As Bali gears up for 2019, it will prove to be another year of unabashed creativity as the island's designers express their personal visions into beautiful fashion designs for the world to admire. Built on sustainable values and a dedication to hand-made craftmanship, Bali's fashion scene continues to offer something that is found nowehere else in the world. The result? A shopping paradise in more ways than one. To get the year started, we round up some of our favorite fashion brands we are keeping an eye on in 2019. Each one brings something unique to the Bali fashion scene that we haven.t seen before. There's lots to love and discover, so here we go...
Everything about this brand is fresh, crisp and most importantly, irresistibly cute. KidsaGoGo stocks an adorable range of clothing, swimwear and shoes for boys and girls aged 0 to 10 years, as well as a delightful selection of accessories, homeware and soft toys. A true passion project of its creator, Sue Hadinata, the brand was originally inspired by Hadinata’s own dress creations for her two daughters. Now her love for children’s clothing design has taken KidsaGoGo to the international stage. Its colours and contemporary prints draw on inspiration from the tropical abundance of island life, while the 100% cotton fabrics maintain a clean and delicate image.
Fun and quirky is the name of the game for Australian-based fashion brand, Bamboo Blonde. From cute cocktail dresses to flowing, boho-inspired maxi skirts, the brand has got that effortless ‘Bali babe’ look covered. Now with 11 stores on the island, and a colourful flagship boutique on Jalan Laksmana in Seminyak, Bamboo Blonde is going from strength to strength. It’s no wonder; with an international team of fashion designers led by Louise Henry, the brand really draws on its designers’ own love of all things travel and lifestyle. Go tropical with a best-seller such as their Gold of Summer Playsuit, or opt for something a little more understated with the Infinity Jumpsuit from their new collection. One of Bali’s few, if only fast fashion brand, be sure to check out their collections soon before they’re sold out!
To protect you from the sun and look awesome, recently launched sunglasses brand Bambusee ticks all the right boxes. Each of Bambusee’s glasses are handmade by local craftsmen using raw natural materials. Hand- quarried stone and wood that is recycled or has been reclaimed from demolished houses, means that every piece you buy is entirely unique, original and sustainable. If this is not enough, this stylish brands’ commitment to the community is unmatched. With every purchase you directly contribute to local Indonesian charities, help to employ people living with HIV/AIDS, rehabilitated drug users and other vulnerable groups. A partnership with the Indonesian Eye Doctors’ Association and the NGO Besi Pae, help to support poorer Indonesians who suffer from eye problems. Bambusee is the full package and a brand to watch and support.
Look no further than Lahana Swim for the ultimate in Insta-chic swimwear. The brand is not shy of its popularity on social media, nor for girls looking to turn heads pool and beach-side! Lahana Swim is the answer – its faithful fans even have the chance to join the ‘La Tribe’ movement, should they tag the brand in their ‘grams. The pieces aim to make girls feel confident, fabulous and truly feminine. Indeed, the Azarha or the Mayla bottoms are not for the faint-hearted and certainly give ample opportunity to flaunt the beauty of the feminine figure. Its three current campaigns, High Desert, Bondi Babe and Stranded Island reflect the Australian heritage of the brand and the country’s love of all-things salt and sand.
Chic, minimalistic, contemporary: the perfect way to describe The Looking Forward. Truly a hidden gem, this up-and-coming eyewear brand specializes in sunglasses to make any girl feel like a fashion-forward girl boss! Nail the ‘blogger look’ with its three different collections, or ‘series’ of glasses: the cat eye, the oval and the skinny. All are equally stylish and sophisticated, but cater for a look for any occasion, be it retro, fierce or futuristic. Never forgetting the sea and sand of island life, the brand also offers a shell cord to upgrade its sunnies with a touch of tropical.
K&I is the epitome of glamour! All so beautifully embroidered, copious quantities of beads, glitter and precious stones adorn each of its pieces. The brand doesn.t know the meaning of ‘excessive’ when designing its range of dresses, tops, bottoms and swimwear. Its colours are eye-catching, using shades of precious jewels, from sapphires to rubies, or of pretty pink pastels and bright whites. The figure-hugging, statement pieces don’t just look good, but are of the highest quality too – customers all over the world recognize the brand’s luxurious nature. Indeed K&I is an international brand by its very nature, and its pieces grace the beaches of not only Bali, but Ibiza, St. Tropez, Juan Les Pins and Phuket. The unique beaded designs are the glitz that every girl needs!
Daun & Co.
Lightweight tunics and flowing dresses feature heavily in Daun & Co’s collections, together with handmade leather accessories to finish off an effortlessly cool outfit. Unlike many of the trendy Seminyak fast-fashion boutiques, American-Indonesian brand, Daun & Co., have set themselves apart with their commitment to a slower, hand-made approach to fashion that emphasizes the quality of each of their pieces. But that hasn’t stopped them becoming a firm favourite among Balinese locals and tourists alike. In fact, the exclusive nature of their leather and linen goods is something appealing, and the brand encourages buyers with a ‘purchase there and then’ attitude. With such exquisite pieces that are not mass produced – each unique piece could quickly be snapped up by another customer!
Mrs Sippy combines sun, swim and style and, having taken Sydney by storm, the Australian brand opened in Bali just last year. Don’t be fooled by its appearance as a vibrant food-and-drink venue; tucked away near the bar is its very own Mrs Sippy Bazaar providing guests with a one-stop shopping experience, featuring numerous trendy Indonesian fashion brands, including Innika Choo and Pared Eyewear. It caters perfectly for all resort-wear needs to ensure visitors are looking and feeling their finest – a compliment to the ultra-cool Mrs Sippy experience.
The Welikebali brand is the home to collections designed and produced by the Dutch island-lovers behind travel and style blog, Welikebali.com, Eve and Pris. After deciding to pack their bags and leave for ‘one year in the tropics’ in 2009, Welikebali was born. Now, almost ten years later, the two sunshine sisters are the designers behind their own fashion brand, which hopes to give their followers a taste of the sun-kissed life. Their very first collection, Take Me to Bali, offered a more basic range of t-shirts, swimwear and accessories. The most recent collection however, Aloha, has taken the brand to new heights with dresses, skirts, playsuits and even jackets. Young and fun, all the pieces come in ditsy, flirtatious prints and summery colours. The girls make sure their collections stay true to their Bali roots though, supporting local businesses and working directly with partners on their products on the island.
Fashion-conscious Instagrammers taking inspiration from stylish Australian Innika Choo’s feed will be pleased to know that she has her own collection of hand-finished, unique smocks and dresses. Since 2016, Innika Choo has been its very own label and is a true reflection of Choo’s free-spirit and love of DIY design. Feminine frills, girly ties and heavy embroidery all feature on each of the one-size-fits-all pieces which come in an array of earthy tones. Bohemian and effortlessly cool, this mother-of-two has created pieces to come back to summer after summer. The simplicity of the linen material from which they are crafted and their total versatility to fit all body shapes and styles make Innika Choo a go-to for easy-to-wear chic.
Think Raffia Society, think Insta-famous slides! Understated and yet sophisticated, these shoes are the perfect complement to a modern island lifestyle. Hailing from Byron Bay, Australia, Raffia Society are dedicated to producing high-quality, ethical pieces. Their leather sandals are masterfully woven by artisans to create unique, individual designs. Currently featured in their collection are three different styles of slide: the Dolce, the Costa and the Isola and all styles are offered in four earthy tones: cashew, carbon, cognac and cocoa. Though no two of the rustic and lovingly handcrafted shoes are ever exactly the same; all part of the raw beauty of Raffia Society’s designs.