17 July 2016

Local fashion

Thinking of shopping for the collections of local designers in Bali? Here are four of the island's indie designers who create unique styles that might suit your quirky tastes.

Amiga Through Amiga, founder Ami Zijta wants to convey Marilyn Monroe’s philosophy to dress tight like a woman but loose enough to be a lady. Amiga’s designs are elegant, vibrant, colorful and are made to suit different tastes in styles. Having sold her dresses through friends and concepts stores, Ami recently celebrated the opening of her own store at Lippo Mall Kuta. Those seeking to have an exclusive design could also opt to purchase a custom-made dress. Price range: Rp 200,000 for tops, Rp 500,000 for dresses, Rp 1.4 million for silks.

NurkamayaIt’s not just style that Maya Nursari wants to showcase through her label, but also an eco-fashion concept. Nurkamaya’s style is casual, edgy and simple and it’s only available in dual color tones: black and white. All of the clothes are made from bamboo fiber fabrics so that they don’t leave as much of a carbon footprint as clothes made of cotton. Aside from that, Maya applies a fair-trade policy to the production. Available online, Maya’s collections can also be found at the To~Ko Concept Store at the Rumah Sanur Creative Hub at Jl. Danau Poso 51A, Sanur. Price range: Rp 165,000 to Rp 380,000 if purchased within Indonesia.

SijiSiji is the creation of Myra Juliarti. She refers to it as a style for introverted people. Unlike other brands that have flowery styles, siji is loose, simple and relaxed. It’s for those who love to hide yet also reveal their uniqueness through Myra’s edgy designs that are mostly available in soft, neutral colors. Shop online or head to Ubud to get siji’s collections, available at Bisama on Monkey Forest Road, Warang Wayan on Jl. Dewi Sita, and at Pasar-pasaran in Uma Seminyak on Jl. Cendana, Seminyak. Price range: Rp 400,000 to Rp 600,000.

Tuvee. The best way to describe Tuvee’s style is that the clothes set you free. It’s not too girly, but feminine enough. Devianna Meliala, the designer, loves to create casual style with fresh twists using light printed fabric. Endless Summer, out of one of Tuvee's collections. Tuvee is the brand-child of Devi and Ratu Ayu, who once had a shop on Jl. Benesari in Legian, Kuta, but they closed it in 2015. They later put their collections online on Berrybenka, but those interested to try on the clothes can go to Clara Bella in Sanur, Loverancor in Canggu, or the Bodag shop in Ubud. Price range: Rp 150,000 to Rp 500,000.

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