Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Bandung: City of Fashion



According to a recent survey, one of the things that makes Bandung attractive to visitiors is its fashion industry. Indeed, one of the things that one would not usually want to miss when visiting Bandung is the multitude of Factory Outlets (or FO) it offers. Here, visitors could literally shop clothing items and their accessories of all kinds till they - quite literally - drop, that is to say that you will need all the stamina you have to be able to explore the choices you have here, and all for prices that are so affordable to many.

The fashion industry, being part of the creative industry, is one of the things that has won Bandung the appointment as one of East Asia's creative industry centers. To encourage and support the growth of this kind of industry, the government and private sectors alike often organize events - big and small - towards that end. Some of the bigger regular events that I have previously posted here are The Helar Fest, Kemilau Nusantara, and The Braga Fest. In addition to these big and regular events, there are numerous other smaller events usually held at the local level. The photos I posted here, for example, are of a local fashion show recently held at one of the supermarkets here as part of Bandung Young Fashion Designers Competition, showing the finalists' designs.



Statistics shows that about IDR 79 billion (about USD 7.5 million at the current rate) of revenue per month is generated by the creative industry in this city. Futhermore, the creative industry absorbs about 650,000 workers of the city's work force working for the various aspects of it.

8 comments:

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

very fashionista posts for today. interesting and the details of the clothing and people are great.

Abe said...

I have seen some really nice posts this past few days and this one is among those.

Jilly said...

Two super photographs but I wonder, with the downturn in the economy, if people will continue to shop for fashion as they once did?

Catherine said...

Amazing ! Your second picture could have been taken in our Galeries Lafayette.
The French fashion industry doesn't seems to be too much touched by the crisis. But it doesn't surprise me, the prices are so high that products are affordable by a very little part of customers. They don't feel the effect of the crisis yet.

ramblingwoods.com said...

I didn't know if the first photo was a real person..she's beautiful..Here in the US, stores are really feeling the economic downturn. They expect that many stores will close..It's sad...

Riau said...

hah..ha That guys are tall but thin..

omami said...

ooohhh! I love the second photo, the look reminds me of my punk years, love the hair!!!

henny said...

Mau banget ke Bandung, sayang belum sempat. Care to be my tour guide? :))
Salam....