The island of Bali is best known for its magnificent traditional arts. But yet, known as a place where culture merges and creativity flourishes, this island is not falling short in the contemporary art scheme. Launched in December 2014, PANTAINANAS is a Bali-based brand which reflects the ease of Balinese breezy beach life — with a bit of an edge.The island of Bali is best known for its magnificent traditional arts. But yet, known as a place where culture merges and creativity flourishes, this island is not falling short in the contemporary art scheme. Launched in December 2014, PANTAINANAS is a Bali-based brand which reflects the ease of Balinese breezy beach life — with a bit of an edge.
As an artist, Debbie Tea has always loved to draw for as long as she can remember. After studying fine arts and photography in Amsterdam, she went home for good and was forced to shift her mindset from “The full on ‘artist mindset’ to ‘money-oriented business woman mindset,” she stated. After a brief consulting with a best friend, she decided to start a project based on thing that she enjoyed most doing: drawing. Hence, PANTAINANAS was born. Afterwards, an instagram page was launched, and almost organically, things started to pick up sooner than the creator would think.
Judging from how the brand is rising from scratch, the creations must speak volume. And it really does. PANTAINANAS presents one of a kind doodles that are quirky, fun, light, with in your face graphics, and instantly recognizable bold strokes in black and white colors. A style that quite differs from what we generally have on the market as the brand is not intending to be the one who follows the stream. By selling t-shirts, tote bags, and other merchandises, PANTAINANAS do not strictly categorized itself as fashion label or apparel line. The creator wants to be fluid without limitations on what is to come for PANTAINANAS.
Considering its notable growth, PANTAINANAS is – quite surprisingly — a one woman show. Debbie Tea is the only person in charge for the design, the marketing, and overall growth of the brand until now. This could also be the case of the highly personal approach on how the creator carries the brand. “PANTAINANAS is like my own private platform that gives me a safe place to experiment with drawing techniques while questioning and (or) accepting the things that happen in my life. Sometimes, the whole process of PANTAINANAS feels like a healing therapy. After finalizing a new collection, I feel like I’ve finally come to terms with certain things in my life,” she states.
For the newest collection, Debbie took an inspiration from her childhood in the 90’s where she grew up as a Chinese-Indo girl. Childhood mementos like Chinese calendar, badak drinks, ikan cupang, manekineko and other unique, highly original details, doodled and translated into PANTAINANAS’ style graphics. And to come as our delight, this collection is announced to be released very soon.