Of course, there is more to Bali than its pool bars and pinkish sunsets. With the bonus of lower overhead costs and the incredible craftsmanship, many entrepreneurs are moving to this pretty paradise en masse to either set up shop or source the materials they need for their business idea.
Here are a few places we'd recommend to put on your list and get in touch with.
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TAILORS & CLOTHING MANUFACTURERS
It’s no secret that Bali’s a hot spot for rising international fashion designers to experiment and work towards making a mark on the island like popular Aussie brands Bamboo Blonde, Auguste Boutique and Seafolly.
If you’re looking for tailors in Bali, there’s practically one on every street corner. Tip: Check out some of the garments they’re currently making and look out for stitching and attention to detail. The smaller local tailors are usually familiar with simple cuts and requests (dresses, tops, shorts, bathers) but you’d probably have to source the fabrics (check out our ‘Textiles’ section below!).
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For larger scale production, we’d suggest starting with our list of the best clothing manufacturers in Bali. They usually have their own textile suppliers (with the best prices) so you’ll just have to chat with them about your desired materials and designs. From surfwear, yoga outfits and bikinis to lingerie, boho dresses and streetwear, they can do pretty much anything you want.
Bali is also home to some of the best leather-makers in the world who work with different types of materials from cow leather and suede to faux leather. We’d suggest exploring Kuta or Jalan Oberoi in Seminyak for these leather tailors if you’re looking to produce handbags, purses, footwear or jackets.
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Whether you’re seeking a couple meters or rolls of different types of lace, silks, organic cottons or linens, Bali’s got them all. From a four-storey textile megastore to a whole street in Jalan Sulawesi (Denpasar) lined with fabric shops, you’ll find a fantastic array of beautiful fabrics that’ll leave you spoiled for choice.
Home to some of the world’s best gold and silversmiths with a level of workmanship and artistry that’s unique to the island, Bali’s definitely a great base to explore if you’re looking to launch your own jewellery brand.
Celuk Village is home to the masters of gold and silver, and it’s situated just south of Ubud near the popular Sukawati Art Market. Almost every family is made up of artisans so don’t hesitate to knock on the door and have a chat with them about your designs. Plus, most places offer a low minimum order quantity so you won’t have to worry about having a high capital cost especially if you’re just starting out.
You can also sign up for workshops to learn what goes on behind the scenes in the production processes or pop into one of the household galleries to see their beautiful collection of rings, necklaces, studs and many more.
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Bali’s definitely a never-ending treasure trove of gorgeous lifestyle and home decor. Whether you’re seeking designer pieces with a tropical touch, handcrafted ceramics or boho-chic woven home accessories, you’ll find it all in little boutiques along Canggu or Seminyak.
One of the best ways to learn more about setting up a business in Bali is to meet and mingle with other like-minded entrepreneurs so you can score valuable tips and recommendations. We’d definitely suggest checking out these popular co-working spaces in Bali.