Born in Makassar and raised by his seamstress single mother, Toton Januar developed a fascination with the artisanal aspect of design at a young age.
He relocated to Jakarta, obtaining a degree in Media Broadcasting while working as a designer for one of Indonesia’s most prominent fashion designers. The job, along with his modeling career gave insight into the creative industry in general, Indonesia’s in particular.
He further sought to broaden his design vocabulary by taking a course on Fashion Study at Parsons New School of Design in New York.
He started TOTON to provide an answer to the modern women’s need of individual style.