The best shops in Bangkok
One size doesn’t fit all is the inevitable truth, which is why custom-made eyewear may be the answer for those who can’t seem to find frames that perfectly fit their faces. Let us introduce you to Arty&Fern, probably the only made-to-order eyewear maker in Bangkok. Partners in love and business, graphic designer Aniknun “Fern” Eiamong and advertising creative Chanakan “Art” Ukosakul founded their namesake eyewear brand in 2013. Arty&Fern eyewear uses only the finest materials, from cellulose acetate that’s flexible and durable to high-quality joints and nose pads. The atelier accepts only advanced reservations so they can focus on each customer and guarantee a certain modicum of privacy. After acquiring the customer’s requirements and measurements, the duo will work on the designs, which will be submitted to the client for approval, before Art starts crafting the glasses by hand, a process that could take from 10 to 15 days. All in all, the whole process will likely take a month and will cost you around B12,000 apiece. If you’d rather not wait but still want a piece from Arty&Fern, the designer duo also has a sunglasses collection inspired by Siamese cats, which now retails at Siam Center.
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?
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.