Over the years, Thailand has emerged as S.E.Asia prime shopping destination. Value for money and less expensive hotel rooms (compared to other S.E. Asian nations), an inspiring variety in dining and an amazing choice at shopping – Bangkok and other tourist destinations like Phuket, Krabi, Samui and Chiang Mai are among the top shopping venues. From jewelry and home décor to beauty products and fashion apparel; Custom Tailored dresses and formal wear may be regarded on top of the list of Thailand’s Best Buy for visitors.
In Bangkok, the districts – from Sukhumvit to Central World is queued up with custom tailor shops, some established since more than two decades. While each shop proclaim bespoke tailor, some comes highly recommended and having tried and tested, En Elle Custom Tailor in Bangkok, expert in Ladies and Gents custom-made dresses have earned a reputation being master in stitching. They employ high tech machine fusing, layering, lining and padding. When stitched and pressed correctly, the dress maker guarantee no bubble that otherwise may appear over the years. Located in Amarin Plaza (Sogo), the shop #39 is on the 2nd Floor, 500 Phloenchit Road. Easy access via the Chidlom BTS skywalk to Amarin plaza. Tel. +66(0)22569039.
On the Island of Koh Samui, Trend Fashion at North Chaweng (next to Novotel-Kandaburi Resort) have build a status over 12 years for high quality custom-made dresses that reflect an individuals’ style including Sport blazer, suits, shoes and lifestyle men’s and ladies latest fashion wear. The shop is well stocked with quality imported material including neck ties. http://www.trendfashion.co.th
At the chic shopping district of Fisherman’s Village, the New Samui Armani (opposite Darling café) has a variety of shirting material and they deliver stitched shirt at your hotel the next day.
When in Krabi, check out Absolute Designer Collection (+66 87 3227037) and Martin Collection (+66 85 169 7693), both at Ao Nang, masters in men’s lifestyle shirting with a nice variety of neck ties.
On the big island of Phuket, Island Creation Suits at Karon Beach (M 089-8718461, fb/Island Creation Suits) and Rahul Fashion House at Kata Center opposite Kata Beach Resort (email@example.com) – both have a quality stock of suiting, shirt material and master stitch winter over-coats.
Hand-carry, bags, wallets are much popular products to buy in Thailand, but you need to look for products made of innovative, bio degradable material. Talented young couple at Least Studio (Bangkok) have come up with innovative ‘Cutting Mat’ – the new material, which made up of natural rubber with biodegradable material giving the finished good a feel of a fabric than rubber or leather, which can be folded or rolled, and is also waterproof, UV resistant and have no pollution of rubber smell like ordinary rubber. The designer (owners) inspirational design have won them several designer awards including Denmark Award Winning (2016) ‘Cuttingmat Collection, Holder Folder ‘ won the Lifestyle product branch of “Design Excellent Award 2016”; Talent Thai Winning 2017 and the creators have appeared on TV shows and limelight media. Least Studio products available in high fashion stores in Bangkok including Siam Discovery (Rama I Rd. Bangkok), BTS Siam and other fashion galleries in the City. https://www.leaststudio.com
KhaiSaeng hand-made Art & Design Clocks bears much of an appeal to art lovers. While watches may have declined in demand as consumer have the convenience of time check on mobile phones, wall and table clocks continue to décor homes and there is no shortage of time pieces with strong art appeal. Named after the founder and creator Khaisaeng Romphotong, The passion of making clocks is more on creating a work of art. Each clock is framed with a sense of fantasy – a village scene or pieces of shells put together inspired with underwater world.
Thai products display on one platform is showcased at its best at some of the upcoming exhibitions and shows like the Beyond Beauty ASEAN, IMPACT, Bangkok (19-21 September 2019), Style Bangkok at BITEC, Bangkok (17-21 October, 2019), COSMEX Fashion & Beauty Show at BTEC (5-7 November, 2019).
Visitors take delight spending the whole day to shop till they drop at some of the lifestyle shopping complexes impressively designed, like Siam Paragon, Terminal 21, Emporium and Central Department Stores – each, also comprise of food courts and gourmet beverage outlets for refreshment to shoppers.
Words & Pictures by Saifuddin Ismailji