THE RIVETING PAUL ROPP

Asia Dreams - - WHAT'S HAPPENING -

Paul Ropp is def­i­nitely no stranger to Bali's dy­namic fashion scene. The name­sake brand is famed for its bold and vi­brant ca­coph­ony of colours, pat­terns and tex­tures, with the provoca­tive motto of “Clothes for peo­ple who pre­fer to be naked”. To know the brand is to know the man be­hind the brand, and what a mar­vel­lously in­trigu­ing man he is. Hail­ing all the way from Brook­lyn in New York City, Paul was a kid of the 60s freespir­ited move­ment.

His jour­ney be­fore the brand was elab­o­rate and colour­ful, dab­bling in rock ‘n roll, fashion and the glam and glitz of celebri­ties. Paul be­friended

Paul But­ter­field of the Paul But­ter­field Blues Band and be­came the band's road man­ager for Woodstock.

Paul's globe-trotting led him to In­dia for 10 years, where he was in­fat­u­ated with In­dian and Chi­nese prints and ma­te­ri­als. Around this time he cre­ated the Chi­nese Ti­betan la­bel, show­cas­ing tank tops and t-shirts with In­dian and Chi­nese pat­terns and fab­rics. Along his jour­ney, he found him­self at the no­to­ri­ous Stu­dio 54, watch­ing a fashion show by Kenzo, and this in­spired him to make his vi­sion come true – the start of the Paul Ropp brand we all know and love. Paul landed in Bali in 1978 and that's where the first Paul Ropp store took off. Within the next year, the brand was found in ma­jor re­sorts in Asia. These days, Paul Ropp has nine stores in Bali and four in Phuket, and the brand is dis­trib­uted in 30 coun­tries. Paul Ropp

Jalan Pen­guben­gan No. 1X, Ker­obokan Bali 80361, In­done­sia

T: (+62) 361730023 / 731002 E: [email protected] shop.paulropp.com

PAUL ROPP

COUR­TESY OF ANAS­TA­SIA OTKIDACH

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