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The Game of Textiles

In recent years, products with ‘Made in China’ tags has earned the reputation of being low-quality goods made by cheap labor. While Indonesian fashion consumers may deter this by choosing products made locally, the harsh truth is that, in the end, local clothing goods are still *produced* with Made-in-China textile. This is not due to a lacking Indonesian textile industry, in contrary, the industry has enjoyed a  gross domestic product sector growth of 8.73% in 2018. The culprit lies in excessive textile imports combined with incentives for domestic textile producers to export most of its productions.In 2017, the government published a decree allowing licensed general importers to import raw materials, such as textile. Previously, the import of raw materials was...

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Of New Faces and Lingering Joy

Three weeks ago, Saint York joined Brightspot Market 2019 as one among the many tenants at the biggest bazaar in Jakarta. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this year we watched Brightspot Market grow into its potential as one of the biggest supporters of local brands like Saint York. Although this year marked only the second time Saint York participated in the bazaar, we find an utmost joy in being able to connect with new members of the #SYTribe, as well as reconnecting with our loyal #SYTribe.  This time around, we launched another collection exclusively at Brightspot Market 2019, titled Visual Dripp, inspired by Elena Damiani and Larry Bell. As a nod to these brilliant artists, it was vital for our neon...

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Where do our used clothes go?

Your old jumper is floating in the Ciliwung River In the age of ripening globalization, the urge to consume fast fashion is strong and impulsive. Every mall visit, shop windows after shop windows tempts us to shop more and more. With new styles offered every month, it is easy to forget about the clothes tucked away in our closets. As a result, we tend to throw away those piles of unused clothes, which end up suffocating landfills. In Indonesia, the problem gets even worse. Riversides are threatened by unethical waste dumping, forming unwanted tiny islands that inhibits river ecosystem. The curves of the infamous Ciliwung river, as depicted in the picture below, is filled with used clothes, contributing to the...

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#SYTribe of the month: Stella Sadikin

Stella Sadikin is a photographer, and a passionate The Black Keys lover. While she works for a design consultation firm in Jakarta, capturing candid intimate moments gives her the highest form of art pleasure. Her days of studying abroad in America left her inspired to create art intensely and relentlessly. She has been Saint York's photographer since day one and we absolutely adore her!What made you fall in love with your profession?I have always liked the idea of preserving memories through a visual medium found in photography. Trying out different classes during college made me realize that dedicating my life to capturing moments that go by in an instant would be so fulfilling. Photography also allows me to share my ideas...

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Gender and fashion

Too often, the world recognizes life as binary. There is yin and yang, beer and wine, male and female. Grey area between opposites is nonexistent, binding the way of living for people to adhere to social, and especially gender norms. Fashion also falls victim to binary categories with brands creating solely for men or women. Streetwear began as a vessel for men to express themselves through their graphic T-shirts or branded hoodies. As it began to popularize outside the surf and skate community, the boundaries of menswear streetwear and womenswear streetwear faded, giving streetwear a new identity of being genderless. Saint York centers its design on maintaining a silhouette for the genderless streetwear community. Be it dresses, outerwear, or bottoms,...

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