Sustainable Fashion in Bali
Image: Lulu Yasmine
What’s better than shopping for chic apparel and fashion accessories at your favourite holiday destination? Knowing that you’re giving back to the community and environment as well. From using organic materials to adopting traditional techniques, these brands in Bali go the extra mile in fighting against fast fashion, producing apparel that is sustainable yet stylish and chic. So the next time you visit the tropical island, be sure to pay a visit to one of these boutiques offering sustainable fashion in Bali.
Pioneers of fair trade and sustainable methods
40 Jalan Raya Basangkasa, Seminyak Bali 80361 (Flagship boutique)
Probably the pioneers of sustainable fashion and fair trade in Bali, Balizen began their journey in the 1990s with wholesale company, zen zen. Years later, the eco brand continues to design fabrics based on nature & traditional Asian motifs and home décor items using hand made textiles & natural fibres from Bali. The registered fair trade company uses ecologically sustainable natural materials such as bamboo, vetiver, capiz shell and organic cotton and reduces waste by making patchwork and carpets from fabric scraps and decorations on bags – all handmade by village artisans or in their Balizen in-house fair trade workshop.
Bamboo is the new cotton
Experience true comfort and the finest quality at Banbooku. The brand uses 100% bamboo as a viable and sustainable alternative to cotton. The result is a collection of the most comfortable, softest and plushest bed linen, towels, scarves, fashion accessories and apparel for women, kids and men. It’s good to know that the bamboo material is naturally hypoallergenic – ideal for children and sensitive skin types, antibacterial, certified organic, odour-resistant and totally sustainable. Once you go bamboo, you can never go back.
Chic and casual, contemporary and indulgent resort wear
54 Jalan Laksmana Seminyak Bali 80361 (Flagship boutique)
This contemporary resort wear brand carries a series of chic dresses, skirts, kaftans, playsuits, off-the-shoulder tops, pants and shorts for endless frolicking at your favourite beach destination. Beachgold has supported fair trade and local garment and textile artisans and adopts socially conscious practices in the creation of their exclusive resort wear collections. Soft flowing hand printed voiles, crepes and locally spun fabrics form the basis for all of their collections.
Basic building blocks for a chic and edgy wardrobe
Founded in 2008, Eleven44 is an eco textiles, ethical manufacturing and fair trade brand that chooses to work with small family manufacturers and produce slow fashion, traded fairly with individuals they know and care about. The brand also supports farming that is organic and uses low impact dyes on organic cotton, staying away from GMO seeds or pesticides. The highlight of Eleven44 is its creative eye for edgy and chic pieces inspired by repeating patterns, geometry, music, mathematics, nature, mysticism. Some of its best sellers include organic cotton streetwear, activewear, loungewear, athleisure and statement jewellery.
Apparel and home décor made with natural dyeing techniques
A lifestyle brand in tune with nature, La Boheme is inspired by organic forms with a twist of timeless classical French style. The fashion and homewares brand uses handwoven pieces, natural dyes, subtle colours and unique designs. Extracts from the flowers, fruits and leaves of plants and trees – some of which have beneficial effects – are used in the age-old process of natural dyeing. Loose-fitting and ‘flowy’ resort wear, and hand painted cushion covers and throws can be found here.
An ode to Bohemian travel
Lulu Yasmine is a handmade high-quality clothing brand, which uses sophisticated organic fabrics. Inspired by travel, ethnic arts with a touch of Parisian and bohemian lifestyle, Lulu Yasmine blends classic and feminine style for free spirited and elegant women. Born from a Brazilian mother and a British-Chinese father, creative designer, Luiza Chang was brought up across Europe and has lived in Asia for over 15 years – pretty self-explanatory how she has a variety of cultural references at her fingertips and why the brand is heavily inspired by many cultures. All clothes are handmade, some of which can take over ten days to be completed.
Blending Indonesian artistic tradition with an Italian contemporary touch
Quarzia was founded by Italian designers, Simonetta and Marco, who fell in love with the artistic skill of the Balinese. Intrigued by the Indonesian batik manufacturing technique, they started to design silk batik clothes using the ancient art of fabric decoration with a contemporary European twist. The handmade batik designs –made by local artisans in their factory in Ubud – are inspired by petals, flowers, palm trees, peacock feathers and geometric patterns, made in luxurious fabrics like silk, chiffon and cotton.