As a believer of everyday aesthetics, Ninth Gallery has helped to infuse the everyday lives of their customers with a concept of art, passion, and beauty. Not only are they pioneers in bringing exquisite lifestyle products from vibrant countries such as Japan, Taiwan, Europe and the US, they also strive to support local independent designers by shining a spotlight on them in our creative culture-loving community.

Behind Ninth Gallery is founder and director Eve Lim. With a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a minor in Mathematics, Eve initially got her start in financial risk consultancy before taking the road less travelled and opening Ninth Gallery. No stranger to taking a hands-on approach when it comes to running her business—from sourcing to shipping—there’s no task too small for her!


Q: Was establishing a stationery and lifestyle store always part of your plan, or did it just come to you out of a whim?
A: Ninth Gallery was an idea I had in mind for the longest time. While I was studying in Missouri, I lived on Ninth Street, where my concept of Ninth Gallery truly came together. When I returned to Malaysia and worked in the finance industry, it was at the back of my mind. Starting this business was something I had always wanted to do, and I love the constant challenges posed by being my own boss.

Q: What drew you to the allure of specially designed items that are both aesthetically pleasing and functional?
A: Ninth Gallery was founded upon the idea of brewing life’s aesthetics. I believe that it is important to take arts and culture and infuse it into our daily lives through beautiful, pragmatic objects that enrich one’s life in a positive way.

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Q: Has your background in economics helped you in any way with running Ninth Gallery?
A: Entering the industry with a business mindset and a background in economics allows me to be more realistic about my expectations for the Ninth Gallery. Because of my background, I feel I am able to strategise my goals and passions and materialise my vision for Ninth Gallery within a realistic structure.

Q: What inspired you to make the transition from financial risk consultancy to being in the designer lifestyle products business?
A: I have always kept the Ninth Gallery concept in my head just waiting for the right time to do it. Because I had grown up in Taipei before moving to Penang in my childhood, I had been exposed to the concept of lifestyle stores since an early age and I have always wanted to run one of my own.

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Q: Owning your own business can be physically and mentally exhausting at times. Do you ever question your decision to run your own store?
A: Yes. Everybody will question their decision to run their own store. You always ask yourself “why am I doing this?” and “how can I do it better?” and “where do we want to be?” And, you always have to adjust your goals as new opportunities are always just across the way.

Q: What have you been most grateful for since starting this endeavour?
A: I am grateful to live a life where I feel more like a well-rounded person. I love the challenges of running my own business and the freedom to dictate my own visions.


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