TAKZIMS, one of Malaysia’s leading textile suppliers and manufacturers, has always been behind the scenes in the last two decades.
But this year, Takzims has decided to do the opposite, and be in the limelight.
“Enough of being behind the scenes. We decided to take this approach after we realised there is room for us to be an active player.
“So we are seizing that chance,” said Takzims managing director Mohd Shariff Irfan Shamsudeen.
Takzims has been in the textile business since the early 1990s.
The business was founded and established by Shariff’s parents, Shamsudeen Sahaddin and Najira Rachandin.
The name “Takzims” which means highly respected in Arabic, reflects their aspiration to be a reputable and respectable company.
“Ours is a family business. We started small but we kept ahead by learning the business along the way.
“We learned how to source the best wholesale fabric from reliable suppliers.
“Textile trading has always been our main focus before we branched off into the food business.
“Initially, we imported fabric from all over but over the years, we found that fabric from countries such as Egypt, China, Japan and India are the best,” said Shariff, the eldest of four siblings.
His younger brother, Imran Sahab, is the operational and marketing manager for Takzims.
Besides importing and exporting fabrics and textiles, Takzims manufactures fabrics and textiles and also supplies for third-party orders.
The company also caters for wallpaper carpet installation.
“We cater to all types of customers from retail, mini-wholesale and wholesale.
“Our showroom is packed with a variety of fabrics such as rayon, polyester, English cotton, Vietnam cotton, pure silk and Chinese silk.
“We also provide ready-made and custom-made curtains and blinds with a wide range of fabrics and designs.
“Our fabric are of the highest quality, long lasting and is colourfast,” said Shariff, who spoke at the launch of Takzims Food and Ready-To-Wear baju kurung.
He joined Takzims in 2002 and took the lead since then.
Takzims, which now operates from its headquarters in Section 11, Shah Alam, started off as a normal retail textile shop in Segamat, Johor Baru.
They now have five branches – two in Shah Alam, one at Tesco in Rawang, Bandar Pusat Jengka and Bandar Muadzam Shah in Pahang.
The one at Bandar Pusat Jengka has a textile shop and grocery.
“When we started, we noticed there is a growing demand for textile. We decided to move up to Shah Alam as the demand grew.
“Today, we supply our fabric to wholesalers, small traders and agents with two packages – micro and macro.
“Our fabrics are imported but the designs are done by fresh graduates or students from fashion design colleges and universities,” he said.
Takzims, which also customises fabric according to customers’ requests, have spent RM300,000 to buy the machines for this purpose.
They have bulk orders to customise shawls and fabrics, from individuals and corporate bodies.
“The textile business is a good venture and has lots of options.
“But it also has risks such as the rising costs of operations, increased overheads, competitiveness and decline in textile markets.
“We must always check the market demand. We should have the right knowledge with proper planning and networking,” said Shariff, who plans to launch Takzims Cotton fabric by September this year.
Takzims’ ready-to-wear baju kurung with its distinct cut and fabric designs is currently available at all its three branches.
The attractive and neatly tailored baju kurung comes in two styles, baju kurung modern Milan and Armel Matching, which are reasonably priced between RM99 and RM200 depending on the fabric, with sizes from XS to 3XL.
Prior to this, the company started Takzims Online early in 2014.
“Takzims Online is Malaysia’s new online fashion destination.
“It is one of the fastest growing fashion focused e-commerce site in Malaysia offering an extensive collection from our designers.
“Customers can shop from thousands of products, from men’s and women’s fashion apparel, accessories, and other categories.
“We offer a 30-day free return policy, speedy deliveries within one to three working days, free delivery over a certain spend, and multiple payment methods,” said Shariff.
Takzims Food, which they explored in 2013 with RM500,000 investment, sells food from the Middle East such as dates, apple vinegar, date vinegar, date concentrate, pomegranate juice, pure honey, mango juice, extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil and avocado oil.
Takzims Food is open for retail and wholesale customers.
Nasyid singer/songwriter Hafiz Hamidun has been appointed as the spokesperson for two of Takzims’ best dates – Mozafati and Kurma Tangkai Tunisia.
Takzims will launch its Cotton Club fabric this October.
They are investing RM1mil for this and will sell them at its stores and online too.