Marketing Director of Eurobutik Bangun Indonesia (EBI) Kartika Winata is a well-spoken and fearless young woman. In her mid-20s, she took a risk by bringing deLaCour, one of the world’s most sought-after bespoke watch brands, to Indonesia, and she now she is on a roll to bring more brands into the country and make her mark in the luxury market.
It’s easy to see how Kartika found success at such an early age through her passion and dedication. Impressed by her knack for business, we decided to get to know the young entrepreneur a little bit better by asking her about some of her favourite things in life.
What do you love about living in Jakarta?
No matter how bad the traffic is, Jakarta will always be home for me. And this is coming from someone who spent most of her years living abroad. [Laughs]
Where is your favourite spot in the city?
I am a very homely person, so I have to say my favourite spot is my home. But if I am at work, my favourite spot would be somewhere around my work area [SCBD], such as Potato Head Garage because of its strategic location.
How would you describe your personal style?
Very minimalistic and simple. I also love black and white outfits; I wear them most of the time.
What is your favourite timepiece?
My favourite timepiece of all time would be the Patek Philippe Nautilus because of its simple and classic design. For my own brand, I would opt for the deLaCour City Ego.
What is the best aspect of running your own business?
I would say the liberty I get to choose the brands I wanted to bring into the country because I have to be confident enough to do that.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
When I was able to bring in three new brands without much investment.
Who is your inspiration in life?
I can’t pinpoint just one person, but my father is the person I look up to the most. However, I do believe that I learn from everyone that I meet in life; everyone can be an inspiration to me.
What motto do you live by?
I want to lead a well-balanced life. You have to balance between your work and your private life. I don’t want to become that person who is too focused on one thing and who forgets the other because both of them are equally important to me.
What do you usually do in your leisure time?
I've always been into music since I was a young kid, and I still do jamming sessions with my younger brother. Other than that, I just play with my three dogs during my leisure time.
Where do you go when you need an escape from the city?
I have always loved the beach and since my family owns a villa on a private island, that is the perfect weekend getaway.
(Photo by Irwan Kurnia)
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