If you’re looking for a quiet little spot in Bali, away from the hustle and bustle of Seminyak, then Ubud would most certainly be your cup of tea. And to entice you just a little more, they’ve got some charming fashion in Ubud’s distinct cultural vibe with modern designs that would suit even those with more contemporary tastes. Despite having some great fashion boutiques, it is their jewellery and accessories that really stand out – thanks to expert techniques at the hands of native Balinese craftsmen, some of whom actually have ancestors who worked as royal artisans for Balinese royalty and Hindu priests. Read on to find out which store has such rare pieces, in our guide to fashion in Ubud!
Ubud plays host to some of the best yoga sanctuaries, but you’ll only receive a complete experience with the right yoga attire. There’s no doubt Ubud has many yoga attire shops, but Bali Yoga Shop stands out from the rest. Their range of funky and practical yoga gear for men, women and kids will transport you to Zen mode in seconds.
44 Jalan Hanoman Padangtegal, Ubud, Bali 80571
After designing and producing swimwear in Paris since 1989, Blue Glue decided to expand to Bali in 2004, bringing with them an elegant line of fashionable swimwear that supports its reputation around the world as a producer of “glam on the beach” bikinis and other beachwear. That includes more than just swimsuits – and also beach cover-ups, and casual sundresses for the poolside.
Jalan Raya Ubud (opposite Cafe Lotus), Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, 80571 | Also available online.
Buddha Wear is all about being socially and ethically responsible – that’s why more than just providing colourful and comfortable yoga clothing, the boutique also takes care of their staff members, making sure they get fair wages, subsidised meals, and health benefits for them and their families. Purchasing from Buddha Wear is not just about bringing home a nifty set of clothes to impress your next yoga class, it’s also contributing to the community in a small but meaningful way.
Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia 80571 | Also available online.
Established in Australia, this label provides the most comfortable apparel for women of all shapes and sizes. The apparel is made from natural linens, cotton and silks that are hand dyed and printed locally by families in villages. You’ll find stylish, light cotton pieces that are perfect for tropical climates! Collections include neutral hues with random splashes of colours, prints and patterns. Frockk also features a wide range of accessories like leather sandals, handbags and sarongs to adorn your holiday looks.
Jalan Dewi Sita, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia 80111 | Also available online.
Raved by many for its stunning showroom – a bamboo-like architecture with a unique rooftop, amidst lush paddy fields – John Hardy is a jewellery shop unlike any other. Spoil yourselves with a variety of jewellery designs hand-made locally by village folk, using traditional jewellery making techniques. Be sure to make an appointment for an hour long tour and you’ll receive a first-hand experience of the jewellery making process, with over 600 craftsmen working in the workshop.
Br. Baturning, Mambal, Abiansemal, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80352
Amongst the rich, cultural experiences, do remember to practice a little retail therapy at Karmarama Lifestyle Boutique. Its collection includes a series of comfortable beachwear like kaftans, dresses and kimono tops as well as yoga gear. With two stores under their kitty, Karmarama is quickly becoming a prominent spot to pop by for trendy, versatile apparel.
64 Jl. Hanoman, Ubud, Bali 80571
Eco-sustainability is all the rage right now, so it’s rather unsurprising that there’d be eco-friendly jewellery as well – eco-gold, to be specific. And Treasures uses this eco-gold for every one of their handmade jewellery pieces, which basically means that all the gold they use is 100 percent recycled, as no new mining has been done to acquire it. Their team of goldsmiths is entirely Balinese, whose ancestors worked as court artisans for Hindu priests and Indonesian royals. So you can expect intricate jewellery made from rare materials like precious gemstones, antique beads, ancient coins, fossilized mammoth ivory carvings, rare pearls in unique colours and, of course, 100 percent recycled 22k gold.
Jalan Raya Ubud (Next to Ary’s Warung), Ubud, Bali, Indonesia 80571
Lots of people head down to Bali for yoga retreats, and if you’re one of them, you’ll be glad to find We’ar, a yoga boutique that offers yoga apparel made with organic fibre. The result is comfortable fabrics that are as breezy as they are stylish. Each piece is individually crafted and finished with hand-sewn details so you look as good as you feel on the yoga mat.
Jalan Hanoman No. 41, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia 80571 | Also available online.