In the dressing of Franki Turner

Style Hawker gets up close and personal in bi-monthly interviews featuring friends of TANGS! 

In this instalment, we speak to Franki Turner, Founder and Creative Director of Frankitas - ‘Franki’ is short for Francisca and ‘tas’ means bag in Indonesian. Franki’s Javanese roots, Malaysian upbringing and worldly travels have nurtured her enduring love for ethnic, hand-woven fabrics, for the heritage and craftsmanship they represent.  Franki lives in Malaysia with her husband and 3 children.


Who are you Franki Turner?

 I am a mother of 3 children, a wife, and an entrepreneur.  Besides my passion for traditional textiles and travelling, I am equally passionate about food, eating as well as cooking. In fact, I am truly obsessed with my food.

Can you define your style?

I don’t have one distinctive style. I can be simple one day, and the next go for a classic and old school glamour. Most times I quite casual and understated. 

Who is your style icon?

Grace Kelly and Olivia Palermo.

Where do you find inspiration?

 Nature, food, my children and travelling.

What social/charitable causes are you passionate about?

I am very passionate about any causes that contribute to the development of the local community. I have a soft spot for helping children, refugees, and preserving heritage.

What is your beauty routine?

I am a fairly simple and traditional person, I tend to just moisturize twice a day and do a mask once a week using natural yogurt. Every two days, I drink my Indonesian Jamu (fresh herbal drink) which I make myself, to cleanse internally. Occasionally, I will have my traditional Indonesian lulur (body scrub), maybe once every two months.

What is your favourite piece in your dressing? and Why?

There are 6 things that I absolutely love and must have: my Frankitas, heels, jeans, shirts, light cotton t-shirts, and dresses – I have many of them. These are what I live in because they allow me to move around comfortably and almost effortlessly.

What is a must have from Tangs this season?

Colours are a must-have from TANGS this year. I feel consumers should really step outside of their comfort zone and take more colour risks.

What is your wish for 2016? (travel, experiences...)

Given the time and resources, I personally wish to travel more with my family. Work-wise, I wish to travel as well and do more creative collaborations with NGOs that promote and develop the preservation of heritage. Ideally, I would also like to live by the sea or a lake.

See the full collection of Frankitas at the House of TANG, TANGS at Tang Plaza, Level 4.