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Island Vibes


Home to the Oberoi hotel, Jalan Laksmana in Bali’s fashionable resort of Seminyak also hosts some of the isle’s best boutiques. By HUI FANG. Photographed by PABLO ANDREOLOTTI

Published on Apr 7, 2010

+ The Corner Store
Owner Sean Cosgrove hails from Melbourne, so laidback Australian street style dominates this airy spot. You’ll find groovy 1970’s-inspired pieces from Ebony Eve, cool summer tunics by Prisoners of St. Petersburg and Cosgrove’s own cheeky children’s label Littlehorn. Keep your eyes peeled for vintage finds like a pair of Carrera Sport shades. If you need a shopping break, nip to the back and have a peek at the art space. Or rest your feet out in the front and enjoy a cuppa.

10A Jalan Laksmana, Bali, Indonesia, +623 6173 6187

+ sKs SimpleKonsepStore
Not as straightforward as its name implies, this ambitious store peddles design-savvy fashion and lifestyle items from all around the world. On the ground floor, you’ll find local labels such as Coquette, Nakal and Baby Manis, which combine Italian flair with traditional batik-printing methods. Prices run on the steep side, but you won’t find these pieces anywhere else—and that’s reason enough to splurge. Venture upstairs to browse the carefully curated selection of furniture and house wares, including the store’s exclusive collection of handmade ceramic objects made in collaboration with Gaya Ceramic and Design, an Ubud firm that’s worked with Armani Casa and Bulgari Hotels and Resorts.

40 Jalan Laksmana, Bali, Indonesia, +62 361 730 0393

+ Perlu

Plenty of shops in Bali flog handcrafted silver jewelry. What sets this shop apart is its devotion to locally sourced materials, which are fashioned into modern styles. You’ll find long necklaces made out of flattened silver pieces and turquoise and coral beads, and bangles trimmed with sterling silver that resemble Frank Gehry’s collection for Tiffany & Co., but at a fraction of Tiffany’s prices. All the pieces are made by craftsmen in the shop’s second-floor workshop, not from an assembly line.

44A Jalan Laksmana, Bali, Indonesia, +62 361 780 2553

+ Bamboo Blonde
The name says it all. This shop, complete with a velvet pink counter, oversized mirrors and Victorian footstools, specializes in attention-seeking clothes that are fun, flirty and colorful. If you’re a fan of British designer Celia Birtwell’s whimsical prints, you’ll find plenty of vivid patterns here to pad your wardrobe. Check out the shop’s own in-house line of party threads, Blurr.

1 Jalan Laksmana, Bali, Indonesia, +62 361 780 5919

+ Lulu
Bali’s fashonistas swear by this label known for its slinky cuts, delicate fabrics and subtle details. Housed in a boudoir-style boutique with black chandeliers, Brazilian–Chinese owner Luiza Chang’s silk and jersey designs don’t scream Las Vegas va-va-voom. Instead they whisper European élan—perfect for swilling cocktails at the perennially chic Ku De Ta.

100 Jalan Laksmana, Bali, Indonesia, +62 361 736 763

+ The Orchard
This is the place to stock up on bespoke decor pieces. Pebble-textured, stingray-leather photo frames, hammered copper vases, teak sun loungers and elaborately carved wood screens litter the first floor. Upstairs is a furniture showroom. If the pieces look familiar, you’ve probably spotted them at a nearby five-star hotel; this shop is the retail arm of iBal Designs, a firm that’s decorated more than 70 luxury hotels worldwide including the Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay. A cardholder made of stingray leather in a rainbow of colors or homemade scented candles make fine, and more portable, gifts.

33 Jalan Laksmana, Bali, Indonesia, +62 361 736 724

+ Sabia
A label that channels the Hamptons’ classic elegance burnished with French Riveria chic, Sabia produces a signature, must-have elegant tote basket in silver (available in six different sizes). Shoppers will also be tempted by pretty dresses and T-shirts trimmed with ribbon.

44B Jalan Laksmana, Bali, Indonesia, +62 361 731 439


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