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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
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
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.
Sustainable fashion in Bali
Everyone loves to take a piece of their travels home with them; be it a recipe, a shell or a purchased item (not I love (insert name of country) t-shirts, fridge magnets, or a snow globe). We’re talking about keepsakes that have a unique story behind them, goods made with traditional techniques and materials that represent the country’s rich culture. Souvenir shopping in Bali is in a league of its own. From rustic hand-thrown ceramics to chic fashion accessories made with age-old weaving techniques. Here’s what we wouldn’t leave Bali without.
Bohemian inspired resortwear
A producer of exclusive resort wear, we’d give Beachgold and gold medal for utilising traditional techniques unique to Bali. The 25-year-old family business also champions local artisans and suppliers in Bali. Indulge in kaftans and dresses made with soft flowing voiles and intricate beadwork, tops and shirts handcrafted with prints and traditional batiks.
Italian sophistication meets Balinese craftsmanship at Gaya Ceramic and Design, with hand-thrown ceramics crafted in the finest Porcelain, Stoneware and Raku clay. With over 70 artisans, the team aspires to preserve and promote this talent by imparting an appreciation of its crafting process to the community. Select from a mix of tableware, decorative pieces, vases and centrepieces to prettify your home.
Sleek everyday household accessories
If you’re little rushed for time or just have one too many souvenirs to buy, step into the charming boutique that is Home Mate. The products at HOME MATE are made with simplicity, practicality, function and purpose in mind. The result is a mix of design-heavy everyday household accessories, sleek wooden kitchenware tools, pottery, exotic variations of tea and sea salt, soap bars and Balinese condiments.
Handmade jewellery by village folk
Known 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. For an unforgettable experience, 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.
Fashion accessories and footwear made with traditional techniques
Stylish footwear and a sassy collection of fashion accessories like handbags, totes, clutches and wallets. This may sound like any other fashion boutique but it certainly is not. All products from Lilla Lane are handmade from natural materials like leather, rattan and beads by specialised Balinese craftsmen. In fact, they feature a range of weaving, grommeting and knotting techniques, marrying ethnicity with class, and a hint of boho chic. If you’d rather opt for some potential fashion faves, head on down to Lilla Lane.
Batik print resortwear with a European twist
Quarzia is a Batik-specialised label that has revolutionised the traditional batik manufacturing technique by adding a European twist. The batik prints are inspired by flower petals, palm trees, peacock feathers and geometric patterns. They also carry a range of kimonos and sarongs. Spoil yourselves silly with some of the most luxurious and lush resortwear in Bali.
Souvenir Shopping in Bali
You’re all packed for your summer vacation at one of Asia’s best beach destinations. Whether it is frolicking on the Sunkist beaches, strolling along the verdant paddy fields out in Ubud or setting off the beaten track in Petitenget to get your shopping fix, looking readily chic and comfy while at it will make the vacation a smooth and memorable one.
Count on the ultimate backdrop of tropical living to carry a stellar collection of resortwear. In this guide to resortwear in Bali, we’ve cherry-picked a jumble of boutiques that hold fabulous pieces – everything from subtle to bold – made with traditional techniques and in various prints and patterns for every body shape and type. Read on to discover where to find these gems.
Handmade designs showcasing traditional local techniques
One look at this boutique and we were sold. You can’t possibly resist an exclusive resort wear boutique that utilises traditional techniques that are unique to Bali itself. And the designs are stunning. You’ll find a mix of the usual suspects; bohemian-inspired off-the-shoulder tops and maxi dresses, kaftans, playsuits and jumpsuits, clad in handcrafted prints and batik designs, crisp whites, elaborate bead work and handmade crochet, just to name a few. The label focuses on using socially responsible methods, avoiding mass-produced garments. Another reason to shop at Beachgold!
A free-flowing style for both men and women
A combination of creative cuts, artisanal details and natural materials is what you’ll find at Biasa. Perfect for the tropical weather, this label has been around for over 20 years crafting a reputation of being one of the most established and unique fashion brands on the island with an international following. From tailored linen looks suited for adventure to stylishly loose-cut silhouettes, the label showcases effortless elegance for men and women. The latest Fall 2016 collection presents timeless and avant-garde looks – think playful appliqué prints, Mondrian-inspired striped patterns, and knotted and hand worked details in luxurious linens, cottons and silks.
Subdued colours and great fitting designs
Buddha Wear first started out producing yoga wear but it wasn’t long before requests and demands brought them to creating everyday wear as well. With a winning combination of using simple colours and great fitting designs made with materials of outstanding quality, this fashion label truly stands out. The collection at Buddha Wear slants a little to the subdue side with a good balance of quiet, simple tones and vibrant tie-dye prints.
Free-spiring pieces for the whole family
It really doesn’t get any more “resort-esque” with a fashion label called By the Sea. Inspired by the island’s vibrant colours, natural beauty and relaxed lifestyle, founder Renato Vianna cleverly turns these elements into free-spirited resortwear for men, women and children. Yes, you read that right; it’s a one-stop destination suited for the entire family. Select from a variety of linen, shirts, Bermuda and pants for the gents; and dresses, tees, pants and accessories for the ladies.
Bold tropical prints
If loud Hawaiian palm tree printed shirts, motif dresses and tribal, floral and animal prints are preeminent must-haves in your resortwear list then you have struck gold at Eva Putu. Recognised for it’s extravagant and bold tropical prints, the label is not shy in going all out and we absolutely adore it. The pieces are hand-tailored in Bali from fine imported cotton, luxury linen and silk so expect comfortable you can wear all day.
Though it founded in Sydney, Frockk is manufactured in Bali by talented sewers, fabric printers and dyers. Its aesthetic is based on natural fabrics and soft, natural hand dyed colours with muted tones and whites with an occasional splash of colour. What’s more, their designs are created to flatter and fit the feminine shape. They also boast versatile styles that can be worn for holidays, to the office and even for after dinner drinks. They even carry a humble collection of jewellery and fashion and lifestyle goods.
Bohemian inspired resortwear
With a creative designer carrying a smorgasbord of cultural references at her fingertips – Luiza Chang was born from a Brazilian mother and a British-Chinese father and has called Europe and Asia home through the years – you just know the pieces at Lulu Yasmine are going to be impressive. Using organic fabrics, their resortwear include a touch of Parisian and Boho influences with the use of luxurious lace, intricate prints and patterns and a mirage of colours. From casual to dressy, you won’t find a dull piece at Lulu Yasmine.
Batik prints with a European twist
Quarzia is a Batik-specialised label that has revolutionised the traditional batik manufacturing technique by adding a European twist. Silky off-the-shoulder dresses drape the body in figure-flattering cascades of fabric; loose-fitting satin pants feature clean lines that create an illusion of length. The batik prints are inspired by flower petals, palm trees, peacock feathers and geometric patterns. They also carry a range of kimonos and sarongs.
Resortwear in Bali
So you’ve scoured the streets of Petitenget for the best fashion and stumbled upon some amazing homewares to take home. Before you tackle the rest of Seminyak and Batu Belig, spoil yourselves with exquisite and one-of-a-kind jewellery designs – all of which have clustered in this busy street. From handcrafted cutting-edge statement pieces to timeless luxury jewellery, you are sure to discover a gem or two. This guide to Jewellery in Petitenget, Bali is especially for you jewellery lovers.
Exquisite and luxurious handcrafted jewellery
It is no doubt Jemme enjoys the finer things in life – fine dining and jewellery to be specific. This boutique cum restaurant offers up a slew of show-stopping jewellery that’s fit for a queen. Their jewellery collections include the finest gemstones, diamonds, embellished with platinum, sterling silver, and various styles of gold coverings. After spoiling yourselves with these works of art, sip on your favourite cocktails at their luxurious restaurant. It doesn’t get any classier than this.
Jewellery inspired by ethnic tribes
Jewel Rocks features jewellery and accessories inspired by globetrotters, ethnic tribes, island-life, nostalgia and casual fashion trends – quite an eclectic mix. The team takes friendship bands to a whole new level by adding delightful touches – stunning charms and various beads in a mix of colours. Tribal-inspired bags and other jewellery collections like necklaces and anklets are also available. Head over to Jewel Rocks if you fancy collecting trinkets and quirky souvenirs from your travels.
Elegant handmade jewellery
Johnny Ramli uses a contrasting combination of oxidised silver, gold and precious stones to create elegant and trendy jewellery. Too much to handle? Well, Johnny Ramli begs to differ. What’s unique about the jewellery is that these conflicting materials click, creating an interesting take on everyday jewellery. Johnny Ramli also uses this signature technique on clutches and leather bags.
Bold statement pieces
Founded in 2001, Nagicia is the brainchild of designer Tricia Kim. The brand strives to create bold statement pieces that evoke the organic textures inspired by the natural beauty of Indonesia – while keeping the heritage of ancient Bali alive. Their collections even extent to men – the boyfriend collection includes jewellery and leather goods. If you’re looking to switch your style up with a more gallant flavour, a trip to Nagicia will do.
This store brings a new dimension to all jewellery stores with its mix of tribal and ethnic styled jewellery from all around the globe. It boasts statement pieces including gold-plated teardrop shaped earrings and chunky hoop earrings in brass, gold or silver. They also offer minimalist collections of studs in hollow star, lotus and hexagon shapes if you fancy something modest. Some pieces are incorporated into healing crystals and gemstones, making them the perfect memento or collector’s item from your trip.
This quaint boutique offers contemporary and progressive jewellery designs that are produced through traditional techniques. There is a stunning mix of chunky and minimalist pieces, all made from sterling silver, gold, rose gold and adorned with various gems. The designs are timeless and undoubtedly will be appreciated by all generations.
Jewellery in Petitenget, Bali
Apart from its picturesque beaches and hip pubs (as well as the infamous Potato Head Beach Club), the fashion scene in Petitenget never cease to amaze. We are well aware about of the shopping precincts in Bali but you’ll be surprised to know that Petitenget – specifically fashion in Petitenget – is a shopping escapade with some of the best shopping in Bali. The humble street offers a commendable plethora of fashion boutiques for both men and women to satisfy all your shopping needs.
One-of-a-kind clusters of boutique shops retailing fine women’s fashion including chic resortwear, menswear, quirky accessories and statement jewellery are just a fraction of what we encountered! We defy you to leave the boutiques empty handed. What’s more, most of these boutiques are commonly owned by local and independent fashion designers and entrepreneurs. Just the kind of shopping we can’t resist!
Luxe Leather Products
An edgy fashion-forward style is what 2ndSkin skin offers. Their impressive range of jackets, bags, shoes and accessories for men and women is made using high-quality leather. What’s more, the pieces are also tailor-made according to your taste. We particularly love their leather jackets, each unique with different cuts and textures. And let’s face it, one can never go wrong with a trendy leather jacket.
Hailing from the land of the rising sun, Armario de M, is a label motivated by bringing to you the most elegant resort wear. Here you will discover a mix of sultry figure-hugging dresses with edgy cuts and casual, sensuous silhouettes and lightweight blouses for the beach. Just the right outfit you’ll need for a fancy get-together with the ladies or a fun-filled day at the beach with the family.
Bali is zilch without its picturesque beaches, making it the perfect destination to flaunt your bikinis and as you’d expect, a hotspot for beachwear boutiques. Emerging from the numerous fashion boutiques is Blue Glue, a French label dedicated to glamorous swimwear. With floral patterns, one-piece swimsuits with edgy cut-outs, bold colours and stylish accents, it is no doubt they take their bikinis very seriously. And after a trip to Blue Glue, you will do so as well!
Luxurious beachwear for women
The looks at Cocomoku are fit for classy, matured women who fancy a little fun in the sun. Their range of beachwear is inspired across Bali’s scenic paddy fields, grandiose highlands, temples and volcanoes. Each piece is embellished with beautiful details including pom-poms, frills, tassels and delicate beading. The boutique also offers a plethora of accessories including zebra print clutches, vibrant coloured bags, snakeskin iPad covers, sleek sandals and Boho boots.
Mix of street and casual style
This multi-brand boutique sits at the very popular Potato Head beach club in Bali. It features a mix of street style and minimalist casual wear for modern men and women. They also feature a humble collection of graphic-printed swimsuits, shoes and accessories. Be sure to get your shopping fix at Escalier before heading to Potato Head.
The trendy boutique boasts chic and elegant luxury resortswear, created with the finest materials. Their collection includes an eclectic range of hand-embroidered shirts like tropical prints, silk tuniques and Japanese abstract patterns. They even host monthly pool and beach club parties together with new product launches. Now who says beachwear can’t be fun and fashionable?
High quality silk and cotton dresses
Dress like a modern gypsy with feminine dresses at Eve clothing. You’ll encounter bohemian styles made with high-quality silk and cotton. Keep a look out for their tie-dye designs and ethnic prints that are perfect for day and night. They also feature luxurious alpaca and silk scarves that could double up as sarongs or cover-ups for your bikinis.
Boho-luxe with an edge of rock-chic
With a creative director like former supermodel and beauty icon, Gail Elliot, Little Joe Woman does not disappoint when it comes to bringing effortlessly elegant and glamorous fashion to the table. Little Joe Woman celebrates women and their femininity, carrying sensual yet rock-chic fashion. Select from a collection of contemporary boho-luxe designs with an edge of rock-chic. The pieces are apt for both causal and dressy events!
For the modern nomad
If your style speaks elegance and sophistication, you’ll feel right at home at Lulu Yasmine. Inspired by the Parisian bohemian lifestyle, this womenswear fashion label carries a fair share of causal to dressy gauzy blouses, silky kaftans and delicate silk and lace dresses suitable for day and night. Encounter a selection of neural hues including creamy white, peachy nude and soft greys.
French inspired elegant apparel
Magali Pascal embodies elegant French inspired designs. Their glamorous pieces are perfect for a casual brunch with the girlfriends or a fancy beach party. The collections are combined with luxurious silks, laces and organic fabrics with refined embellishments. The intricate lace patterns on their black and white pieces are simply stunning and oh-so-chic!
Modern resortwear for men
Nico Perez menswear heavily focuses on lightweight linen making it suitable for hot and cold climates. Designed and manufactured in Bali, this label has a versatile collection of beach, casual and street wear. Details of each piece are simple yet modern, giving them a refreshing take on casual resortwear. Some of his pieces were even adorned in Julia Roberts’ Eat Pray Love.
FASHION IN PETITENGET, BALI
Bali stirs the imagination like no other. A place where soul and culture thrives, it’s only fitting that the designers that hail from this earthly paradise share that same illuminating spark. A testament to Bali’s international allure, the emerging designer labels we’ve pegged as the next big things in Bali are fronted by makers and doers from all over the globe. Effortlessly weaving aspects of Balinese heritage with their own cultural history, here are the emerging designers in Bali you just have to know.
Contemporary beachwear label Franksland, is making waves amongst lovers of the beach life. The epitome of casual cool, Franksland by Franklin Firdaus is well loved for its timeless simplicity that’s not void of personality. A unisex sizing chart and fit makes it accessible to both genders. The clothing oozes an addictive summertime vibe, intensified by pictures of tanned bods lounging in classic draped tees, unbuttoned printed shirts with vintage motifs and nautical style swimwear. Take a leaf or two off their playbook for a summertime sheen that doesn’t fade.
You may remember having come across Miss Milne’s renegade brand of clothing at fashion trade event, Blueprint Singapore. The Bali-based label was started by Helen Milne in 2005 and has since taken its first stride towards international acclaim. The initial impression might be one of girlish charm and whimsy but get to know the character underneath and you’ll see the free-spirited rebel that Miss Milne’s clothes were made for. Girlish frocks balanced with transformative cuts, and stark paneling juxtaposed against drapey silhouettes are just the type of fashion freedom that modern women aspire towards. Get access to Miss Milne’s cutting edge apparel and accessories at the Bali flagship store – This is Genevieve & Miss Milne.
The Nagicia brand creates bold statement pieces evoking the natural beauty and spirit of Bali, where founder and designer Tricia Kim now resides. Nagicia’s collections are an ode to the craftsmanship of Bali, with natural indigenous elements flawlessly fused into the works of wearable art. Handcrafted by Balinese artisans, the Kupu-Kupu and Bambu Laut collections revolve around the joys we inherit from nature, and are crafted with sirsak leaves, a natural Balinese healing ingredient. Luxe exotic skin handbags and clutches adorned with symbols native to Bali make stunning examples of the island’s remarkable heritage and grandeur.
The handbags, clutches and clothes found at Namu are real delicacies. And as soon as you get to know its owner and founder Paola, you’ll know why. With a pedigree in fashion that saw her working for Vivienne Westwood and consulting for Prada no less, Paola has developed a rare yet exquisite taste for the finer details. She designs for her in-store label Namu, which brandishes beautiful stingray leather bags and clutches, chic and vibrant leather purses, sandals and elegant apparel that wouldn’t look out of place at a European luxury boutique. Gadget cases and wallets crafted from luscious leather hardly escape roving eyes…eliciting sneaky grins all round.
The Story Of is a flamboyant expression of founder and designer Kukuh Zuttion’s bold creativity and fun personality. With a self-driven motivation to constantly push creative boundaries, Kukuh’s clothing is trendy yet experimental in shape and style. As a former fashion stylist for MinkPink and Somedays Lovin, Kukuh’s fashion chameleonic instincts translate well aesthetically. Playful and wearable, kaleidoscopic printed dresses and organic dyed kaftans showcase a dexterity of hand and a certain way with colour. Sometimes romantic, sometimes strikingly bold, The Story Of mirrors the complex natures and whims we reveal in our choice of wardrobe.
Zlaba derives from a heartwarming sentiment of expression through art and the desire to provide a piece of personal jewellery that stays with you through life’s currents. Designed by former painter/model, Salvita DeCorte and photographer/creative director, Noran Bakrie, Zlaba works with a wide expanse of local artisans and artists to produce heirloom quality jewellery from local materials that are aesthetically refined yet practical. Exuding an organic quality, Zlaba’s modest, almost metaphysical hand sculpted forms make them exceedingly winsome.
Emerging Designers in Bali