The Jakarta Post
Charles 'Charly' Antoine Descotis poses at the Ticket to the Moon booth at Maison&Objet January 2018 edition on Friday, Jan. 19 (JP/Keshie Hernitaningtyas)
Bali-based parachute hammock manufacturer Ticket to the Moon is one of the Indonesian brands to be featured in Maison&Objet, an annual lifestyle trade fair in Paris, to be held from Sept. 7 to 11.
Founded by Frenchman Charles “Charly” Antoine Descotis in 1996, the brand will launch a premium line of products. In a text interview with The Jakarta Post, Charly said the new products are meant to fit the trade fair better, as they are made with new materials and feature earthy tones, such as beige, gold, orange, brown and green.
“The premium line will be for the interior hammocks, with more decorative patterns and earthy colors. All materials were sourced and made in Indonesia,” he added.
Ticket to the Moon usually uses a very strong parachute nylon made by PT Kahatex in Bandung for its products, as it is considered lightweight, breathable, elastic and mildew-resistant. The brand has released a number of products, including the Moon Chair, the Mini Moonchair, hammocks in five different sizes, the Pocket Frisbee, the Mosquite Net and Eco backpacks.
Charly said the new material was sourced from a nylon supplier based in Jakarta. “It is a bit heavier than the one we use for the outdoor products but it gives a wonderful feeling of comfort. We will launch a bag collection as well with this material to make sure all our waste is used,” he said.
The company particularly pays attention to its operations in making sure it is sustainable and environmentally friendly, such as using locally sourced materials and investing in recycling methods.
Ticket to the Moon first participated in the Maison&Object held earlier this year. Deemed successful in terms of networking and incoming orders, Charly decided to return to the fair. “It was inspiring, as there were a lot of creative projects with worldwide designers,” he added.
He also said the fair has proven to be effective for the company’s brand image and to keep up its presence in the market, adding that he would not be able to accept orders as the factory is fully booked until March 2019.
Charly stated that one of the problems the company faces is a shortage of qualified workers. “It is difficult to find qualified workers in Bali. That is why we started an internal training, as that is the only way to have qualified staff for our export-quality products. We train people from Sumba, where the Ticket to the Moon foundation operates,” he added.
Established in 2009, the foundation teamed up with the Kodi tribe in Southwest Sumba, Sumba Island, East Nusa Tenggara, to improve their living conditions while preserving the ancestral culture. (wng)