Category Archives: Econ & Biz

10th JFW: The Fight for Legacy and Relevance

Time does fly fast. This week Jakarta Fashion Week (JFW) turned ten. While a 10-year run is relatively young, considering New York Fashion Week was initiated in the 1940s while the region’s most notable fashion week in Tokyo has run … Continue reading

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Old Nusantara in New Singapore

One of the reasons many Indonesians love to come to Singapore is to enjoy newer, better, often more advanced things. Things like underground subway, fully-automated system of whatnots, or tropical gardens hanging up in the sky. I do, too, in … Continue reading

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The Ugly F-Word of Forecasting

Oh, the ugly F-word of forecasting. I despise that one more than any other F-word around. I didn’t like it much throughout schools, and I loathed it on monthly basis when pursuing marketing career in the fast-moving consumer goods industry. … Continue reading

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Pardoning the Turkeys, I Mean the Tax Evaders

Despite the years I spent in the US I never quite understood the pardoning of the turkey by the President before Thanksgiving. Doesn’t matter how many times a well-meaning American tried to explain it to me, I always ended up … Continue reading

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Citius, Altius, Fortius! More Prosperous? Hmm…

Rio Olympics was such a welcome distraction. I spent the mornings watching the heated swimming races, evenings with volleyball or weight-lifting, and towards the end going ga-ga over athletics and synchronized swimming. Within the limited free streaming services, I tried … Continue reading

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Patriotically Going On A Spending Spree

A common conversation topic nowadays is how slow the economy has become. Friends in media and show businesses find it difficult to obtain advertisements and sponsorships, pals in fast-moving consumer goods and telecommunications (typically easy to shell out dough) confirm … Continue reading

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Mengurai Lipstik, Tas, Ponsel, dan Pasar

Bila Anda termasuk pengguna aktif Twitter di Indonesia, mungkin seminggu ini perhatian Anda banyak terpaku pada perselisihan tajam antara 2 (dua) akun tentang pembelian dan pembayaran kosmetika asing untuk dibisniskan. Di antara banyaknya komentar yang lumayan sexist seperti “Urusan emak-emak … Continue reading

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Indonesia Fashion Week: Serving Up A Platter

Indonesia Fashion Week kicked off its annual event last week in Jakarta. Organized by one of Indonesia’s associations for fashion and business folks, APPMI, it came on the heels of internal dispute that had seen several senior designers, once at the helm of … Continue reading

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Notes from the Front Row of JFW2016

The weeklong brutality that is Jakarta Fashion Week (JFW) last week came to town. Yours truly, mere days after a bruising 10-day sojourn to Milan and Frankfurt, threw herself into the annual fete with much glee and abandon. Sustainability is the … Continue reading

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Footnotes from the Front Row: JFW 2016, Day 3

The issue of sustainable fashion, on the heel of the fast-growing fast and cheap fashion, took center stage yesterday. As someone who’s very concerned about the excess of fast fashion business model, discussed on my columns in The Jakarta Post … Continue reading

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