Toton Januar's interest in the world of artisanal design was fostered by his childhood in Makassar, where he was raised by his seamstress single mother. While he was finishing his undergraduate study in Media Communications in Jakarta, Toton also worked as a designer for one of the most renowned fashion designers in Indonesia. In 2012, along with Haryo Balitar, he then created TOTON, a contemporary womenswear brand that explores Indonesian cultures through modern perspectives. Toton Januar works combine classical elements of traditional ceremonial garbs with menswear-inspired silhouettes, creating a new and exotic interpretation. Starting from 2017, TOTON has been practicing sustainable fashion by using recycled and upcycled materials in its collections.
- Fashion Knights - DEWI Magazine (2013, 2016, 2017)
- Designer of the Year - ELLE Style Awards (2016, 2018)
- International Woolmark Prize regional Asia (2016)
- Finalist - International Woolmark Prize Global Final (2017)