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Made in Thailand – five places to shop in Bangkok for the best in Thai design

Thai designers are the international fashion world’s best kept secret. Why? Well for one, Thai people are inherently stylish and have a voracious appetite for the latest trends. They have a playful approach to fashion, and enjoying experimenting with their looks and pushing boundaries. Plus, they do so in a modest and unassuming way, allowing their style to speak for itself rather than shouting from the proverbial rooftops. For keen shoppers, this means Bangkok is a treasure trove of shops selling Thai designs – if you know where to look.

 

Siam Center
This creative mall plays host to many young, local designers such as Painkiller, Greyhound and Patric Boyle. The new generation of creative fashionistas offer ambitious and exciting new designs, making use of print, color and innovative fabrics. Here, you’ll find pieces you won’t find at home (something that’s increasingly rare in the globalised shopping scene).

The Platinum Fashion Mall

A veritable labyrinth and a sensory experience in its own right. The many floors are densely packed with tiny shops selling affordable and cheerful clothing. You’ll find everything from slogan t-shirts to elaborate cosplay outfits and ballgowns. Don’t expect your high end brands here, but you could walk out with a brand new wardrobe for a bargain.

Pinky Tailor
Having your clothes custom-made to your taste and your size is a luxury few of us indulge in in our daily lives. Tailors are commonplace in Thailand, but the level of service and quality can be hit and miss. Pinky is the magazine editor’s favourite, and one of the best in the capital, at prices that won’t break the bank. Cuts are classic to contemporary and the quality is unrivalled. Your custom made garment will fit you perfectly and last you a lifetime, as loyal customers receive perks like free alterations.

Chatuchak Market
This sprawling weekly market has everything from antiques to homewares to food stalls. But it’s also home to a selection of budding new designers who have yet to set up stores of their own. You can expect to find clothes, shoes, bags and accessories from inventive, young designers in a great variety of styles, and at great prices.

 

EmQuartier
The ground floor contains mainly international megabrands, the likes of Céline and Saint Laurent – but look upstairs for a selection of pieces carefully hand-picked from homegrown designers. They also play host to regular pop-up shops and Qurator – a gallery-like exhibition of clothes.