Insider’s Guide to Bangkok Shopping

When you’re in the capital of a kingdom, retail isn’t merely therapy — it’s a way of life. Like in many Southeast Asian megacities, Bangkok shopping spans a larger-than-life spectrum. From hagglers’ markets to supermalls, there’s certainly something for every type of shopper.

For the luxury traveler, the city’s retail landscape is beautifully built upon countless marquee labels along with exciting local discoveries. And with Conrad Bangkok as your home base, its easy to access all the shopping possibilities.

LADIES…

Soi Sa:m, archival space for fashion label Shone Puipia

The biggest names in womenswear can be found in the city’s megamalls; many of them are so big they can operate like small commercial villages. The most high-end of these retail palaces, Siam Paragon, is conveniently located within a couple miles of Conrad Bangkok. The main floor of this massive mall is home to blockbuster brands Burberry, Celine, Bottega Veneta and Miu Miu.

In the atmospheric neighborhood of Soi Suanplu, make an appointment for Soi Sa:m, the archival space for fashion label Shone Puipia. There’s an art gallery vibe to this boutique, where inventory—skirts made of a mosaic of leather patches, ballooning silk dresses in a mélange of patterns—is exhibited like prized sculptures.

On trendy Sukhumvit Road is the flagship of Thai designer brand ASAVA, known for elegant clothing that always resonates with the country’s most stylish celebrities. The spacious boutique is chock full of scene-stealing garments, such as fully embellished silk gowns that wouldn’t be out of place at a royal ball.

If you’re on the hunt for something custom, Conrad Bangkok’s concierge will point you to the gifted tailors at Louis Collections, among the most revered in town. They can craft everything from flirty warm-weather-ready cotton tunics to structured linen jackets for when the temperatures dip in the evenings.

…AND GENTLEMEN

Men’s shoes at The Somchai

Menswear at The Somchai

Inside another one of the city’s toniest malls, Central Embassy, you mustn’t miss multi-label concept shop Siwilai. The interiors—brought to life by the creatives at Yabu Pushelberg—are worth the trip alone, but the cleverly curated inventory of the world’s coolest clothing and accessories can demand hours of your time.

Of course, women can shop hard-to-find brands like Simone Rocha, sacai and Christopher Kane. But the menswear racks showcase some of the best shopping in Bangkok, such as Maison Kitsuné, Officine Générale and JW Anderson—equally coveted labels.

For refined, bespoke menswear, you’ll want to spend some time inside lifestyle emporium The Somchai for a shopping experience that teleports you to Italy. Start at Vero Trattoria & Bar for a sharp espresso and end at a retro barbershop on the third floor. In between, dedicate a couple of hours to mining the storefront for Europe’s dandiest pieces: eyewear from Nackymade, shirts from Finamore and handmade footwear from Saint Crispin’s are just some of the star items.

For those in need of an entire power wardrobe made to your measurements, local tailors are plentiful. Rajawongse Clothier, just five minutes away from Conrad Bangkok, comes with the concierge team’s highest praises. This tailor has been a go-to for visiting politicians and CEOs alike, thanks to the vast selection of textiles and the quality of the tailoring.

THE DETAILS

Signature Boyy bag

One of the biggest Thai labels to amass a global following is Patcharavipa, a line of fine jewelry sold in some of the world’s best boutiques, including Dover Street Market and Jeffrey. But a visit to the flagship location in Bangkok is a peerless shopping experience, starting with the minimalist interiors crafted by French architectural firm Ciguë, whose list of clients includes Isabel Marant and Kris van Assche.

Designer Patcharavipa Bodiratnangkura’s creations marry sophisticated materials like Siam gold, mother of pearl and diamonds with naturally rustic shapes for a totally alluring effect. For something with a truly personal touch, peruse pieces from the Antre collection, which are inspired by the drama of limestone caves and hidden hideaways. “Many of my childhood memories are of a time spent in caves which brought much tranquility to me,” Bodiratnangkura says.

Another homegrown accessories brand with an international following is Boyy, launched in New York in 2006, helmed by now-husband-and-wife team Jesse Dorsey and Wannasiri Kongman, a Bangkok native.

With four boutiques in the Thai capital, it’s not difficult to find the duo’s cool-girl leather purses and shoes. Boyy’s signature handbag, which comes in a variety of silhouettes and fabrications, is made with an eye-catching feature: an oversized buckle sure to elevate any outfit.

THE DÉCOR

Outdoor décor from the Jim Thompson Thai Silk Shop

In the neighborhood of Chareon Krung, fashion vet Mook Attakanwong (whose résumé includes stints at Opening Ceremony and Narciso Rodriguez) and her sister Cher Attakanwong operate the recently opened ATT 19.

Located inside an old Chinese school, this is your one-stop destination for all things cool and current. You’ll shop for hours, browsing vintage clothing from all over the world, fabulous ceramics from Japan and works from emerging Thai artists that make for perfect souvenirs. The sisters’ father himself crafts architectural reclaimed wood tables and chairs.

Some of the merchandise is so rare, made by artisans who are so under the radar, they can’t be Googled. “Most of our products do not typically have brands, as they are all one-off vintage and antique pieces,” Mook explains. “They are one-of-a-kind, historical finds.”

And, of course, no shopping trip to Bangkok is complete without popping into the Jim Thompson Thai Silk Shop, a name famed for bringing Thailand’s silk industry to the masses. While the silk blouses, ties and scarves will demand your attention, the home décor items are no less impressive. Embroidered cushion covers in striking Thai motifs (lush tropical scenes and animal illustrations), woven placemats and colorful blankets are just a few of the items worth picking up in bulk to take home.

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