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Daniel Mananta A date with destiny

  • Dian Kuswandini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, May 30 2009   /  10:34 am

If you happen to catch up with MTV VJ Daniel Mananta these days, you might hear him saying "DAMN!". A lot. Don't be offended. He doesn't mean to be rude or anything. He's just doing it for business. Yes: The fashionable hunk is busy spreading the word on his latest clothing label DAMN, derived quite innocently from his name. The label may sound Western, but Daniel's debut T-shirt collection comes with a distinctive local flavor: Indonesian culture rules. Under his premium line "DAMN! I love Indonesia", Daniel goes wild with designs drawing on batik patterns, wayang (traditional puppet) characters such as Petruk, Gareng and Arjuna, and Balinese mythic hero Barong. And his craze doesn't stop there: He brings Indonesian heroes Bung Tomo and Raden Ajeng Kartini into the spotlight. All of the designs come in colorful urban/contemporary blends. ...