Kenzo x H&M to hit stores on 3 Nov
Designer collaborations have become much-awaited events at H&M. Fashionistas on a budget will practically do anything to grab high-fashion pieces at fast-fashion prices. Previous collaborations with designers and fashion houses like Karl Lagerfeld, Lanvin, Maison Martin Margiela, Alexander Wang and Balmain sold out in a flash. This year the Swedish retail giant teams up with Paris-based fashion label Kenzo on a collection that sees the latter’s creative directors, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, reinterpreting some of the brand’s most iconic prints and designs originally developed by its founder, Kenzo Takada. Kenzo x H&M will hit select H&M stores on 3 November.
Meet the Boys of Bangkok
Maybe it was fate that brought them together. Leisure Project, P.Mith and Q Design & Play are three of the best-selling local menswear brands in Siam Center. And the masterminds and designers behind each brand have teamed up to take their designs farther. Nattapon Kanokvaleewong, Praphat Somboonsitti, Ek Treechairusmee, Pakphum Mithranon and Anapat Thanakitpathompon came together in the collective goal of bringing Thai fashion to the global stage. The three brands have joined hands, naming themselves Boys of Bangkok. “It’s good that we all have different styles; it shows that there’s more possibility to play in men’s fashion,” cites Leisure Project’s Nattapon. Boys of Bangkok debuted as a group at Harbin Fashion Week earlier this year, surprising Chinese buyers and fashionistas with their innovative designs and cutting-edge fashion. Last month, they kicked off their local debut with a fashion show featuring their fall/winter collections at W Hotel Bangkok. The front row was packed with celebrities and the collections received rave reviews. Maybe people have said it right: it’s better together. Q Design and Play (est. 2010) A fashion brand for fun and daring boys. Praphat Somboonsitti and Ek Treechairusmee express their fun, humorous and sarcastic inclinations through the use of various, even experimental, materials and techniques. www.qdesignandplay.com P. Mith (est. 2012) Two BBFs, Pakphum Mithranon and Anapat Thanakitpathompong, have turned their passion for subt
Issey Miyake adds W Automatic to its watch collection
Designer Satoshi Wada adds a new design to the watch collection he has been producing with Issey Miyake over the last few years. The 45-mm, stainless-steel Issey Miyake W Automatic is inspired by elements from Mother Nature and is presented in two colors: Smart Black and Sleek Silver. Prices are ฿35,900-42,900. Available at leading watch stores. More information 02 163 0555 Trocadero Time/Issey Miyake
Disaya opens new flagship store at Groove@CentralWorld
Award-winning fashion designer and businesswoman, Disaya Sorakraikittikul, has unveiled a new store for her namesake powerhouse brand, Disaya, at Groove@CentralWorld. Launched with the hashtag #disayaculture, this new shop, designed by celebrated architect Duangrit Bunnag and his team, isn’t just a new retail space but a dressing room where Disaya women can come and have a 360-degree Disaya experience that includes fashion pieces, curated decorative items and special music playlists.
Kiehl's loves Bangkok
Kiehl's loves Bangkok so much that the Big Mango is one of the cities the skincare brand has chosen to be part of its Kiehl's Loves Cities campaign, alongside Tokyo, Madrid, Hong Kong, Seoul and Sydney. The New York-born brand has refashioned the packaging of some of its best-selling items with special-edition illustrations that embrace key elements of New York and each chosen city. The Bangkok edition, basically, includes some of the city’s most iconic features such as the tuk-tuk, The New York-born brand has refashioned the packaging of some of its best-selling items with special-edition illustrations that embrace key elements of New York and each chosen city. The Bangkok edition, basically, includes some of the city’s most iconic features such as the tuk-tuk, Wat Arun, and the Chakri Maha Prasat Hall. These limited-edition Kiehl's Loves Bangkok products are available from 1 October onwards. Watch out for a special Kiehl's truck that will be driving around Bangkok from 4 to 11 October (see locations below) to tage advantage of a 10% discount. The special-edition items are: Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner Alcohol-Free, B1,500/250ml, 2,700/500ml Ultra Facial Cream, B1,400/50ml Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque, B1,250/125ml Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, B1,400/14ml Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash, B1,150/230ml More info: www.kiehls.co.th
The best shops in Bangkok
Q Design & Play
A fashion brand for fun and daring boys. Praphat Somboonsitti and Ek Treechairusmee express their fun, humorous and sarcastic inclinations through the use of various, even experimental, materials and techniques.
Local eyewear label Rosemanclub has ditched its original location in Sam Yam for a new, larger space in Sukhumvit Soi 31. Set behind a leafy façade and within a modern industrial architecture, the brand’s new flagship store showcases Rosemanclub’s complete eyewear collection as well as selected bags and apparel curated by its creative directors. A portrait of His Majesty King Bhumibol, which everyone remembers from the first store, is also reproduced here
Rabrabhi Lekponlakan, Puri Tiyapongpitak, Nattawut Puriwath and Trin Chanchaiprasong It was art that connected Rabrabhi Lekponlakan, Puri Tiyapongpitak, Nattawut Puriwath and Trin Chanchaiprason. That and an unwavering interest for unconventional fashion. “Carbon is a substance that is so versatile. It can become a diamond, or it could become charcoal,” says Trin, a stylist and the brand’s main designer. “Its this versatility that represents the core concept of our brand.” The four friends started the brand two years ago, taking charge of everything from designing the first collection to shooting the lookbook. It was this cutting edge lookbook that gained attention for the brand. Carbon’s first collection was well-received by the press and fashion cognoscenti and was featured in many Thai and foreign fashion portals. Sales were promising as well, boosting the possibilities for the small online shop. Carbon’s seminal collection also attracted merchandiser attention; the brand has been retailing at Gin and Milk at Siam Center since its second collection. At first glance, Carbon looks no different from any other minimalist fashion brand. But a closer look would reveal intricate details and sophisticated silhouettes. “Carbon is a minimalist brand with a twist of deconstruction,” Trin says. “It may look simple, but I would say it’s difficult to carry our total look. We emphasize functionality. However, we try to distort regular proportions— and I think that’s what excites peopl
Vinn ‘Champ’ Chokkhatiwat and Patararin ‘Fon’ Pongprasit An abstract conversation between the two strangers in Paris soon developed into a partnership in Thailand. This isn’t your typical love story. Rather, it’s the story of how designers Vinn “Champ” Chokkhatiwat and Patararin “Fon” Pongprasit came together to create their shared fashion label Vinn Patararin. It’s also the story of how two talented designers are using the skills they picked up abroad to transform Bangkok’s fashion scene. Champ was taking up his masters in Design and Contemporary Technology École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle (ENSCI–Les Ateliers) in Paris when he met Fon. “We were both in the same group of Thais in France. We went to see exhibitions together and would always exchange ideas,” he recounts. “We both felt a connection so we decided to work together on a fashion project.” The duo had so much faith in the potential of their work that they submitted the collection to Copenhagen Fashion Week 2013. The bold move earned them accreditation as one of show’s “rising stars.” A showing at Paris Fashion Week followed two months later. From there, Fon, who has an interest in remodelling traditional costumes, did her internship at haute couture house Azzedine Alaia while Champ went to do his internship at Iris van Herpen. Here he learned more about the global fashion industry and different experimental techniques, and found his feet firmly on the ground. “I learned that contemporary artist
Chalita Hongsakul and Ornwassa Siamseranee MBA classmates Chalita ‘Pink’ Hongsakul and Ornwassa ‘Ob’ Siamseranee decided to quit their jobs as lucrative management consultants to become sportswear designers for their own label Wakingbee. The idea for the brand was sparked when both partners, once busy office workers who would go to the gym in their free time, realized that there were very limited sportswear options for women in the city. Neither Pink nor Ob have a background in fashion, but they made Wakingbee happen by focusing on what women need from their gymwear. “Fashion is something we can add in after working out function,” says Pink. “We want to create sportswear that makes women feel beautiful and confident. The name Wakingbee is inspired by the bee, which is a very active animal. We want our clothing to push women to live an active lifestyle.” “We blend function with femininity,” Pink continues. “For example, in our 2016 spring/summer collection, we had our sport bras and leggings stamped with soft watercolor-inspired prints.” Though launched only one and a half year ago, Wakingbee has broken into fast-fashion territory. “Our clients are now aware that people recognize if they wear the same outfit to the gym,” says Ob. “So now we work on six collections a year: three main collections with 20 designs each and three supplement collections with 10 designs each.” Their next step is to get Wakingbee recognized not only in Thailand but in other countries in Asia
The best music shops in Bangkok
One of Siam Square’s legendary spots, DJ Siam, has been popular for more than 20 years. It’s one of the coolest places to go get your music at Siam. They have a variety of music by Thai and international artists as well as some non-mainstream, indie bands (just like killing two birds with one stone). Kinda cool, isn’t it?
There is no place like Doreme. Dubbed as “Siam Square’s music library,” the shop is an amazing storage of international music. The owner is super cool and very passionate about music – she would have all the answers to your questions. What more could you want?
Hidden in the heart of Siam Square, the Park@Siam brings a touch of nature to city living. If you are tired of window-shopping at the mall, try strolling around here. The park is quite small, but size doesn’t matter, right?
Browsing through for your favorite Vinyls and CDs, Zugrangma offers the classics from 1950-1980’s including the local folk songs and all sort of international music. DJ Maft Sai, the owner, put in the effort to find even the very rare Jamaican, South African, and Asian sounds that you can only discover here.