In the past years, Bali has been coming to its own when it comes to shopping. Not only do we have more and more international brands coming in, we also have lots of local designers and brand with great reputation amongst us. The rise of the Malls in Bali also sparks growth in the shopping industries. Not to mention all the cute local shops that makes it hard to resist the shopping temptation that is Bali. Here we compile the ultimate shopping list for you, starting from the best local brand or designer that you should check out!
1. PAULINA KATARINA
Where: Jl. Kayu Jati, Seminyak
There is no stopping to Bali Based PAULINA KATARINA who have established their brand as one of Indonesia’s top fashion brands. After being selected as one of the finalists of the Most Innovative Fashion brands at the Cleo Fashion Awards in 2015, they followed it with highly acclaimed runway shows at Jakarta Fashion Week in the last two years. Now they are part of the 5th generation of the prestigious Indonesian Fashion Forward and continue to shine with their innovations. Paulina Katarina has three lines to their brand: Paulina Katarina, Archipelago and their latest premium resort line: Wanderlust.
Where: Jl. Cendrawasih #2, Petitenget
Tulola, is a modern, luxury jewelry brand that partners with artisans to incorporate exquisitely handcrafted details into our collections. Tulola was started in 2007 by designer Sri Luce Rusna who later on partner up with Happy Salma. Sri opened the Tulola Studio in her garage, with a small and passionate team of jewelers working on one of a kind art wear pieces focused on elevating traditional craftsmanship techniques into new levels. Tulola is worn by both local and international celebrities, including Tyra Banks, Courtney Love, Kelly Rowland to name a few. Drawing inspiration from the Indonesian Archipelago we explore our artisan heritage by discovering the motifs and designs from our past, and restoring them modern and fresh collections.
3. STRAW THE LABEL
Where: The Straw Hut Kitchen, Bar and Shop
Founded by Aylin Kanginnadhi, STRAW is a Bali based leather goods and swimwear company with a focus on sustainability. They started in 2013 and has been going on strong ever since. Their last involvement in the Indonesian popular movie, Ada Apa Dengan Cinta 2, also put them on the map. Inspired by minimalism and the less is more philosophy STRAW seeks to create leather bags that is versatile and durable. Their models are beautiful and is perfect for any occasions. This year, the STRAW brand is expanding to include swimwear. Also handmade in Bali, this line of swimwear stay true of their vision and uses Italian sustainable techno-fabric made with Econyl® – 100% regenerated polyamide fiber from post-consumer materials and LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™.
Where: Jl. Kayu Aya, Seminyak
Olenka is Bali at heart and global by nature. This Ready-to-wear women’s fashion label is synonymous with play, sophistication and timelessness. Born in Bali in 2011 our homegrown brand is breaking new ground in the Indonesian fashion industry and beyond. One of the first Indonesian fashion houses to design and offer high quality swimwear as part of its collections Olenka gives the modern woman a well-rounded wardrobe, one that exudes effortless elegance and attention to detail. From hand-printed fabrics to the tailoring of each and every garment, Olenka has one big point of difference: Good, lasting quality. Olenka is not disposable fashion. Our collections are adaptable and easily integrated with each and every woman’s unique style.
5. LES BICHES
Where: Jl. Kayu Jati No.7, Seminyak
Les Biches are Emi, Andri and Stephan; three inspired individuals who were gathered by fate, united by a shared vision and enthralled by the endless creative freedom that they find in Bali. “Les biches” literally means “the does” (as in female deer), but the term is French slang for girls or girlfriends and loosely translates into “the sweethearts” or “the darlings”. To Emi, Andri and Stephan it stands for feminine strength, frivolous wit and a flirty seductiveness. It is a name that allows the designers to dream up an exquisite and always humorous world and offer their own brand of eccentric chic to today’s gentlewoman. Les Biches were founded in 2012 and continue to release amazing collections each year.
6. NILUH DJELANTIK
Where: Jl. Raya Kerobokan #144
Founded in July 2003 by Niluh Putu Ary Pertami Djelantik, the brand was originally known as Nilou. In 2008, Nilou was rebranded to Niluh Djelantik, a name that resonates with Bali and Indonesia. With a background in Marketing and passion for shoes, Niluh started her business with nothing but love. At first it could take her and her shoemakers up to two months to get a design right. Comfort is key to Niluh, and she aims to design high heels that can be worn comfortably for 8 hours. She tried and tested each product to find the right model; she uses the best materials; and she works with skillful shoe artisan that she considers her family. In a short amount of time, Nilou catches the attention of the fashion industry. A small brand from Bali was sold in Europe, Australia, Asia, and New Zealand. As the principal designer and creative director, Niluh took pride in each and every one of her creation. All of the shoes and accessories are manufactured at the Bali atelier or, as they call it, the shoe-cave. Every product is 100% handmade with love by Indonesian shoe artisans who have been making shoes for 30 years, using high quality leather and materials.
Where: Jalan Raya Seminyak 36, Kuta
Founded by Italian-born Susanna Perini in 1994, BIASA’s first collection was showcased in a small, rustic yet contemporary stand-alone boutique in Seminyak, Bali. The boutique was only one of a few on the street at the time and a first of its kind on the island offering innovative sophisticated ‘resort wear’. Biasa is known for their new and innovative collections using natural dying methods, hand woven and stitched material with hand crafted details by local artisans. BIASA’s signature style; the combination of creative cuts, artisanal details and natural materials perfect for tropical havens and warm weather. Almost twenty years later, BIASA has grown to become one of the most established and unique fashion brands on the island with an international following spanning across the globe.
Where: Jl. Pantai Berawa No.15, Canggu
Maru Bali Jewelry, established in 2005 by goldsmith designer Martina Urbas, is a signature jewelry brand based in Bali, Indonesia. Well known for inspired handmade designs and a commitment to quality, Maru brand continues to attract savvy seekers from around the world who love jewelry and know how to wear it! Maru has a wide range of manufacturing capabilities available to our customers with in house production from a centralized location. Maru’s own teams of jewelers are skilled in the full range of traditional handmade jewelry techniques available in Bali and Java. Designing and producing handmade jewelry in Bali for the past 28 years has been a fascinating adventure for Martina, allowing her to interpret my vision using a rich and detailed art form which celebrates the spirit of the maker and of the wearer equally.
Where: Les Biches store, Jl. Kayu Jati no. 7, Seminyak
Debbie Tea is an Indonesian-born, Bali-based photo artist and illustrator. She graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and was selected as one of the New Dutch Photography Talents in 2013. For her work, “Sputnik Sweetheart,” she received the special Asia Creative Award by ACN Japan in 2015. She started PANTAINANAS in Summer 2014, a genderless art label that combines her love of graphic prints with clean lines and simple patterns. These elements, mixed with the objects and stories that happen around her are created with her signature bold lines and minimalist approach in monochromatic designs. Each of their products is made, crafted and printed by themselves, which makes them limited edition and costs a bit more. We are a very small team of intensely passionate people who strives to give the best of what we love and believe in. In order to deliver the finest-quality fabric goods and prints, we also work closely with our fellow printmakers, while phone cases are made by order and manually printed one by one by Debbie Tea, herself.