in Asia
Daniel Chiang, SS Chiang, Dato Alfred Cheng and Richard Latsch
Sex goddesses; Debbie Goh, Elaine Daly and Xandria Ooi
Here's another temptress Hannah Lo
Chanel Culture & Couture; Linda Chen and Debbie Goh with their Chanel bags
Linda Chen, Christine Lee and Richard Latsch
Patsy Kam and Kee Hua Chee with major bling
Florence Loh and Manne Chen
Richard Latsch, Christine Lee and Florence Loh
Kee Hua Chee, Christine Lee and Florence Loh of Magic Makers Advertising Agency
Richard Latsch checking the champagne which is Taittinger, one of the best and most expensive! Needless to say, I drank several bottles
Daniel Chiang, Dato Lee Chee Leong and SS Chiang
Terror 3some; Model and actress Debbie Goh, beauty queen and former Miss Malaysia Elaine Daly and model Manne Chen
Terror 2some; Richard Latsch and Kee Hua Chee
Tris Bong, Linda Chen, Debbie Goh, Elaine Daly and Manne Chen
Terror shoes; Designer black shoes by Prada and handpainted slipper shoes
Kee Hua Chee, Adam from Iran and his mum
They could be bro and sis; Adam and mum
Adam and Richard Latsch
Hanna LO announcing the grand opening and inviting the VIPs on stage to cut the ribbon
THE ARRIVAL OF MAURICE RENOMA AND THE FRENCH AMBASSADOR HER EXCELLENCY MARTINE DORANCE IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER AND THE RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY
Maurice Renoma arriving
Maurice Renoma being mobbed by fans
Maurice Renoma chose Kuala Lumpur for his first Asian venture
Maurice Renoma trying to switch on the flash in his camera!
David Liao, Maurice Renoma and CL Chong
Maurice Renoma wearing his photographer T-shirt
Kee Hua Chee glittering in gold and gems and Maurice Renoma
Mimi Too, Amier, David Kuan, Maurice Renoma and Albert Chiang
Maurice Renoma and the French Ambassador HE Martine Dorance
David Liao, Maurice Renoma, French ambassador HE Martine Dorance and Daniel Chiang
Albert Chiang MD of Bonia, Tan Sri Ta and SS Chiang chairman of Bonia Group
Tan Sri and Puan Sri Ta
French ambassador, Dato Lee Chee Leong and Tan Sri Ta
Ambassador from France HE Martine Dorance espousing Franco-Malaysian relationship
Guests listening to her speech
Daniel Chiang and father SS Chiang, chairman of Bonia Corporation
French ambassador HE Martine Dorance receiving token of appreciation from SS Chiang, chairman of Bonia Corporation
And bouquet of flowers
One for the album
SS Chiang, Maurice Renoma and French ambassdor
Maurice Renoma thanking and congratulating Daniel Chiang and team for marvellous job
Daniel Chiang's proud father SS Chiang was all smiles
Maurice Renoma receiving a photographic journal from SS Chiang, chairman of Bonia Corporation
Getting ready to cut the ribbon; Maurice Renoma, Dr Hou Kok Chung, French ambassador HE Martine Dorance, Dato Lee Chee Leong, Tan Sri Ta and SS Chiang
The ribbon is cut!
Streamers are let loose as the party kicked into high gear
Renoma Cafe Gallery Kuala Lumpur is now open, up and running!