There's no doubt about it: Bangkok is utopia for the fashion-obssesed. The city has a plethora of shops, boutiques and markets all catering to the clothes horse, shoe lover and bag-a-holic. From flea-market stalls to vintage stores to multi-brand boutiques, we list down the best shops in Siam, Thonglor, Chatuchak and beyond.
The best fashion shops in Bangkok
Liberty Area One, a hip multi-brand shop located in the heart of Ekamai, gathers together designs by new Thai brands and fashion students, as well as a smattering of pieces from imported brands and vintage clothing. Liberty Area One can be a great alternative if you’d rather not go to those jam-packed shopping centers.
Across from Ekkamai Shopping Mall, stands a group of rusty and cool and not-so-square buildings that contain shops selling vintage goods and a nice cafe. On the left side is a store selling various kinds of vintage women’s shoes and leather goods. For men? Go straight to the one in the middle. It sells good-quality clothing and accessories. The café, meanwhile, sits on the right.
Vintage clothing shop, Was Were Will, reflects the owner’s neatly selected garment collections – Japanese-style retro pieces that are simple-looking yet cleverly tailored and rich in detail. Zakka-style clothing, suitable for Thailand’s never-ending summers, is also available.
No, it has nothing to do with wrestling. WWA is a multi-brand store situated in Siam Square that also features a little café in one corner. Unconventional, unique designer brands like Anti Utopia, Curated by Ek Thongprasert, The Alchemists and an eponymous clothing line are all brought together here. Cozy sofas and armchairs covered in black fabric stand beside nice, wooden tables. Just like the shop’s decor, the food at the café is simple but cool. A traditional English dish, Toasted Welsh Rarebit, featuring sweet pickled peppers, pickled peaches and rocket salad, is brought to Bangkok by an amazing English chef. But the menu highlight is a wide range of desserts, from brioches and parfaits to the signature WWA Apple Tart.
Street-style clothing shop, Cocue, has everything you need to deck out in cool fashions from head to toe. The shop sells second-hand items from Korea and Japan, most of them simple piece that are easy to match with anything. Add layers to your look with the accessories they also have here. All in all, Cocue won’t let you down.
Standing amongst the pad Thai stalls, bars and guesthouses on Ram Butri Road is a small and hip vintage shop called the Trapeze Swingers. The two-story store is packed with vintage items for both men and women. Browse through cool shirts vintage T-shirts, unique wallet-friendly faded jeans, and a pretty impressive CD and vinyl collection.