This is my story about how and when I started selling Batik clothing on the Costa Del Sol.
I settled in Marbella in 1976, so after 39 years I certainly consider Spain my home. I am a cocktail of Irish/Swedish descent so I love the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the Costa del Sol and the lovely climate certainly agrees with me.
Itīs now over 16 years since I was first introduced to Batik fabrics and the wonderful colourful clothing made using this ancient form of colour dyeing.
For many years I taught English to the local Spanish children then 18 years ago I met Dennis, who is now my husband. If meeting Dennis was a turning point in my life, so was the chance meeting with a friend, who wondered whether I could be interested in selling colourful beach sarongs.
This friend knew a very good and reliable supplier of Hand Painted Batik sarongs from Indonesia. As soon as I saw the beautiful colours and fantastic designs, I thought to myself what better place than the Costa del Sol with its golden beaches to try and sell these attractive sarongs. In the beginning I started by selling at the local markets along the Costa del Sol. I soon realised people appreciated what I had to offer and quickly this new venture had grown from selling just batik sarongs to sourcing my own range of stylish Batik clothing and accessories.
For many years now, I have been working very closely and directly with Indonesian family run businesses. Between us we design and choose the wonderful and colourful batik materials to make my distinctive clothing for women of all ages and sizes which I offer under my own brand label "Ingrid Batik Fashion".
In June 2008, I opened my very own shop Ingrid Batik Fashion Boutique in La Cala de Mijas, Mijas Costa.
I hope you will like my on-line shop and can find something that suits you. It is impossible to show all we have to offer here on line, so if you cannot find the ideal item for you please send us an email via our contact us page with a description of what you are looking for and we will send you by return, photographs of the present styles and colours that we have in stock.
I am so fortunate to have customers who appreciate and enjoy my unique Batik clothing and I must add it is so pleasing when people comment on how attractive and colourful my shop looks. Please remember if you are ever on the sunny Costa del Sol, do call in and say hello and see for yourself how my clothing is so different from the normal high street shops.
Some mix business with pleasure, for me business is a pleasure.
Just wanted to say itīs great to have a lovely new clothes shop in La Cala. AT LAST!
The 2 dresses I bought (the black one & blue & white one) are fabulous. I will certainly be telling everyone to pop in.
Good Luck. Rita Murray
Hi there Ingrid,
What struck me is the fantastic quality of the material. I really think this stands out in comparison with other sarongs and dresses, which sometimes stick to the body when warm. Yours are so cool.
Wishing you good luck with your new concept.
Hasta la proxima!- Love Agneta, Malmo Sweden
Your dress, which I bought at the 50+ Exhibition a fortnight ago at Estepona was a full success at the concert last night. Everybody remarked on it and I have for a long time not felt so confident and happy in a new dress. I wish you lots of success in your business, With kind regards, Hiltrud C. Estepona Spain
Just to say received parcel today and sarong is lovely - many thanks for all the help and thanks too for the two ties that was much appreciated - hope you have a good summer - will certainly mention your goods to friends Kind regards, Julie H. Nottingham UK
I am interested in just about any style except tight fitting stuff, being an ample size 20/22, I did buy a black and white long sleeve jacket/blouse to wear at a wedding over a black linen dress, and it looks sensational! So I think I know my style by now and it is worth having your designs because they are so original as well, which I like! I look forward to hearing from you. I am back in Spain in September. Bye for now, from Lin H.
I am staying with a friend for 10 days and she has lent me her kimono. She bought it from you at Sabanillas market a long time ago. I am completely in love with it.
Do you have any in stock? If not, will you be getting anymore?
Look forward to hearing from you. Kay
The kimono arrived today and I am delighted with it. Thank you so much Kay x
Hi Ingrid, Just wondered if you had any new stock for me to look at. Love Sarah x
Hi Ingrid, I bought a dress from you in your shop about 5 weeks ago and love it, Cheers Lesley x
Dear Ingrid, This afternoon I received the bag by post. Thanks for all.
Best wishes from the Netherlands. Wil
I was in your shop last week and bought several items. I will not be coming out to Spain until the end of August and I am really interested in the green wide leg trousers you tried on for me. Do you remember? If possible I would like to pay you on line and then you could send them to me. I look forward to hearing from you. Sharon
Christine wrote: Can you send me via email your clothing photographs please?
I am in the U.K. at present, but do live in Spain. Many thanks.
Patricia Hallsworth wrote: after buying 4 of your designs this year, I have been told they look "great" on me, so at 60 years old I want to see what other designs you have.
I do like the jumpsuits! Thank you xx
Recently bought a one size dress... Tremendous value any more similar? Bas
I purchased some lovely dresses when in La Cala in May, Thank you Mary x
Dear Ingrid I would like to purchase a Culottes dress, I purchased one last year, and would like to buy one for my daughter, can you help? > regards Yvonne
Hi, I already own 6 or 7 of your dresses and am looking to purchase more, both for myself and my friend. Do you have a black / pink one? I have the handkerchief dress. Thanks, look forward to seeing photos and hearing from you shortly. Gill
Hi We bought a dress last september from you and would like to buy one for our daughters birthday in june do you have any in stock? Glen Bailey
cleona henderson wrote: my friend recently visited la cala and bought a lovely maxi dress, could you send me pics of any current maxi drsses / maxi skirts / all in one, she told me about an all in one black number with shorts? Many thanks
Dear Ingrid, many thanks for the pictures. I would like to buy the one in picture number one with the blue background and one of picture number three with the orange background with the two ladies with baskets on their heads. Linda xx