MISSY TRAVEL is our feature that spotlights sacred destinations for those wanderlusters in-the-know. Each time, we will feature a class-act destination and offer up our top 5 must-sees, tried and tested by the Missy team ourselves.
A recent buying trip to Bali had us falling in love with this vibrant island all over again. The perfect balance of palm-fringed la tropicale, urban indulgences, and the friendliest of locals, Bali will surely leave you wanting more! Without further adieu, we bring you our top picks...
Opened by the founders of Ksubi – Gareth Moody, George Gorrow and Gorrow’s wife Cisco – this is the new cool kid hangout in Canggu. The Slow boasts one of the best restaurants in Bali and a fantastic menswear line Non-Type in the attached boutique. We’re also suckers for the constant music playing through the establishment from one of our fave internet radio stations, Reverberation Radio.Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.97, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung
Lazy days are best spent at Mrs Sippy lounging by the pool, reading your book on one of their day beds, indulging in their excellent menu and browsing their cute little boutique.Jl. Taman Ganesha, Gang Gagak 8, Seminyak
Start your day with a healthy, delicious and insta-worthy meal at this unpretentious little café that is just minutes from the beach.Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.64, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung
Run by famed Sydney restauranteur Maurice Terzini, expect exquisite food and drop-dead interiors.Jl. Petitenget No.170, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kota Denpasar
One of our fave shops in Bali, SOUQ is owned by Peter and Sophie, friends of MISSY SKINS from Shanghai. Aside from stocking MISSY SKINS, they sell a beautifully curated selection of holiday essentials such as sundresses and hats, and amazing furniture designed by the husband and wife team – and produced by local artisans. Look no further for the best coffee on the island at their organic café.Jl. Raya Taman No.10X, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung
Flanked by two cliff heads are the gem-coloured waters of Suluban Beach, also known as Blue Point beach. A popular surf spot, soak up the sun and cool off with a dip in the azure waters before watching the sunset over the horizon with a cold drink in hand at one of the many cliff top eateries.Jalan Suluban, Desa Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung
This is one stop we always make when we’re in Bali. Beautiful flowy dresses that take you effortlessly from poolside to cocktail hour, curated to perfection in their gorgeous stores.Four locations in Bali
Our beautiful new-in Ata grass bags are hand-woven by artisans in Bali. Using Ata grass, a durable and moisture-resistant vine indigenous to the volcanic foothills of the Tenganan region, each bag can take up to 4 weeks to complete. The bags are woven with raw grass, then dried under the sun for a week before being smoked for 24 hours over a fire of coconut husks soaked in honey, lending the bags their warm golden hue and pleasant smoky aroma.
These ata grass bags are available exclusively through our Taobao store
July 26, 2017
Last weekend, MISSY SKINS held an urban gypsy-themed Summer Essentials Bazaar at the newly opened W Shanghai wet deck.
We are the urban gypsy generation.
Inspired by bohemia and gypsy culture - pioneering the nomadic freelance lifestyle is no truer than today. Reflecting the diversity of our times and embracing curiosity, we live in a global village where we have the freedom and inclination to move from place to place, all the while discovering with a conscious mind in order to not lose touch with our spiritual self and mother earth.
Thanks to everyone that came along to support and everyone that showed us love!
Photography：Mark and Alek
Thanks to our vendors:
Ross & Brown
Apelles Apothecary & Lab
Straight Up Razors
Special thanks to the team at W Shanghai!
July 17, 2017
Behind every great man is a great woman… This age-old adage is something we’re all familiar with. But behind every great woman is often a man and certainly at MISSY SKINS, we have been supported since day one by the men in our lives. Our significant others, our family, our friends and our collaborators… So giving credit where credit’s due, we bring you our newest feature, HEY MR.
Arthur and Tom, the double-vision duo behind YETI OUT, a trans-Asian musical and cultural collective and friends of MISSY SKINS, takes the lead in our first ever HEY MR. feature.
With the rise of global Asian culture and media collectives such as Hypebeast and 88Rising, the boys are leading a new wave of creatives carving out their niche in this Brave New World.
Born in Hong Kong to a Cantonese mother and English father, these twin brothers have lived in Vancouver, London, Manchester and Shanghai. Their global upbringing and insatiable quest for sound during their university years soon had them blogging, DJ-ing and throwing parties in East London under the YETI moniker. With their move back to Asia they set out to propel YETI into a powerhouse collective throwing underground parties, bringing over a killer roster of artists from the likes of A$AP MOB and Soulection, hosting art shows and radio sessions, as well as working with some of the most globally-respected brands in an agency capacity.
① As brothers running a company together, how do you avoid getting at each other’s throats?
Arthur: Easy, live in two different cities!
Tom: Leave my knives at home!
② How do you split the responsibilities with YETI?
Arthur: To be honest, we're just figuring it out as we go along.
Tom: Twins are telepathic, it's a natural instinct.
③ How different is your sound?
Arthur: We play similar tunes, perhaps more rap for me, Tom leans towards more dancey/disco stuff.
Tom: I've been getting back into some older UK funky tracks lately, some Lil Silva...Roska Roska.
④ Where do you see club music going in the near future?
Arthur: I think genres in music will continue to blur, with the new constantly referencing the past, the East admiring the West and vice versa. There will always be some kind of new, short-lived genre, which will be exciting but not sustainable enough for people to reminisce over.
Tom: Yeah, definitely continued hybrid outputs of past and present genres. Also with the internet, people can tap into music cultures without travelling away from home. So a bedroom producer from Baltimore can make a Bollywood B more edit without visiting Mumbai. It could be a banger or a track that lacks relevance but we'll continue to have more choices as the listener.
⑤ Shanghai and Hong Kong are somewhat pseudo-dystopian future cities. What interesting trends are you seeing coming up that you think might shape things to come?
Arthur: As far as trends go, I think the focus will go back to wardrobe basics, but designed with quality in mind; a really well tailored chambray or fitted tee. Loud logos to be replaced by merch from your local greasy diner or radio station - wearing culture/good times as opposed to brands.
Tom: Is Tu Hao a trend? That's been on a come up!
⑥ Sneakers or oxfords?
⑦ Jeans or chinos?
⑧ Digital or analog?
⑨ East or West?
⑩ Space travel or time travel?
Arthur: Time travel
Tom: Space Travel
⑪ Asian, white or girls of colour?
Arthur: You left out Avatars
Tom: Ahh yes, the lush alien world of Pandora <3
The boys have each put together an exclusive playlist for our readers! Click the links below to listen on Spotify!
Photography by Lolita Sharun
July 5, 2017