The Inventives


Each episode of “The Inventives” features influential individual(s) behind local businesses or communities whose passion has made an impact. Local business and communities featured are from various fields, included but not limited to: fashion, culinary, lifestyle, music, and art. Viewers are treated to how these people build their business, their philosophies, views and goals, and also the struggles and challenges they are facing along the road of entrepreneurship.

Alek Kowalski


Surabaya might not be the city that come across your mind when someone talk about creative city, but when we went there for an event called Sunday Market, it’s just so apparent that this city is buzzing with creativity. And one name that mentioned a lot is Alek Kowalski – creator of Sunday Market, owner of Soledad & The Sisters Company, Ore, Carpentier Kitchen, and All The Things I’ve Done. We chat with him on one lovely afternoon where he share his insight on how it is to build a creative industry in Surabaya.