Jakarta Vintage

Kebayoran Lama: In Video

My friend Kariim just sent me another video which he shot, developed and edited all by himself. I watched it right away and thought I should share it with you again here. The video is a clip of our vintage hunting session to Kebayoran Lama a month ago. For someone who is new to vintage and flea market ideas, Kariim –he is fifteen years old, an intern in my office– has really good eyes in spotting good stuff. Three minutes and two shops, he already managed to secure a cool polaroid camera for himself. A quick learner. Watch and enjoy the video. The soundtrack is “The Pretender” by Datarock. Happy fasting Sunday!

The Objects of My Affection 2

Here is my vintage collection which i display at home. They are flea market and street finds from Taman Puring, Kebayoran Lama, Jalan Surabaya, Semarang, Saigon, Beijing and Tokyo. I am not into  collecting any particular objects, i just collect what i like when i spot it. Practically random. I was too sometimes confused and therefore made lots of bad judgement –i still do though, flea market situation can be overwhelming you know– but eventually i develop my own taste and interest, so I only take pieces that i think can work with other stuff.

Suitcases from 70’s which i now use for work. Good for laptop as it protects alright.


A framed chinese caligraphy which i don’t bother to understand, and Burung Garuda Pancasila made of tin standing cool in my home. Found in Kebayoran Lama and Taman Puring respectively.

A vinyl album of my favorite vintage band Bimbo: Indonesia Antik.

It’s Kodak. Not Polaroid. The camera is in good condition, unfortunately there is no way i can get the film.

One plays piano, one plays tennis. Both girls are pretty ceramic dolls. Collected from two different places: Kebayoran Lama and Taman Puring.

My favorite painting by number. Inspired by the famous Lee Man Fong painting, I guess. Found in a sunday flea market in Kemang.

A collage of my vintage collection on my work desk.

Well, now you know what my fetish is. Tell me what yours is and share it with me here. Have a vintageful weekend!

Finding Vintage at Brightspot

I am glad I made time to visit the most happening event in the creative fashion calendar in Indonesia: the 8th Brightspot Market (“a curated market of things cool”) in Gandaria City last weekend. And I am glad too that vintage is part of it. Yes, vintage presence can be seen everywhere here. Here are some photos of vintage products, look and feel from Brightspot point of view.


From 5000 visitors in the first event three years ago to over 55,000 passionate followers in the last event, Brightspot has made a spot among the hipster generation

First aid medicine cupboard made from antique wall clock, painted in bright colors. By Retreau


No, these are not Katty Perry’s first vinyl album. Just a nice vintage decoration.

Uber cool vintage prop at a shoe booth.

Mid century furniture is never outdated, especially such an authentic rack with multicolor HPL like this one.  By Retreau.

Singer made a come back, as a cool prop in a jeans and T-shirt corner called Cheap Monday.

Old books. Old telephone. And it’s not a Mad Men setting.

Simple vintage style illustration on a brown bag. by Sillahome.

Wood tray with vintage style painting. Sillahome.

Polaroid cameras in super colors. They are so cool you don’t want to shoot with it. The camera costs around one million rupiah and a box of film costs almost three hundred thousand, that’s why. At Tokopolaroid.

Vintage style watch from Sweden with wood toy car as a backdrop. Daniel Wellington.

Display of black and white framed photos. New photos, just vintage looking.

This is the first booth you would see when you enter the hall. A lounge chair. Modern with vintage feel.