With a pandemic disrupting almost every aspect of our lives, most people are staying home and staying away from crowds.
Does this mean, no shopping? Well yes, partly, but with e-commerce being bigger than ever, there's always a way to get your hands on the things you want.
Local brands too, have options, and many of them are available on Poptron.co., an online platform which caters to over 100 different micro-brands spanning over seven categories and counting.
Poptron (POPups TRusted ONline) is a web-based marketplace featuring local artisanal brands, many which were selected as they share ethical, responsible and socially conscious aspirations, with some being social enterprises that give back or provide skills training to underprivileged and marginalised communities.
Some of the brands include Mandi, Condiment Strings, Cocova MY, Rad Alchemist, Fireworks House.
Established in 2019 with a mission of fostering a community that loves and appreciates emerging brands, beautiful products, and the wonderful creators behind them, they launched an e-commerce platform recently.
By connecting lifestyle microbrands and content to a like - minded global audience, Poptron empowers passionate brands to make a difference everyday with their unique products.
For artisans, it is a gateway to international waters, and Poptron will assist with the collective of brands in getting better shipping rates for more people to enjoy these beautiful products.
There's never been a better time to buy local, and for good reason as these products are often created by people we can relate to, with meaningful stories behind why they are doing what they are doing.
Many of the brands have an additional feel good factor, as they support worthy causes.
Poptron.co founder and CEO Brian Johnson Lowe also serves as a board member of Perbadanan Stadium Malaysia under the leadership of Tan Sri Tony Fernandes as well as special advisor to Arts, Live Festival and Events Association (ALIFE).
Lowe is driven by intellectual curiosity to learn new industries, skills, and ways of doing things better which has blessed him with the opportunity to work with the best managers and mentors from multinationals, Fortune 100 companies, government agencies as well as the private sector.
Among his accomplishments are The Royal Arts Gala - a prestigious fundraising dinner graced by Their Royal Highnesses, the King and Queen of Malaysia; Karnival Seni Kreatif Kita - an arts carnival that attracted 30,000 participants when it was held in Pasir Gudang, Johor; Borak Arts Series - a regional touring arts conference for creative practitioners, business leaders, and the arts industry to converge and discussion about the arts in South-East Asia as well as Artistlabs - Malaysia’s first and only creative accelerator for entrepreneurs.