The bustling Thonglor precinct may be known as one of Bangkok’s most trendsetting and entertaining areas. However, just down the street, Ekkamai is currently stealing the limelight thanks to its mix of emerging shopping opportunities and fun after-work hangouts. Booming nightlife and fresh dining concepts aside, shopping in Ekkamai spoils you with everything from vintage goods to knickknacks, multi-brand boutiques to even a fashion café for a quick cuppa. Get to know our top six shopping spots in this guide to shopping in Ekkamai, Bangkok.
Wooden knickknacks and fashion accessories
Mink is a curious shop and café that offers everything from adorable knickknacks, wooden furniture and home accessories to stationery, polaroids and fashion accessories. The little café, on the other hand, serves little pick-me-ups like drinks and homemade pastries. The homewares shop also offers woodworking workshops for enthusiasts.
A multi-label shop that dares to be different
This multi-brand shop dares to be different with a curated selection of the coolest brands from around the globe. Those with an eccentric taste in fashion would particularly have a liking to this boutique – designs from up and coming Thai brands and pieces from fashion students and vintage clothing are some notable staples here.
A fashion café for everyone
One Ounce for Onion may be popularly known as a café serving freshly brewed bean from Brave Roasters but this shop has much more to offer. Owned by the guitarist from the indie rock band, Slur, the fashion café is home to fashion accessories like a diverse selection of stylish eyewear and preppy fashion accessories, just to name a few.
Minimalist pieces made with traditional craftsmanship and hand-woven techniques
An amalgam of products from Thai designers gather at Swimmy, a minimalist fashion boutique at Ekkamai Street. What’s special about this shop is that all products are sourced from various outlets including Facebook, Instagram, the popular Chatuchak Market and Chiang Mai. Pay heed to naturally dyed and hand woven apparel and traditionally crafted products.
Vintage goods and a quaint cafe
A 10-minute walk from Ekkamai BTS will take you to (Un) Fashion Vintage Collection, a quaint space that carries vintage goods and nibbles. If vintage artefacts, leather products, and items imported from Japan, USA and Italy get your shopping senses tickled, this is the place for you.
Vintage accessories, retro clothing and a barber
Not for the faint hearted shopper, VTG. Shop is a mini emporium for vintage and retro clothing and accessories; a treasure trove of timeless men’s fashion products and even a personal barber for a quick trim. Think out-of-the-world designs, graphic tees and even some memorabilia in the mix. Scouring through its wide-ranging mix may be no easy feat but rest assured you’ll find a piece to take home.
Shopping in Ekkamai, Bangkok
Other than the magnum opus that is Chatuchak Market, the streets of Bangkok are also sprawling with fabulous homewares. We’ve assembled an eclectic mix of homeware stores for every style. This guide to homewares in Bangkok has everything from luxurious fragrances, traditional woven rugs, luxurious decorative pieces to shabby-chic vintage curios. Are you ready for a little home makeover? We sure are!
Aromatic essential oils and everyday homewares
A concept store that needs no introduction, Everyday by Karmakamet has been raved about for its Instagram-worthy façade and café cum lifestyle store concept. This quaint store offers a wide-ranging mix of aromatic essential oils as well as a cheeky and fun version of everyday home items like tableware, and soft furnishings. After a dose of shopping, head to their café for a fresh cuppa.
Go back in time – a couple of centuries to be specific – at Machine Age Workshop. The warehouse is brimming with fascinating oddities and curiosities – much like a museum. The folks at MAW specialise in recycling and repurposing iconic artefacts from the late 1800s to mid-1900s. Feast your eyes on collectable vintage fishing lures, 1920s metal American family scales, a classic Victorian sink, vintage glass and tableware and industrial metal tool cabinets – just some of the many interesting gems we encountered.
Traditional woven textiles
PDM Brand is a textile cum homewares store that designs and produces textiles and furniture. The brand’s accent explains the quality of simple and unique design. Encounter a diverse selection of floor mats made with various traditional weaving methods (woven from recycled plastic). Some mats even boast two colour-ways or patterns on both sides so you can switch them up for a quick revamp.
A touch of luxury
If you possess an acquired taste for luxury items, you will adore this store. Quattro Design houses an ensemble of finely crafted homewares like animal and aquatic motifs, decorative trays, candle holders, pots, vases and collectables – carefully chosen by leading manufacturers from around the globe. Notable brands include PRizmic & Brill, Schema, Creatively Active Minds, Kenneth Cobonpue and Eichholtz.
Fragrances from Beijing, Mumbai, Singapore and more
Stunning fragrances that transport you to Beijing, Mumbai, Singapore and Kobe? Yes please. Vuudh is a contemporary fragrance brand that is inspired by the travels and memories of each city. The fragrances are named after each city and include killer combinations like lemongrass & lavender, orange & jasmine, and sandalwood & orange blossom. You can’t leave the store without a decorative diffuser. Vuudh boasts a mix of elegant pieces but it is the Immortality Diffuser, which caught our eye.
Homewares in Bangkok
We’ve already established that Bangkok is nothing short of shopping opportunities for women. Every corner of a street is filled with endless choices for the discerning shopaholic. But where does one begin? In this guide to Women’s fashion in Bangkok, we hone in on an eclectic mix of preppy styles, edgy Avant-garde pieces, and glamorous looks – fit for every mood and manner – all scattered around the bustling streets of Thong Lor, Siam Square and Siam Centre. Put on your best shopping attire and join us in this adventure to Women’s Fashion in Bangkok!
Bold Avant-garde pieces
From her humble beginnings as a noodle seller, founder Anchalee Vikasidnakhakun took quite a turn when she decided to dip her feet into the fashion industry. We’re sure glad she did. A combination of college fashion and pin up style, her pieces are bold, punctuating her emphasis on stitching, pattern and cut. The store’s interior resembles that of a gothic cathedral; somewhat a reflection of her Avant-garde inspired pieces. It comes as no surprise that her style heroes are within the likes of Roberto Cavalli, Jean Paul Gaultier and the late Alexander McQueen.
Edgy meets preppy
One part understated and one part conceptual cool, Dusk till Dawn is where you’ll find wearable art. Product designer turned fashion designer, Pimnutchaya Liptawat, hones in on simple designs with classic colours and matching prints. Loose fitting tops in muted tones, edgy details and sharp tailoring is what you’ll notice – and love – about their pieces. A definite must-visit if you’re all for unconventional yet understated fashion.
High fashion with a friendly price tag
Located at the very trendy Ei8ht Thonglor, Exhibit is a treat to all fashionistas in the making. From pin-up style to lace, be sure to find pieces clad in intricate cuts and irresistible lace patterns. The store also doubles up as a retail and exhibition space that showcases couture creations by new talent of the local and international fashion worlds. Be sure to check out their structure faux leather jackets, lace bunny sneakers (for a fun twist to your classic look), and a bevvy of lace items. This is high fashion meets low budget.
Distinct prints and patterns
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If you are all for delightfully casual wears made by local designers, you wouldn’t want to miss Himma. The quaint boutique is brimming with fun and vibrant fashion wears and accessories that take you through day and night. Expect a bounty of details, unexpected hints of colour and distinct prints and patterns.
Loud and bold statement pieces
A playground for everything playful and whimsical, Kloset is the result of the quirky designs by Mollika Ruangkritya. This women’s fashion boutique is nothing short of over-the-top tropical prints and daring patterns. It’s latest spring/summer 2016 collection; Woman on the Moon portrays the life of a Tahitian lady. Expect nothing but bold summer hues, fun embroidery and prints. If you’re looking to amp your style with statement pieces, Kloset sure does hit the mark.
Ready-to-wear modern glamour styles
If it’s elegant and classy store interior does not reel you in, we don’t know what will. Architecture graduate-turned-design Chavanon Caisiri has a knack for effortlessly blending minimal fashion with feminine designs. The result is a collection of ready-to-wear choices that are apt for casual cocktail parties to extravagant galas. “A contemporary interpretation of the dress-making tradition” is what sums up the strikingly modern style of POEM.
GUIDE TO WOMEN’S FASHION IN BANGKOK