Our purpose is to make style, nature and giving
inseparable and timeless.
That's why we make clothes and accessories completely
from nature that are stylish and limited editions, handmade
expertly by artisans, and that allow you to give back
to the community while you stay beautiful.
You get the many benefits of style and
nature while you also become an inherent donor to our
school mission. We gift 50% of our net proceeds from
all purchases to give underprivileged children the privilege
of green education in a woman-founded preschool in Bali.
We love design and style but we make sure we are not
being detrimental, and our values are not being skewed.
We feel good to say with honesty,
'this is what you are getting from us.'
Love Stories Bali is a Bali-based social enterprise founded
in 2017 by our small team of conscious-living women.
We want to make a difference in the world by focusing on
our social, ethical, and environmental impact,
not just profit, in all that we do.
Behind every piece we create is a love story
so you invest in a wearable love story.
Our intent is to inspire style not fashion,
a way of expressing who we are,
how unique we are, what we value.
. Stylish, versatile and timeless creations are what
you are getting from us - so you can style more,
wear more or even share more, easily care for,
season after season.
. We don't follow fashion trends.
. Most of our creations are one-of-a-kind pieces or limited
editions. We are content being creative with our designs
with what our local artisans can do, the colors Bali plants
can give, and the natural materials we can locally access.
Upcycled Style That Saves Nature
Stay stylish with our reborn love-worn clothes and
accessories made with courageous creativity.
. 100% of profit from sales of donated used clothes
in our Ubud shop is gifted to our school mission.
. We enjoy not only restyling love-worn clothes and
patchworking fabric scraps to give them a new life but
also getting them new lovers - who we connect with the
old owners when possible to spark new friendship.
Enjoy the goodness of nature's fibers and dyes on
your skin and that freedom from harsh chemicals.
Graceful aging with every wash and wear in addition to
being breathable make natural fabrics a lifelong investment.
They come from nature and return safely to nature if they
make it to landfill, or are easily recycled.
. Certified hemp with organic cotton blend from China
. Certified organic cotton from Indonesia
. Certified Tencel™ from Lenzing
. 100% silk satin 16 momme from China
Handloom woven cotton from Indonesia
. Handloom woven pineapple fiber from Philippines
. Indonesian batik heritage fabrics sourced only from
our network of avid batik collectors in Yogyakarta.
Indonesian batik is UNESCO listed as Intangible Cultural
Heritage of Humanity in 2009 for
its technique, symbolism and culture.
We use dye plants grown in abundance in Bali.
Imperfection and desaturated colors make plant dyes
unique and seductive. Colors are unpredictable so expect
artistic variations from one dye bath, or one plant harvest,
to the next.
. Blues extracted from strobilanthes cusia leaves
. Blacks from ketapang leaves
. Yellows from mango leaves
. Reds from sappan wood
. Browns from coconut husks
. More colors from combinations of plants
. Potpourri of leaves and flowers for ecoprinting
Nature Loving Artisan
Treasure slow craftsmanship by Balinese artisans
and share their joy of giving the world
conscious creations with a purpose.
. We produce without rushing so artisans can attend
to family needs and many Balinese cultural rituals.
. We are proud to work onsite with Balinese families who
share our values for social, ethical and environmental
responsibility, and whose home-based workshops
are a happy place for both their family and artisans.
. We get to know what we are producing, see
every step of the process, and learn from each other.
. Plant dyeing by hand using Bali abundant plants
. Eco-printing by hand with fresh leaves and flowers
. Indonesian batik-making by hand (UNESCO listed as
Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009)
. Handpainting using plant-based inks
. Eco-dyeing by hand for screenprinting
. Old fashion cutting by hand
. Color-mixing done by hand, from experience not formula
Feel good becoming an inherent donor.
Share our joy of gifting 50% of our net proceeds
from your purchases to the community and
giving underprivileged children the privilege of green
schooling in a woman-founded preschool in Bali.
Our School Mission
Agnes Rini Astuti founded PAUD (preschool)
Cemara Kasih in 2010 with nothing more than her
savings plus family donations and a big mission:
educate preschoolers from families in extreme
poverty with a sustainable early development program
focusing on life skills and materials from nature.
Our school mission is to raise fund to help expand and
green the school and sponsor children from families in
extreme poverty for their annual school fees.
With our support since inception in 2017, the school
expanded to the next door land, increased the number
of preschoolers, and built an organic garden for
children's green education.
By connecting Agnes with international and local experts
who volunteer to help, she continuously improves
the greening of the school, and is now plastic free.
Today Agnes is multi-awarded:
. In 2020, she was selected by the Ministry of Education to
be take part in reshaping the country's required
sustainable early development curriculum.
She was the only teacher from Bali.
. In 2019, she was sponsored for Reggio Emilia early
education teachers' training in Italy along with 15
nationwide teachers. She was the only one from Bali.
. In 2018, she was one of 12 "Changemakers of Indonesia"
(a national award annually granted by the Indonesian
government) for her innovative early development
GIVING TO THE EARTH
For every Hannah Tree Planting organic cotton t-shirt
we sell, we use $4 USD to buy young trees.
We started this journey in January 2020 and by March,
pre-pandemic, planted 100 trees in a protected jungle
in Bali in collaboration with our partner, Pagi Motley.
We help not only preserve our ecosystem but also offset
the carbon emissions involved in our order deliveries.
COMMUNITY OF GIVING CUSTOMERS
Loving humans from over 80 countries,
from Iceland to Cuba, Ethiopia, and down to New Zealand
- of all races, sizes, gender, personalities, income -
have supported and exchanged life stories with us
since we opened our little shop in July 2017 in Ubud, Bali.
Teachers volunteered in the schools and changed lives.
Artists created art for the shop to join our causes.
Can't believe! We’re so grateful.
TRI HITA KARANA
Balinese devote to the life philosophy of “Tri Hita Karana”
(Three Causes of Well-being: God, Nature, Community)
to achieve wellness and success in life.
This guides the way we work with our partners
where our decisions and actions are harmonized
to honor nature, respect people and the community,
and revere the Gods through spiritual traditions.
Love lives here.
Amanda, a fashion designer from New York, visited the Ubud shop in early 2018. In 2019, she and her partner Sam created this art for our reusable cotton shopping bag as their way to support our causes. This is now our shop's signature art.
Three love stories are showing in this photo of our Ubud shop.
Love from Jessie (who instagrammed this photo during the lockdown), a shop owner in Antwerp, Belgium who loves Bali's healing energy so much she comes back once a year with her friends and visit us with a big hug. Love from Russell and Ani from Bali, founders of global ecobricks.org, who designed and built the unique LOVESTORIES rooftop sign from used plastic bottles they cleaned out from the beaches. Love from Efren and Britney, mural artists from Austin, Texas who were so stoked to do that storefront mural when they visited the island in May 2019, and then became sponsors to 5-year-old Dedek for her one-year school fees.
ALL WE NEED IS LOVE.