Generous Fashions works directly with 50-75 artisans in America as well as developing countries. Most of the artisans Stephen knows personally and many are like family. Stephen conceives the designs and colors, which is then given to the artisan to make a sample. They work together perfecting the sample until it has the correct sizing, shape and color. Often 3 samples are made with the artisan before Generous Fashions goes into production. Each garment is fitted on a 1x (size 18-20) mannequin for correct sizing and fit. Adjustments are made according to the style. Even the fabric and buttons are specially selected and made for each garment.
Here are some of the many wonderful artisans and their story. As we find new artisans we will add them to this list.
Nancy Ponto is a jazz singer who performs throughout Java and Bali. She has been a model for Fashion Fulfillment since 2010. Most of her performances feature Nancy in our fashions. In 2012, Fashion Fulfillment's designer will be creating her New Year's Eve ensemble for the Four Season's Hotel in Sayan, Bali, Ubud.
Jan Van Schaik
Dutch jeweler Jan Van Schaik discovered the combined beauty of genuine rubber and silver while living in Bali, Indonesia. The silver Jan uses are of the finest quality, which then he works into elaborate designs, embellishing them with semi-precious stones such as garnets, pearls, moonstones and peridots. The innovative use of rubber and their ingenious clasps create stunning and exceptional pieces.
I was born in Kintamani, a village on the slopes of the Batur Volcano. I learned sewing and pattern making at my cousin\'s workshop. Few years ago I decided to open my own shop. My husband helps me with the sewing. I\'m very happy when I get orders from Generous Fashions, because they are always new challenges and new ideas. Steve is quite creative and when he invites me to his house in Bali we spend a lot of time checking the measuresments and just talking in English.
Jacqueline has been a long time friend of Generous Fashions. She is the director of Women\'s Intimates at August Silk. She has mentored Stephen through fit, grading, color and pattern making. Jacqueline continues to review all new patterns and creates the design sketches for GF. Jacqueline is a perfectionist and top of her field in pattern making.
Gary is a computer guru. He has created many products for GF. His most recent was cleaning and reformatting the design sketches created by Jackie Pareti. Gary is quite creative and technical. He is a master at a sewing machine and often is up till the early hours of the night sewing a quilt or window curtains.
I Dewa Gede Wiranata
Wiranata is not only an artist, but a dynamic leader, who in few short years created a successful industry that involves almost a whole village. Using the wealth of natural materials available in the countryside, they create a stunning collection of journals and photo albums that are 100% organic and eco-friendly.
“Woodcarving is a tradition in my family. I learned it while I was very young. It was part of the preparations for the Hindu ceremonies, as well as maintaining the temple carvings and statues. When I got married I opened my own small shop. My wife works in the shop and I do the carving. I\'m happy to be able to use my talents.”
Ibu Ayu lives in a rural village renowned for weaving palm leaves into an amazing array of items such as storage baskets, market baskets, rice baskets and other household items. Her family of 3 daughters is involved in her successful enterprise. taking inspiration from the fashionable tourists visiting Bali. Ibu Ayu daughters introduced a more modern product line,. The result is a stunning combination of traditional skills and contemporary design. Most of the product produced for Generous Fashions are hand bags made of natural fibers and roots.