อัพเดตเมื่อ: 17 ก.ย. 2019
Platinum Fashion Mall. Union Mall. Terminal 21. These Bangkok megamalls are very familiar to shopaholics in Thailand, where clothing of every quality, color, fabric, style and level of craftsmanship can be found. For shoppers, such variety of choice is both a blessing and a curse.
After living as a digital nomad in Thailand for several months of each of the past three years, I've done my share of shopping for clothes in Bangkok, though when I first arrived I had a difficult time deciphering the best shops from the rest. To help you avoid the same fate, here are the five best men's clothing and accessories shops in Bangkok.
Designed by the award-winning Toronto-based design firm Yabu Pushelberg, SIWILAI would be a spectacle even if completely empty. When you add in their products, though, an array of international brands often difficult to find elsewhere in Bangkok, the store is elevated to new heights. As their Facebook page says, "The overall aesthetic places emphasis on warm, authentic materials and maintains their natural essence – an homage to traditional Thai craftsmanship within a modern-day marketplace that acutely anticipates the ever-changing contemporary consumer lifestyle."
AMERICAN RAG COMPAGNI
Seeking international cult labels? California-based American Rag Compagnie is your go-to. Though you'll find plenty of other American and global labels in this store, their line of t-shirts and jackets are equally worth a look. One of their best collections comes from Saturdays Surf NYC, minimally-designed threads hailing from the brand's flagship on Crosby Street in SoHo, New York.
1/F, Groove, CentralWorld, 999/9 Rama 1 Rd., +66 2 251 6880, www.facebook.com/americanragbkk
One local brand worth seeking out is Container, craftsmen of leather bags noticeably influenced by the modernity and clean lines found throughout Japanese and Scandinavian design.
On the other hand, if you're looking for local designs rather than international labels, The Selected is for you. Curating the very best emerging Thai talents - not only in fashion and design but also in art, music and technology - The Selected is a rotating mix of what’s hot in Bangkok and beyond. One local brand worth seeking out is Container, craftsmen of leather bags noticeably influenced by the modernity and clean lines found throughout Japanese and Scandinavian design.
3/F, Siam Center, Rama 1 Rd., +66 2 658 1000 x1378, www.facebook.com/theselected
Yet if you asked a local Thai guy about the best tailor shop there is in Bangkok, there’s a good chance they’ll recommend Pinky Tailor. As their website says, “Established since 1980, N&P Pinky Tailor proudly introduce ourselves as a specialized tailor for both ladies & gents tailoring for quality shirts, trousers, suits, tuxedos, uniforms, overcoats, skirts, dresses etc..” They've got three floors of fabrics and designs here, so give yourself a bit of time to browse.
Mahatun Plaza Arcade, 888/40 Ploenchit Road, +66 2 252 9680, www.pinkytailor.com
Of course, this guide wouldn’t be complete without addressing Bangkok’s many street markets, where you can find some truly unique pieces that aren’t in any shop here - or anywhere else in the world, for that matter. Siam Night Market (for clothes) and Chatuchak Weekend Market (for accessories) are two of my favorites, though keep in mind that markets can be hit-and-miss depending on inventory and season, and most vendors only accept cash, so you'll need to visit an ATM before you go. If you still can’t find that particular piece you’re looking for, Amazon also ships to Thailand, though shipping can take several weeks.
As for getting from place to place, Uber is a godsend in Bangkok, where traffic is nearly always overwhelming and sunny, humid, 90° days are the norm just about any time of the year. If you want a more authentically Thai experience, though, be sure to take a spin in a tuk-tuk at least once while you're here.