Category Archives: Econ & Biz

Missing the Magic of a Fashion Week

As you’re reading this column, Paris Fashion Week, the finale of the Main Four fashion weeks, is in full swing. Closer to home last weekend, the 4th annual Indonesia Fashion Week was also in its full swing. While the Main … Continue reading

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The Season of Giving… and Glam Garage Sale Hunting

“Jakarta garage sales, where you can buy secondhand designer handbags for a cool 3,500 US dollars.” An expat tweeted that last weekend, and I smiled. For the absurdity of it all, for the reality of it all. The term garage … Continue reading

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Bustling Business on Urban Fringe

Many people have talked about Indonesia’s rising middle class, which some mockingly called the consumer class, and about the bustling businesses coming from its strengthened purchasing power.  Illustrations have invariably included lifestyle choices like mode of transportation, handheld devices, personal … Continue reading

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Footnotes from the Front Row: JFW 2015, Finale

We’re here. The finale. Can’t believe it’s been a week already. I started the last day of JFW 2015 by attending a new label Lekat’s maiden show on Jakarta Fashion Week. I’d recently become acquainted with the label and found … Continue reading

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Footnotes from the Front Row

Gorgeous coat, Lynda! Thanks! Want one? And to wear where, exactly? Back in London, of course. Well, at Camden maybe.   Dan was a British investment consultant I had to work with for a while recently. Coming for business for … Continue reading

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Footnotes from the Front Row: JFW 2015, Day 3

On my earlier Footnotes from the Front Row I’ve mentioned the steep, slippery, long and often lonely road walked by a designer and his/her team leading up to a fashion show. Now after successfully unfurling the collection on runway and … Continue reading

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Hail to the New Retail Temple in Town

You live in Tangerang? So far away. See you in when IKEA opens? Oh, sure! (Grrrr.) Earlier this month my friend Lailai, a good resident of Tangerang, tweeted the conversation she had with someone in disdain. As a good friend … Continue reading

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Gently Gentrifying the Grocers

Sometimes in mid ‘90s a friend moved to Cikajang St. in Santa area. Her civil engineer father, who’d been involved in many development projects, predicted Santa would be the next popular enclave of Kebayoran Baru. There were only some noodle andgudeg joints then, but soon beauty salons and boutiques popped out. Nowadays residential houses on Santa including CikajangSt. have been turned into every commercial establishment … Continue reading

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Sweet and Sour, Along the Old Spice Road

I can’t forget the day the International Finance professor, at my graduate business school in the US, used me and a Dutch classmate to illustrate how a particular decision in 17th century carried an everlasting effect to modern Indonesians and Americans. I knew … Continue reading

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Looking Back and Moving Forward, In Vintage We Trust

I can’t remember exactly when I started taking interest, perhaps during my teenage years in Manado when Mom began collecting vintage chinaware from the Dutch colonial time, but I realized it was the years overseas that nurtured my penchant for … Continue reading

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