Launched in the summer of 2010, BALI TOMALI started out as a hobby with no real motive for expansion. While working on the island of Bali, Indonesia, founder and brand director Camy Tan made frequent trips to village workshops and craftsmen to feed her own insatiable appetite for one-of-a kind resort apparel and accessories.
Gorgeous hand-embroidered silk kaftans, sexy heels sewn by hand using shimmery water snake skin (even the beach won’t stop her from wearing her stiletto booties and wedges), luxurious clutch bags, and rock star hobos crafted from hand polished rock python skin.
Hanging out with her dog, Camy would often design to the sounds of a Balinese night – hollow chirping of resident geckos, distant barking of village dogs, and the occasional cow mooing forlornly. They were her inspiration. Nature was her inspiration.
Yet, being a traveler at heart, she soon started plotting about how her brand would take her around the world. And the name was born. BALI TOMALI. This was the beginning of a brand that would draw its inspiration and resources in Asia first and finally culminate in the epicenter of mother’s nature, Africa.
Camy’s fashion journey started in the mid 90’s with a regular style column in Marie Claire magazine followed by over a decade of editorial and PR engagements in fashion, lifestyle, and entertainment beats. After participating in a few Art exhibitions, launching a fashion festival, and leading a group of Asian designers to train under Azzedine Alaïa in Paris, Camy “retired” from the scene.
BALI TOMALI is a huge step for her, who was once more comfortable promoting other brands than herself. She has her mother to thank for giving her this courage and providing a lifetime of inspirations. This public collection is dedicated to Camy’s mother and to the craftsmen and believers who made her dreams come true.