Founder and creative director of SUKU Home
I know I did something right when I look around and see how many legends there are in my team.
Tell us your story – how did you get here?
My grandma owned a small garment manufacturing business in Denpasar so I had an easy way to start in terms of sourcing production. I have always been fascinated by the tropical lifestyle: its vibrant colour and how relaxed everything is, so I wanted to translate this into products. Instinctively, I started with a line of bedding because everyone was starting their own clothing line back then. I read somewhere that tradition is who you are, and modern is how you think. I wanted my brand to represent this. Fast forward eight years later, and I feel like that saying embodies what Suku is today. So tenacity, community and being true to myself is what got me to where I am today.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
My team. I know I did something right when I look around and see how many legends there are in my team. It’s so inspiring to go to work each day with these people.
What impact have you made in Bali?
When the pandemic hit, my number one fear was not the business itself, but the people that rely on us. All I know is that we were fortunate enough to survive and thrive in the pandemic. We grew the size of the business by being able to keep our people employed and helping others who had lost their jobs to also join the team. We also used our platform to raise money for locals and distribute it through Rice for Bali. Being able to contribute to the local economy is what was important for us, and hopefully that’s the impact that I’ve made.
What does 2022 look like for you?
Exciting with lots of big changes. Now that we can travel, I am excited to be bringing back the Suku IRL experience!
What do you love most about Bali?
There is an energy here that is so relaxed but vibrant; something that has often inspired me to do certain things yet be calm about it. For some reason, things just happen here.
What’s the one thing you could wear for the rest of your life?
A set of Suku pyjamas.
Who is your Local Legend and why?
My production lady, Mbo Tut. She has been with me since day one and has supported me through some of the hardest times. She has that quintessential Balinese quality of being kind, humble, and a great energy!