Factory Outlet Shopping:
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In many other countries, an outlet store is a location where the factory/brand owner sells their items to the public direct from the factory. In Indonesia the factory outlets are usually run by middle men (wholesale buyers) who purchase overruns and seconds from the many garment factories in Indonesia and sell them to the consumers. Factory outlets stores are VERY popular in Indonesia, with expats and Indonesians alike!
These shops are sometimes called sisa export (export leftovers) but are now often called asli-palsu (or real fakes) by Indonesians. Buyer beware - because while many of the items are actually factory overruns there are also a large number of fake items. These imitation branded garments have been crafted to copy the actual branded goods ... but use inferior materials and fake labels.
The true factory outlets offer overruns and seconds on export garments at bargain prices. The foreign store and foreign currency price tag often is still on the item ... i.e., US$ 65 ... with the Rp price next to it ... Rp 45,000 (US$4.50).
Brands at many of the stores include: Abercrombie & Fitch, Eddie Bauer, MAG, Nautica, Fendi, Elle, Hugo Boss, DKNY, Espirit, Calvin Klein, Armani, Crocodile, Balley Apostrophe, Alfred Dunhill, Nike, Reebok, Limited, The Gap, Banana Republic, Guess, Tommy Hilfiger, Polo, Adidas, Puma, Ann Taylor, D&G, BCBG, J. Crew, Allure, Benetton, Cerruti 1881, Victoria's Secret, NY & Company, Sag Harbor, Old Navy, Ocean Pacific, Roxy, Hush Puppy, Versache, Table Eight, Cherokee, Express, Zara, Karen Scott, Sears, and Mervyn's brands.
The shops carry both Grade A (best quality overruns) and Grade B (seconds with something wrong with them so they didn't pass quality inspection by the buyer - so-called "factory rejects". Depending on the agreements between buyers/factories and factory outlets, the items are often put up for sale 3-6 months after they go on the market for full price elsewhere.
Don't be surprised if you see 'Made in Korea' or 'Made in Thailand' (to name a few) tags on the clothes too as many of the shops buy from agents who represents factories in these countries. Or, they are really made in Indonesia and mis-labeled on purpose!
Local production for the local market is offered in the shops as well, with a very different quality.
After you've been to a few of these stores you'll start to see similarities in stock. Asking the shops in Jakarta if they are branches of Bandung stores, few would admit it, but a lot of them are selling the same items for the same price in Jakarta as Bandung.
Whenever you are shopping, look at the quality, not just the brand. Some of the clothing in the factory outlets is brand new and of great quality, but others have major defects which would make them not be a bargain, at any price. Be sure to check the entire garment (buttons, seams, etc) before you purchase it because they can not be returned or refunded because they are sold "as is".
The larger factory outlets accept major credit cards like visa and master card, or you can pay with cash. Enjoy your bargain hunting! Selamat Berbelanja!
In addition to the Factory Outlets below, you can also find cold weather clothing at Laxmi Tailor for excellent quality winter wear.
Following is a listing of various factory outlet shops in Jakarta, Bandung, Bekasi, Bogor, and Surabaya in Indonesia. If you know of other good outlet shops in major Indonesian cities which specialize in export garments, please share them with the community by sending an email to the webmaster.
Blossom Boutique Outlet
Body 'n Soul
Body’n Soul Boutique
Name brand clothing: Gap, Versache, Esprit, Table Eight, etc. in western sizes for very cheap prices. (same owner as EsPe on Panglima Polim IX)
F & Co.
French Toast Premium Factory Outlet
Premium Factory Outlet
Bought winter jackets and leggings for kids. The mall has a lot of Indonesian restaurants and a rather large food court. Another branch on Jalan Raya Serpong.
Carries mostly international brands of sportswear like Nike, Adidas, etc.
Raja Factory outlet
We can always find clothing for our kids. Store has export and domestic clothing, and shoes.
Export quality branded clothing. Baby & Kids Wear, Business and Casual Clothing
Small, but nice collection ... a good selection of name brands, conviently located in South Jakarta.
Stop Factory Store
Around 20 or 30 factory outlet shops around town, mostly in the Dago, Sukajadi, Jl. Riau, and Dr. Otten areas. Big signs on the road side give directions to many of the shops. Some of the better ones are:
Better than most ... good selection of wide range of brands. Branch in Jakarta ... see Ot'Let above.
Dago Stock Ekspor (DSE)
Great collection - fashion, shoes, toys, bed & bath and accessories.
Cascade and Secret
One of the busiest stores ... great collection and good brands.
Better than most ... good selection of wide range of brands. Two floors, well lit, lots of dressing rooms and clean bathrooms!
Two floors, sells all the large name brands like Gap, Esprit, Reebok, Abercrombie, Nike, Tom Tailor, O'Neill, but also high end brands like Yve Saint Laurent, SKNY, Prada, Columbia, Timberland, Gucci, etc.
The Big Price Cut
Same owner has eSPe and DePe in Jakarta (see above).
Great for kids clothes. Also sell some shoes, sheets and bedspreads. Well lit, good spacing for shopping. In the process of expanding ... so more goodies are on the way.
Rich & Famous
Good selection of wide range of brands. Carry The Gap, Old Navy, Abercrombie & Fitch, Calvin Klein, Guess, Reebok, Nike, Levi's, etc. Bargains such as Victoria Secret undies for 1 dollar each, Tommy Hilfiger's extra large shirts for 6 dollars, Tommy's sexy supershorts for 4 dollars.
and not to forget ... the famed Jeans Street
You can always drive there using your car, rent a Big Bird bus or Silver Bird - depending on traffic via the new toll road the trip only takes about 1 1/2 to 2 hours (compared to the previous 3-5 hours via Puncak). Best not to travel on weekends, public school holidays or long holiday weekends to avoid massive traffic jams.
Or ... take the train and enjoy the picturesque scenery and lots of room to move around in! From Jakarta to Bandung there are two trains with executive class service which boasts nice reclining seats and air conditioning. (Business class has no a/c). The Argo Gede train is the more expensive one because it's half an hour faster than Parahyangan train. Argo Gede - Jakarta-Bandung trip is only twice a day, takes 3 to 3 1/2 hours. The Parahyangan train costs slightly less and leaves Jakarta very frequently, but takes over 3 1/2 hours. Your driver can go to the Gambir station and purchase the tickets a before your departure, or if you want to be assured of seating, get your tickets through a travel agent a week before departure. For train schedules and routes of the national railway, see Kereta Api Indonesia.
You can be met at the train station by a Golden Bird rented limousine. Cost is per hour and depends on the type of car/van. The drivers are familiar with the location of all the most popular factory outlet shops. Grab a quick bite to eat at McDonald's ... then start shopping. The driver will get you back to the station in time to catch the train back.
There are also shuttle services that run from Jakarta to Bandung on a regular basis and are affordable and relatively comfortable rides in buses.
If you want to spend a few days in town, you can see the historic spots in town, take a 1 1/2 hour trip to see the active Tangkuban Perahu volcano. A 1+ hour walk down the forest path from the visitors center at the summit leads you to bubbling hot springs where you can boil an egg and collect sulphur encrusted rocks. Half an hour away is Sari Ater, a private hot springs complex of hot springs pools where you can enjoy a cooler and more tolerable temperature! While in Bandung you can visit angklung factory, wayang golek factory, or take a historical tour organized by Bandung Trails.
Lots of winter jackets and sweaters. Carry The Gap, Ck, etc.
SOT Factory Outlet (formerly TMS)
Located on the road that goes to Novotel Bogor alongside the toll road. It's on the right side of the road and about 1-2 km from the toll gate.
Thius company sources products for export to Germany only so the brands are German brands. What they sell are not rejected products but samples that they no longer use, but still in good condition with high quality. They have huge selections of winter outfits so it's a perfect place if your looking for coat or sweater, although they also have other garments too. Not too many expats know about this place (yet) , but it's popular among Indonesians whose children study abroad.
Rich & Famous
If you know of other good outlet shops which specialize in export garments, or have changes for the listings above, please share them with the community by sending an email to the webmaster.
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