Terminal 21 offers some of the best shopping in the city with hundreds of funky boutiques under one roof and floors themed around some of the coolest cities in the world. The mall is purposefully decked out like an airport, with a huge glass frontage and escalators that whisk you up to ‘departures’. Each floor has a different focus. Starting on the ground floor you will find the Caribbean, which is filled by food, cafes and a gourmet supermarket; head up to Rome and Paris for well-known brands such as H&M, Nike and Body Shop. Tokyo on the second floor is filled with hip women’s clothing, London is mainly cutting-edge men’s apparel and Istanbul is accessory and shoe heaven. With plenty of great independent boutiques, you might not have the time to rifle through every rack, so we have selected five of our favourite stores in Terminal 21 that we think are definitely worth a browse.
Tiger Seven and Mini Mani
This small, grey-fronted shop takes window dressing as seriously as their stylish garments. Selling a range of women’s and children’s-wear on the Tokyo floor, everything had been designed by the owner, who also decorates her walls with comic book sketches. For grown-ups the collection is a mix of great basic items in nautical stripes, spots and block colour, as well as some more daring floral prints. We love their rose printed cropped trousers and knee-length halter neck dresses that come in red gingham or flower-patterns. The collection changes frequently, so it’s a great place to visit if you are looking for limited collections. Their Mini Mani collection is adorable and incorporates similar fabrics. Any mother who hates frilly girl’s clothes will adore their chic collection, with polka dot bloomers and bright yellow or green embroidered skirts.
- Location: Tokyo Floor, shop number 1002
Named after the designers’ favourite breed, this accessories shop on the Istanbul floor is the brainchild of Supreeya Kulthaveesup and her husband who came up with this great leather range when they couldn’t find items that fitted in with their eco lifestyle. The beautiful leather covered notebooks, laptop cases and key chains in simple sleek design and natural colours are perfect for anyone who appreciates style as much as functionality, and it’s not just us that think so, they have also picked up a handful of international design awards. In continuing with their back-to-nature theme they also stock beautiful E+M wooden stationary; polished wood that makes writing with an oak tree branch seem cool. A butter soft folding wallet retails at 1280 baht, a neoprene and leather laptop case at 1990 baht and covered sketchbooks start at 590 baht.
- Location: Istanbul Floor
A Pick Me Up
There is no way of avoiding this T-shirt shop on the London floor of Terminal 21. Bold and colourful, the yellow rubber ducky signage glows as brightly as some of the prints on the shirts. They have taken their theme and ran with it, with no signs of losing steam. The concept is simple: cotton tees emblazoned with puns and a simple repeated duck design under different guises. Cute and comical designs include Ducky Gaga, Duck Vador, Duck na tuk tuk, Duckman and Vooduck. T-shirts come in mens, womens and kids sizes. If a life-sized duck on your shirt is a little too much, then check out their men’s polo shirts and women’s shorts. These have tiny embroidered ducks on that are both charming and subtle.
- Location: London Floor
Sugar and Cream
Terminal 21 isn’t just about new and upcoming designers; they also have a handful of vintage shops. My favourite by far is Sugar and Cream, who also have branch in Siam Square. The Terminal 21 branch is stuffed full of goodies, plenty of dresses, hats and accessories from across Asia and Europe. We love their Mad Men inspired selection of 60s style belted dresses, and we’d like to think we can carry off the 80s denim look as well as Madonna did back in the day. Be sure to rummage through their basket of bags and clutches, sometimes the best items here are not on display. Staff are friendly and the cost of vintage clothing a lot lower than in Europe or Australia, with items starting at around 250 baht. What’s more, you’ll be walking away with a unique piece.
- Location: Tokyo Floor Shop Number 1095
If you don’t have time to have a dress made but you want to get your hands on some Bangkok style tailoring then check out Poem on the Paris floor. Their ready to wear collection is chic and romantic, pieces that wouldn’t look out of place on the banks of the River Seine. Their focus is on feminine skirts and one of the best series of blouses I have ever seen, think classic Audrey Hepburn and you’re pretty much there. The feminine, slim fit shirts come in different styles, short or long sleeved, contrasting buttons and even with pretty bows. Their full skirts – either belted or again with bows – stick to a subtle palette of dove grey, blush pink and cream. Our personal Poem must have is their collection of little black dresses, classic with a twist.
- Location: Paris