Do I need to come to Bali to work with you?
No, you do not need to come to Bali. We can do the sourcing and be your eyes and ears on the ground in Bali, while you stay in your own country. Also we can 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 have plans to visit Bali, we would love 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 over for example China or India for off shore manufacturing 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. The artisans have often learned their skills from their parents and grandparents and you can feel that the products are made with a lot of love and passion. 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. (#slowfashion)
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 the quality of the products is usually high.
Why should I hire an agent 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.
The number one challenge is definitely communication. Many manufacturers or artisans in Bali speak little to no English. And even when they do speak English, communication often is an issue. The other challenge that you will be facing is meeting deadlines. Unfortunately, it often happens that deadlines are not met. Sometimes there are reasons for this that really cannot be influenced (a machine that broke down, imported material that was hold in customs, etc), but more often it is due to poor time management. Many artisans in Bali are super talented in what they do, but often they have not learned how to do marketing or how to plan different productions according to Western standards.
If you hire an agent, this is what your agent should do for you:
- Your agent should help with sourcing and advice you about the best production partner for your project.
- Your agent should control your production process. Together with the manufacturer the agent should create a timeline for your production and follow-up regularly to make sure deadlines are met. Make sure to work with an agent who understands the Indonesian culture, speaks the Indonesian and Balinese languages fluently and knows how to communicate in a way that is culturally appropriate and effective. At the same time the agent also needs to be able to communicate in English fluently and understand Western markets and the importance of quality and deadlines.
- Being on the ground in Bali, your agent should make you aware of private label goods that fit perfectly in your collection, but that you didn't know of before.
- Your agent should do quality control on your order before it is shipped, so any revisions can be made before shipment and you won't receive faulty items.
- You agent should also help you to organise logistics if you are ordering goods from different manufacturers.
Why should I choose The Bali Curator?
Obviously, we will help you with the points mentioned above. Next to that, The Bali Curator differentiates itself from other agents by focusing on connecting our clients directly to makers, rather than suppliers or middle men. We find it important that the production process is transparent and ethical. We aim to provide clear reports to our clients about where and by who your products were made and under what conditions. Also we will always be very clear and open about the difference between the price that is paid for the products and our fee.
By working as much as possible with artisans and factories directly, not only will you be able to answer questions from your customers about how and by who their products were made, but also will we be able to negotiate competitive prices that are good for both you and the maker.
Next to supporting artisans and families in Bali by choosing to have your products ethically made, 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 do invest a lot in training, and work compactly together as a family. (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 jewellery to furniture.
We offer services outside the actual sourcing and production management tasks. We can help you with fashion design (from concept to tech packs), creating labels/hang tags, and also create professional, high-resolution photo stories of your production process and organise campaign and product 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.
I want to open an (online) store, I don't know yet what I want to sell, but I want my products to be ethically made. Can you help me?
We would love to help you with the sourcing and arranging ethical production for you in Bali! For our fashion clients we do offer a design service. Our in-house fashion designer will work closely with you to create a collection that suits to the style of your brand. Please click here for more information about this option.
For products other than fashion we do unfortunately not (yet) provide the option of product development, so we will need some more details from you. You could consider working with a designer to create technical drawings and decide on measurements. Once you (or your designer) have created designs for the goods you would like to manufacture, or created a moodboard for private label goods that you would like to source for your brand, we will be very happy to help you with sourcing in Bali.
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 our guide during the tour. Our 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.
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.
Do you work with start-ups?
Absolutely! 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 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 organise 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.
Where are you based?
Our office is in West Denpasar. Please see our contact page for our address and contact details. Please feel free to contact us for an appointment if you would like to visit our office.
Do you have a catalogue?
There are so many products made in Bali/Indonesia and also the artisans are very innovative, so there are often new products on the market. Therefore it is not possible for us to create a catalog, but we will always do sourcing based on your brief and then provide you with an overview of products that suit your needs.
We are currently working on our own wholesale collection. This will be a changing collection of curated, ethically made goods. We plan to launch the first collection in April 2020. If you would like to receive a notification when we launch this collection, please let us know by email (email@example.com), or follow www.instagram.com/thebalicurator.wholesale.
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. Please enquire for our pricelist with fees per service. You can get in touch by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or through the contact form on this website.