Do I need to come to Bali to work with you?
As much as we would love to meet you in person, it is not necessary for you to come to Bali to work with us. We are used to working with our clients remotely. We mainly communicate with our clients through email and videocalls. During the project we will act as your eyes and ears on the ground in Bali, while you stay in your own country. We will represent you when visiting manufacturers, manage the production and do quality control. We will of course always provide detailed reports about the progress of your project. If however you do have plans to visit Bali, we will be very happy to meet you and invite you on a sourcing tour to meet with manufacturers directly.
What are the benefits of manufacturing in Bali?
So you're asking "why Bali"? One of the biggest advantages of Bali are the low MOQs (Minimal Order Quantity). Garment manufacturing can start from MOQs as low as 20 pieces per style. Jewelry production can be done with an MOQ of 10 pieces per style. For homewares also the MOQ will be 10 pieces in most cases.
Next to that, many entrepreneurs are attracted to the handmade styles and natural materials used in Bali. We don't have the exact numbers, but from our observations we would say that about 85% of all the products made in Bali are made by hand. Most artisans are auto-didact or have learned their skills from older generations, rather than through formal education. This makes their skills more than only skills, it is a way of life. As an entrepreneur you are putting a lot of time, effort and passion into your brand and it is nice to work with people who share the passions for their crafts.
And last (but just as important), a good reason to manufacture in Bali is the quality of the products. There is a great amount of experience and incredible skills available on the island, and products made in Bali have been sold and loved in many parts of the world.
What are the challenges when manufacturing in Bali?
So low MOQs, passionate and very talented artisans and high-quality products. Sounds perfect, right? There are however some challenges too when manufacturing in Bali.
From our observations, the number one challenge is communication. Sometimes caused by language barriers, which makes communication difficult, especially when done remotely, but more often caused by different expectations from the brands and the artisans about the process and the result. This can lead to disappointed clients when deadlines are not met, or frustrated artisans when they are asked to revise products that were already made. From what we have seen, the way in which many brands present their designs and briefs to the artisans is often not being understood by the artisans, or lacks information which leaves a lot of room for interpretation during the production process. On the other hand, limited communication about design details that are not clear or not workable and lack of education from the artisans to their clients about the process does not help to make sure both the artisans and the brands are on the same page regarding the design details, production methods and timelines.
Why should I choose The Bali Curator?
If you hire The Bali Curator as your agent throughout the process, we will help to make sure the artisans understand exactly what you want to have made, and we will also explain the processes to you, in order to explain why certain requests may not be workable and work together on finding alternatives that are workable for both you and the artisans. We call this co-creation. Other than that, we will give consultation about the process based on our experience in sourcing and production management. This way we make sure to anticipate on risks during production, and most importantly make sure you and the artisans are all working towards the same goal when it comes to timelines and results.
Next to supporting artisans and families in Bali by choosing to co-create and collaborate in a way that is beneficial for both you and the artisans, by working with The Bali Curator you are supporting a young team with talented people full of ambition and dreams, from various backgrounds, who are given a chance to develop their personal skills and reach their personal goals. At The Bali Curator we work compactly together as a family and support each other in order to reach our company's and personal goals, while providing the best possible service for our clients. (Click here to read more about our team).
Our clients are both start-ups and established brands, their levels vary from start-up companies run by only one person to big multi-national companies. We offer personalized services and are happy to work with any serious client, regardless of the size of the company or the production amount. We work with a big variety of products, from fashion to homewares and from jewelry to furniture.
We offer services outside the actual sourcing and production management tasks. We can help you with techpacks, creating labels/hang tags, and also create professional, high-resolution photo stories of your production process and organize campaign shoots of your final products. Rather than having to work with multiple companies we aim to provide a one-stop-solution.
Another important point is that PT. The Bali Curator is a legally registered, tax-paying company. It is important for your business that you are working with a legal entity.
How many people will come on a Sourcing Tour?
Our Sourcing Tours are custom made, tailored to each client's needs. So therefore they are private. You can bring a friend/partner with you on the tour. If you would like to join with more than two people, please let us know at the time of booking so we can arrange transport and lunch for your group. You will be accompanied by our driver and one of our Project Managers or Sourcing Assistants during the tour. Your guide will share experiences and knowledge with you during the tour and help with translations and/or negotiations when visiting the manufacturers.
To be able to create a tour schedule that suits to your needs, we will ask you to provide as much as possible details about your designs or the products you would like to source at the time of booking. The more details you can provide, the better we will be able to prepare a tour that will introduce you to manufacturers that suit to your project. We recommend to book your tour at least one month in advance.
*Please note that we can currently not yet organize sourcing tours due to social distancing measures.
Will I be able to visit the manufacturer/artisans myself?
Absolutely! If you get to visit Bali we strongly recommend to visit your manufacturer. We can organize a visit for you and introduce you to the manufacturer we have sourced for you. While we do strongly encourage to build a relationship with your manufacturer, we do also ask for communication about the project to go through The Bali Curator as long as we are working for you. This is to avoid confusion and misunderstandings when the manufacturer gets instructions both from you and also from us.
*If you are planning to do the production management for your project by yourself, or have in-house staff to do this for you, but need some help to find the right production partner(s) for your production, we strongly recommend becoming a member of our Satutuju platform. As a member you'll have access to all our recommended artisans, manufacturers, designers and photographers in Bali. Each partner will be presented with a 10 - 20 minutes video with an interview and a workshop tour, along with pictures of products they have produced earlier and a description about their specialties, way of working, MOQs and price ranges. Other than that, you will also get access to exclusive videos and articles with tips about doing production in Bali. information about production methods and processes, resources about sustainability projects in Bali, information about materials and fabrics and an event calendar with online and offline events related to Indonesian craftmanship, entrepreneurship, cultural preservation, artisans and local brands in Indonesia.
*The Satutuju platform will launch in the 2nd half of 2021. Please subscribe to our newsletter here if you would like to be notified when we launch!
Do you work with start-ups?
Yes! Our clients are both start-ups and established brands.
What type of products and manufacturers do you source?
If it can be made in Bali, we will work on it. If you are not sure if your product can be produced in Bali, please feel free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will gladly advice. For some projects we might advice that it will be better to do the sourcing in Java. We do also have contacts with some makers there and do organize sourcing trips to Java, but there will be some extra costs for transport and accommodation. Please follow our Instagram (www.instagram.com/thebalicurator) for regular updates about projects we are working on.
*Due to the global pandemic situation, we currently mainly focus on working with manufacturers based in Bali.
Where are you based?
Our office is located at jl. Gunung Soputan no. 61 in West Denpasar. Please see our contact page for our address and contact details. Please make an appointment if you plan to visit our office.
Do you have a product catalogue?
We do not have a catalogue with all available products in Bali, because collections are often changing and suppliers are often launching new products. If you are looking to source wholesale / private label goods, we will ask you to provide a moodboard and we can do custom sourcing for you based on your moodboard and provided brief.
Can you sign an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) before I send you any designs?
Yes, that is no problem! If you send us an NDA before you send us your designs we will sign it. We also require manufacturers to sign an NDA before we show them your designs.
We do ask you to make sure that the designs you ask us our the manufacturers to sign an NDA for are actually your own unique designs.
How much do you charge?
Our fee will depend on what services you need from us. As we are hired as your production manager, and not your manufacturer, we clearly separate our service fees from the costs of the goods that are bought our produced. This way we keep pricing and payments to all parties involved in the project transparent, while we also protect our independent status as your agent, as we are not dependent on commissions. When we have received your enquiry, we will send you a questionnaire with some questions that will help us understand how we could help you. If we believe the project will be workable in Bali, we will invite you for a complimentary videocall or meeting in our office to discuss further. Based on the information you have provided in the questionnaire and during the videocall or meeting, we will create a custom proposal for you, so you will only pay for the services you actually need.
Who should I contact for press or event related questions?
Please contact our Co-Founder, Cecile, at email@example.com.