The Bali Curator was founded in January 2018 by Pria Angga Saputra and Cecile Schimmel as Ethical Sourcing Bali. In October 2019 Ethical Sourcing Bali became The Bali Curator.
With a lot of experience in sourcing in Bali and Java for both their own accessories label ‘First of June’, as well as for other brands, Angga and Cecile noticed a communication gap between Indonesian artisans and foreign entrepreneurs.
Often the artisans would be extremely skillful and great at their job of creating products, but they would not have learned any time management skills, marketing or to speak English.
On the other hand, foreign entrepreneurs and designers would often have amazing ideas and impressive designs, but they hadn’t been in Indonesia long enough to understand how to communicate their wishes to the artisans in a way that is culturally appropriate and effective. Or they would not even know where to start looking for the person with the right skills to help them produce their collection.
And that is why we started The Bali Curator. We aim to be the bridge that helps designers and entrepreneurs collaborate the right artisans and manufacturers for their projects. We believe to achieve the best results, the production process should be a collaborative partnership between buyer and producer, rather than a linear process. With our team we are here to help you find production partners, act as the contact person for both you and your production partner to ensure smooth communication, manage the sampling and production processes and assist with quality control before shipment.
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Transparency is a keyword in our approach. We do not secretly add to the prices of the products we source for you, nor do we accept commissions in any form from any of the manufacturers or artisans our clients work with. We do charge for our services separately.
We choose to work this way because we think it is important for us to protect our independent status as a production manager. That way we will be able to objectively advise about which manufacturer we think suits best to your project.
Secondly, as stated above, we think it is important for the quality of the process and the result, that the production process is based on a collaborative partnership. By being open and transparent about the people and processes involved in your production process, we are be able to educate both the artisans about our client's needs and our clients about the story of their supply chain. We believe that mutual understanding is an essential condition if we aim to create successful and ethical collaborations that are beneficial for both the brand and the producers.
If you plan to visit Bali, we will be happy to invite you on a manufacturer visit. And we also do offer the service of creating a photo story of your production process.
For more information about our services, please have a look at our Services Page. Have a look at the References Page, to read what our clients say about our service. If you have any questions, please have a read through our FAQ page, your questions may be answered there. Also, do not forget to take a look in our store. We sell books and e-guides with helpful information about manufacturing in Bali, and also products (both retail and wholesale) that are the result of collaborations between The Bali Curator and artisans in Indonesia.
Or feel free to get in touch if you would like to discuss your project or request more information. We will be happy to discuss your project with you.