Bangkok has long been known as one of the most vibrant cities in Southeast Asia – a hedonistic and culturally rewarding playground for travelers and tourists where the traditional and familiar collide with the contemporary and the exotic. It is, however, much more than that and has, over the past few years, established itself as a chic destination for the region’s style savvy. Helping any inquisitive fashionistas find what they are looking for, Quintessentially Lifestyle’s team of experts have compiled this list of their 10 favourite boutiques in Thailand’s bustling capital.
Selvedgeworktakes denim seriously. It doesn’t only believe that there is such a thing as the perfect pair of jeans, it also believes that everyone is entitled to enjoying theirs. As a result, they handcraft each pair exactly to the tastes of its owner. Quality ingredients, skilled artisans and the luxury of choice all ensure that you can wear your perfect pair of jeans with pride.
Siam Square Soi 2, Bangkok, Thailand.www.facebook.com/selvedgework
Following her studies at Central Saint Martins, the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and work experience at Jill Stuart, Bangkok-based designer Mimi Yuvacharuskuldecided in 2009 that it was time to establish her own label and Milin was born. Based on three keywords – elegance, sensuality and rebellion –her collections are bold, feminine, wearable and affordable. It is little wonder that she is held in such high regard by the Thai fashion world.
3rd floor, Fashion Visionary 319, Siam Center, Bangokok, Thailand.www.milin.com/shopping/index.php
Kai Boutique has dominated the country’s fashion industry and been at the forefront of Bangkok’s couture scenefor over three decades. Responsible for dressing the city’s fashionistas and celebrities whenever they need to make an impact, the spacious flagship store acts as an exquisite showroom illustrating the magic that can be spun with a needle, thread and some fine fabrics. Worth a look for the sumptuous dresses on offer, even if you are not in the market for a show-shopping number.
187/1 Bangkok Cable Building, ThanonRatchadamri, Bangkok, Thailand.http://www.kaiboutique.com/
If you are looking for an authentic exotic leather bag, then you need look no further than S’uvimol. Established in 1950, the brand began life as the first successful crocodile breeding farm that exported leathers to many of the world’s leading brands. It wasn’t until 2011 that it started making its own leather goods, which to this day fuse a strong aesthetic approach with fine quality leather to create timeless icons of style.
Siam Paragon Department Store, M Floor, Bangkok, Thailand.http://www.suvimolbkk.com
(un) FASHION Vintage
For those looking for something a little different, (un) FASHION Vintage is for you. As the name suggests, this is a vintage treasure trove packed full of unique gems from all over the world, although the majority of it comes from Europe and Japan. New stock is delivered every Wednesday, so that is the best time to check it out, but whenever you go there are bargains to be found. It stocks a particularly good range of vintage handbags.
Sukhumvit 63 soi 10, Bangkok, Thailand.https://www.facebook.com/unFASHIONVINTAGE
Keeping up with the trends can be hard to do. It is not difficult, however, if you shop at Sister Margaritta, which seems to somehow always be one step ahead of the streets. Vintage gear sits alongside imports from Korea to cater for the urbane woman, whose confidence and sophistication make her style seem effortless.
Siam Square Soi 5, Bangkok, Thailand.https://www.facebook.com/sistermargaritta
Jim Thompson is something of an institution on Bangkok’s streets. For over half a century, it has been known as the country’s premier silk manufacturer and it is still considered the place to go when looking for silk clothes, fabrics, pillows, sheets and more. You will be able to find silk cheaper in Bangkok, but not at this quality – it is worth its premium.
9 Surawong Road, GPO Box 906, Bangkok 10500, Thailand.http://www.jimthompson.com/index.asp
Siam Centre multi-brand store Mob.F assembles some of Thailand’s most exciting emerging designers under one roof, and presents them in a way that is visually exciting and easy to browse. Each brand is given a designated area, each of which embodies its own individuality yet also works cohesively under Mob.F’s clever curation. Whether you are looking for something completely unique or just want to check out what Bangkok’s trendsetters are wearing, Mob.F is the place to see and be seen.
407/2 & 3, Siam Center, Bangkok, Thailand.
Doi Tung Lifestyle
Shopping with a conscience is easy at Doi Tung Lifestyle, where everything has been handmade by Bangkok’s underprivileged citizens. You can pick up a whole number of meticulously created wares from here, including fabrics and lifestyle items that effortlessly blend Thai craftsmanship with an inherent understanding of design and appeal.
Siam Discovery Centre (2nd floor), Bangkok, Thailand.http://www.doitung.org/lifestyle_our.php
Gin and Milk
Multi-brand store Gin and Milk caters to the modern gentleman, offering a stunning selection on contemporary menswear designers from Bangkok and beyond. Perfect for those in search of something a little more unique, we suggest checking out brands such as Meticulous, Pattara and Pattric Boyle.
3rd floor Fashion Visionary 339/ Siam Center, Bangkok, Thailand. www.facebook.com/ginandmilkstore
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