Face / Place by Thearosa: Kai Paul x Indosole

Meet Kai of Indosole; One of many two unimaginable beings behind the Indonesian socially and environmentally made footwear model.

By ingenuity and mindfulness, their merchandise embody a way of life of resourceful creation – All artisanally crafted utilizing repurposed tires and pure supplies whereas showcasing a verve of latest fashion. 

It’s an absolute delight to share this interview with you!



Hey Kai, let’s begin from the start… The place are you from and the way did your love for Bali start?


Hey Beat Magazine! My mother and father moved from California to Indonesia in 1977. I used to be born and raised in Jakarta and I assume my love for Bali started from earlier than I turned 1 12 months previous when my mother and father began bringing me to Kuta Seaside. This continued by means of my Childhood into Legian and Seminyak and good days on 66 seaside; to now as and grownup and a part of the group in Bali.


You’ve talked about in earlier interviews that you just grew up in Jakarta

What struggles do you continue to expertise as an grownup – “third cultured child”, if any?  

The query of dwelling exists every now and then the place my household is within the US however my coronary heart and life that I see for myself now and into the long run is right here in Indonesia. I do miss my household, and want I might see them extra. 


You’ve created such unimaginable collaborations between communities and NGO’s.. From 3 on 3 charity basketball tournaments, seaside clear ups, vogue revolution week, a line with Sea Shepherd… Do you may have any Indonesian artists in thoughts that you just’d like to collaborate with for a line? 


Sure many – Divis62 – Wahono, Eko Nugroho, Sejauh Mata Memandang,

Ican Harem, Alip Jon, Lee Wilson, Abenk Alter, Agan Harahap, Natisa Jones, Pleasure Collective, and plenty of pure dye textile artists both in conventional batik strategies, or in additional fashionable textile designs, musicians resembling Bam Mastro, and activists resembling Hamish Wylie and Melati Wilsen and the Bye Bye Plastic Bag crew we now have cherished since Day one. There are such a lot of alternatives and areas to discover artistically and actively right here in Indonesia. The tradition and heritage is so deep and it fuels the inventive expression in so some ways. 


We acknowledge and stand to your COVID initiative collaboration with Room for Dessert and PNNY. How did that initiative come to be? 


We have now been Working with Home of Pnny for a number of years on our Neighborhood Help initiatives by means of our 3on3 Basketball tournaments we now have performed the previous 2 yrs to lift cash for the group in Indonesia. When the Corona quarantine began we acquired collectively and began asking ourselves how we might assist in one of the best ways potential. Once we discovered the crew at Room 4 Dessert was offering meals to individuals who had misplaced their jobs and had been in want of meals, we requested if we might assist with their Dharma Buns program and attempt to feed extra individuals. All of us agreed that getting meals to the individuals who want it might be one of the best resolution throughout this time. As well as, we needed to help the natural and pure farming strategies in Bali and permit this motion to maintain into the long run – all meals from Room 4 Dessert are comprised of pure, and natural produce from farms that they’ve been working with since Day 1 and proceed to work with. By supporting the Dharma Buns program  this each will get meals to individuals who want it and helps to maintain the pure and natural farming strategies in Bali. This program is deep and feels probably the most consistent with our values. 


What recommendation would you give somebody beginning up a sustainable vogue line? 

Make sure that the product that you just produce is top quality, sturdy, and appears nice. Keep in mind it’s a must to be a greater product than merchandise which can be “non-sustainable”. Problem your self with this purpose.


What’s subsequent on Indosole’s mission? 

We have now new supplies we’re processing past tires – new foams, and rubbers we’re taking from the waste stream and turning into new merchandise. Keep tuned for the discharge of those merchandise in 2021. 


The place are your go – to native eateries? 

Pasar4D in Canggu because it lies proper subsequent door to us in Canggu. We love having a espresso at Mimpi, and at Seseh Basic Retailer, Jackfruit Katsu Curry at Tygr Sushi, Swich Sandwiches, sundown on the Garden, and Ibu Sri’s on Padang Linjong, 


And your go- to surf breaks as of recently?

Sandbar hahahahaha


Your present favourite Indosole product?

The Cross – for it’s elevated look


Bali in 3 phrases?

Respect Stunning Enjoyable




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