Bandung is not only famous as a city of culinary tourism. Remember! Bandung was dubbed “Paris van Java”! City of fashion! So if you are interested to find clothes shopping places are nice, unique and affordable, Bandung can be an alternative of your choice! Well, there is one type of clothing shopping, especially clothes for young people (although not limited by age). The place is called: “distro”.
Distro (according to Wikipedia), short for “distribution store” or distribution outlet, is the kind of shop in Indonesia, which sells clothing and accessories are entrusted by the makers of clothing, or produced themselves. Distro are generally small and medium industries (SMI) is an independent clothing brand developed by young people. Products produced by the distro attempt was made to not mass produced, in order to maintain the exclusive nature of a product.
The concept of distro began in the mid-1990s in Bandung. At that time, independent bands in Bandung trying to sell their merchandise like CD / tape, t-shirts, and stickers in places other than they do the show. An early form of distro is a home-based businesses and made windows and shelves to sell t-shirts. In addition to the music community, eventually many other communities such as punk and skateboarding communities who then also make small shops selling clothing and accessories for them. Now, the distro industry has evolved, even considered to produce products which have export quality. In the year 2007 is estimated there are approximately 700 business units distro in Indonesia, and 300 of them exist in Bandung.
There are several leading distros, which are often selected by young people in Bandung, such as: Invictus, UNKL347, Cosmic, Screamus, and more. Maybe you will be confused if you have chosen to come and see for yourselves the creation of the distros. Broadly speaking, distro sells: t-shirts, jeans, bags, backpacks, wallets, shoes, sandals, hats, belts, scarves, handkerchiefs, and other accessories such as bracelets, necklaces and rings, and even lighters.
The fans of the distro’s products are not just children or teenagers, but adults also love it. They came not only from Bandung and its surroundings, but also come from all cities in Indonesia (Jakarta, Semarang, Surabaya, etc.). Typically, some people from other city, buying in bulk (the party), to be brought into their place, and sold them back there with good price.
So, now you get more insights about the shopping in Bandung. Therefore, keep the spirit! Stay young! Come shopping in the distro!