SEMINYAK is the byword for shopping. From the breezy day wear to skimpy evening dresses, you’ll get your ultimate fashion fix. Seminyak Road, a stroll down from Bintang Supermarket, has lots of good stores to visit. If you’re up for a day under the sun, Somewhere ( Jl. Raya Seminyak no. 22A, somewhere storebali.com) has many pieces that will suit boys and girls. Washed-out and colourful singlets? Check. Short cut-outs? Check. Quirky hipster-ish accessories? (Yes, with feathers and whatnot) Check. If anything, dressing up like a hipster is totally legit here.
But for a rather fine affair, ladies might want to see what Magali Pascal ( Jl. Raya Seminyak no. 65, T: +62 361 737 907, magalipascal.com) has in stock. The long white dresses are a bestseller in August, the month when the legendary beach club KU DE TA ( Jl. Kayu Aya no. 9, Seminyak, T: +62 361 6969, kudeta.net) throws the infamous white party. So is the case with BIASA ( Jl. Raya Seminyak no. 36, T: +62 361 730 308, biasagroup.com), the sartorial master of effortless chic—or, shall I say, the Prada of Bali. Every fabric is fine cotton that’s handpicked and lends a delicate smoothness to the textural feel. By the way, the white shirts and skirts are understatedly gorgeous.
Seminyak also doesn’t skimp on clothing choices for men. One of the fashion-statement brands must be Benson ( Jl. Raya Seminyak no. 65B, T: +62 361 732 132, bensonshorts.com). Conceptualised in Australia and made in Bali, the shorts on the shelves are designed to seize the day—if you get what I’m saying. Also a very fine option for guys—preferably hipsters—is Zuttion (Jl. Laksmana/Oberoi no. 49, behind Café Zucchini). The singlets, shoes and shorts scream tropical holidays, and the ladies shouldn’t miss out the range of glasses. Bali-based CAST eyewear has an eyecatching selection, a couple of which were worn by Lady Gaga and Madonna.