One trip to Bangkok and you’ll see how stylish the city slickers are. Whether its an urban style or a timeless attire, the Thais really know how to make a statement with their fashion. Plus they stay close to home by smartly utilising locally made textiles and dyes for their collection so fashionistas can bring with them a piece of Thailand in their clothes.
Craftsmanship, durability and a timeless style pretty much sum up the W’menswear brand. Their garments are cut and design in a way that is reminiscent to the minimalist styles of Japan fashion with a hint of French chicness. Featuring casual yet cool pieces, designer and blogger Lauren Yates really takes the time to produce clothes that are high in quality.
This is evident in her fabric choices which are sourced from parts like Northern Thailand, India and Western Japan. These slow-woven textiles of neutral hue are beautifully crafted into crop jackets, Bermuda shorts and maxi dresses suitable for working women who don’t mind getting their hands dirty. We love her use of linens, shaped into wrap dresses and one-piece jumpers that can be the ultimate effortless wardrobe staple without ever going out of style.
Where To Get It:
The coolest of headgear like the revived trend of the bucket hat or the classic straw fedora are given a fresh sophisticated take thanks to Bangkok brand Palini. Though they dabble into clothes, their hats are the main star of the collection. Palini mixes the influence of western and Asian culture for some swanky headgear splattered in tropical patterns.
Their bucket hats are made from aloha shirts from Europe with bright motifs of palm trees, flowers and ocean waves. A specific hat pattern is limited as the materials are a rare find so expect only one or two pieces per tropical pattern. They are made in Thailand and would make a stylish gift from the country of smiles.
The Fedora hat is another favourite, made from Japanese paper braid in colours of beige, brown and black. It is even foldable for easy storage inside one’s luggage bag without compromising its original shape.
Where To Get It:
Greyhound, Siam Paragon | The Selected, Siam Center | Roseman Club, Emquartier
A proud Thailand brand, Parissara takes traditionally-made Thai materials and designing them into cool contemporary designs. They try to support local producers because they believe in the value of Thai fabrics and the craftsmanship that goes behind it. Parissara’s use of hand-woven textiles stained using natural dyes also make the collection a sustainable one.
The result is an airy yet elegant line in natural colours of vanilla and white. Kaftans with fringed hems and v-neck collars evoke casual island life, perfect to be paired with Greek sandals or even tennis shoes. While their tie-front robe kaftans are great covers over bikinis. Besides earth tones, the only pop of colour comes in a deep shade of indigo that is synonymous with the fabric dye culture of Thailand. The ‘Origin’ line is definitely a sexy yet understated collection that is wearable for everyday on top of promoting the importance of eco-fashion.
Where To Get It:
Available online at www.parissara.com and selected shop hotels like at Trisara Phuket
Words by Aishah Azali