Despite Bangkok being well-known as a shopping destination, only those in the know are aware of the city’s reputation as a place to find second hand bags: from collector’s item one-of-a-kinds to classic vintage from names such as Chanel, YSL, Dior and Louis Vuitton. From the exterior these little boutiques may not look like much, but anyone with an expert eye for fashion will recognise the handbags and clutches that hide behind the glass, protected from the touch of mere mortals. Of course these second hand designer bags are the real deal, so don’t expect to pick one up for a few thousand baht... In fact if the price seems too good to be true, it could be that the item isn’t real either! We’ve tracked down five second hand bag stores in Bangkok that you can trust, that come with a good reputation and a great range of goods.
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With locations in Siam Square and Central Rama 9, Lena the BrandName House is well-regarded by connoisseurs of designer handbags, watches and accessories. We checked out the Siam Square store, because the area is far more fun to shop in, even if it is a little less air-conditioned than the mall. We were very impressed with the brands on offer, with Louis Vuitton coming top of the pack in terms of variety and selection. Whether you want the traditional canvas bags, or the famous vernis, LV fans will be in monogrammed heaven. The stock has a high turnover because it is well known for offering great value bags. Knowledgeable fashionistas will speak to Tid, the owner, and reserve the items that are due in store over the next few weeks. Don’t worry though, there’s so much here that it’s almost impossible to walk away empty handed.
- Opening Hours: 11:30 until 20:30 daily
- BTS: Siam
- Address: Siam Sqaure Soi 11, Rama 1 Road
- Tel: +66 (0)878746665
This is a second hand leather store with a bit of different take, because not all the bags here are from well-known designers. In fact, most of them are obscure names or brands that no longer exist, with some of the items on display deserving of the shop’s moniker. My favourite thing about this shop is that every week, you could find an amazing surprise here, an old style doctor’s bag from the 70s, a suede shopper from Prada that probably hasn’t been seen on anyone’s arms for years and a cute Gucci clutch from a few seasons ago. The collection is sourced from Japan, Europe and right here in Thailand, so you are guaranteed to find a wide range of goodies. The store is split in two, one section is dedicated to men’s clothes and bags (although if ladies are looking for a more satchel type of bag, it is worth having a rummage here as well) and the other to women’s. Alongside the bags you will find shoes, scarves and a small selection of accessories.
- Opening Hours: 12:00 -21:00 Everyday
- BTS: Ekkamai
- Address: Sukhumvit 63 soi 10
- Tel: 02-7269592
This bag shop doesn’t have a name outside, but let’s be honest, it doesn’t really need one. Items in the windows are displayed more like artefacts in a museum, and to anyone who loves designer handbags it is a real feast for the eyes. Some of our favourite bags that were artfully arranged in the main window included a bold Chanel cushioned bag in primary colours, a Philip Lim mini and a fabulous collection of earrings, cuffs and scarves from well-known fashion houses. Once you get inside, the shop is bright and airy with a high ceiling and shelves lined with bags in all different shapes and sizes. The team here are friendly and know their designers well. Some of the bags are brand new, so be sure to ask to see the second hand and vintage bags which are much more affordable.
- BTS: Thong Lor
- Address: Market Place Thonglor Soi 4, Sukhumvit 55, Bangkok, Thailand 10110
- Tel: +66 (0)819337400
Perched on the Louis XIV inspired sofa at the centre of this impeccably displayed bag shop you will find the owner of Labellist Bangkok, a friendly lady who has a passion for bags, in particular the Hermes Kelly and Birkin, hard to find names that people have known to fight over in the past. New arrivals come in weekly, often at the request of her regular clients, so don’t be surprised to see things that are beyond your price range on display. This is also one of the few places in town that we have spotted Mulberry bags. Our favourite picks from our last trip here include a sky blue YSL Muse bag in perfect condition and a slouchy second hand Chloe Bay bag in tan from the Spring/Summer 2007 collection. It remains a classic and is practical yet chic at the same time.
- BTS: Ari
- Address: 1st Floor, La Villa, Phahon Yothin Road
- Tel: +66 (0)86 971198
Lux Bangkok second hand bag boutique has two locations: their flagship is located at Interchange Building, close to the MRT at Sukhumvit and the BTS at Asoke, and the other near Chatuchak Weekend Market, at the Metromall in Kamphaeng MRT station. The owners started the shop because of their own passion for designer handbags. Once their own wardrobes were full, they wanted to share their knowledge and connections with the rest of Bangkok. Their range covers pre-owned, vintage and even the occasional collectible high fashion bag. The bags here are some of the best designer bargains you can find around the city. More unusual brands stocked here include Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Westwood and Miu Miu. Prices for a small bag start at 6,000 baht.
- Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 11:00 – 19:00, closed on weekends
- MRT: Sukhumvit
- BTS: Asoke
- Address: Lux, Exchange Tower, Asok Junction, Sukhumvit Road