Factory Outlet Shopping:
Bargains galore across Indonesia
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 cannot 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.
Body 'n Soul
Jl. Kemang Raya 27 B
Bangka, Mampang Prapatan, Jakarta 12730
Body’n Soul Boutique
Jl. Kemang Raya 24 A
Bangka, Mampang Prapatan, Jakarta 12730
Tel. (62-21) 719-4268
Jl Raya Pasar Minggu Km 17/5 C-D-E
Pasar Minggu, Jakarta Selatan
Tel. (62-21) 797-4375, 797-4374
Panglima Polim IX
near Jakarta Stock Exchange
Kawasan Niaga Terpadu (SCBD) Lot 8
Jl. Jendral Surdirman Kav 52-53
F & Co.
Semanggi and Ambasador Malls
Jl. Mas Mansyur, Kebayoran Baru
Premium Factory Outlet
Mall Ambassador, Lt. 1 Unit 1 (next to ITC Kuningan)
Jl. Prof. Dr. Satrio Jakarta 12940
Tel. (62-21) 5793-3702
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.
Jl. Wijaya I No. 75
Tel. (62-21) 725-8730
Carries mostly international brands of sportswear like Nike, Adidas, etc.
Raja Factory outlet
Mangga Dua Square
We can always find clothing for our kids. Store has export and domestic clothing, and shoes.
Jl. Rempoa Veteran
near Bintaro, west of Pondok Indah
Stop Factory Store
Jl. Senopati No. 64
Tel. 7249-2243, 724-5441
Open Monday through Friday 9:00am to 6:30 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 am to 5:00pm.
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:
Jl. Setiabudhi No. 41F
Tel. (022) 203-5498
Better than most ... good selection of wide range of brands. Branch in Jakarta ... see Ot'Let above.
Dago Stock Ekspor (DSE)
Jl. Ir. H. Djuanda No. 52
Tel. (022) 423-7532
Great collection - fashion, shoes, toys, bed & bath and accessories.
Cascade and Secret
Jl. Sumatera No. 24-30
Tel. (022) 426-4107
One of the busiest stores ... great collection and good brands.
Dr. Otten No. 6
Tel. (022) 426-4848
Jl. Sukajadi No. 228A
Tel. (022) 203-0228
Jl. Riau No. 63
Tel. (022) 422-0545
Jl. Dr. Abdul Rivai No. 11
Tel (022) 423-1416
Better than most ... good selection of wide range of brands. Two floors, well lit, lots of dressing rooms and clean bathrooms!
Jl. Diponegoro No. 30
Tel. (022) 727 3429
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
Jl. Aceh No. 66
Tel. (022) 421-0054
Same owner has eSPe and DePe in Jakarta (see above).
Jl. Cemara No. 83
Tel (022) 203-3911
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.
Jl. Buah Batu No. 178
Tel. (022) 730-3777
Rich & Famous
Jl. Dago No. 14
Tel (022) 426-5222
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.
Jl Kopo Sayati No 136
Jl. Buah Batu No 150
Jl. A H Nasution No 136
Jl. RayaJatinangor Km 21
Jl.Raya Dangdeur No. 58
Jl. K.H. Abdul Halim 278
Jl. Raya Padalarang 463 M
Jl. Dipatiukur No 44
Stamp Factory Outlet
Jl. Laksmana L RE Martadinata -simpang Banda 022-4261580
The Secret Factory Outlet
Jl. Riau No. 47 and Jl. RE. Martadinata
Citarum, Bandung, Jawa Barat 40115
and not to forget ... the famed Jeans Street
Jalan Cihampelas for jeans of course and Cibaduyut for shoes.
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. There are some great Restaurants in Bandung that you can try too!
Grand Mal Bekasi Lvl 3
Lots of winter jackets and sweaters. Carry The Gap, Ck, etc.
Mehar Boutique Outlet Bogor
Jl. Arzimar I No. 4
Tel. (62) 0878-7323-3752
Manufactures clothing not only for export but also for 2 outlets in Bogor and Cibubur. Check out their environmentally friendly New Linen Collection.
Outlet 251(formerly SOT)
Jl. Padjadjaran No. 27 - Bogor
Tel. (0251) 838-4187
HP Han Ing 0818-102-201
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
Jl. Raya Darmo 83
Jl. DR. Soetorno No. 69
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.
Partially updated May 9, 2017