Bangkok fashion labels for men are growing in quality, confidence and scope. While it is still true that Thai designers draw inspiration from what is happening in the more established fashion capitals, many brands are now blending elements from around the world with styles of their own and a burgeoning fashion scene has established itself in the city. The wide range of styles draws in international interest, and shopping for local labels means that you are unlikely to spot your favourite shirt on the streets of London or New York. From market street stalls to glistening shopping malls, men’s fashion in Bangkok has never been so good. In our list we have an eclectic mix of our favourite places for men to shop in Bangkok.
Taking cues from the clean lines and bold colours of Korean fashion that has found favour across Asia and beyond, Dapper is a shining light of the men’s Bangkok fashion scene. Their range of formalwear straddles the line between business lunch and cocktail party, with sleek and shiny lapels and contrasting cuffs. Their casual line can be a little twee for westerners, but the shorts-shirt-and-dickie-bow look has been big in Bangkok for some time. Dapper are also renowned for their footwear and its possible to pick up a pair of leather slip-ons or brogues with signature touches for under 4000 baht. There are a growing number of Dapper stores opening up but the one in Central World stocks their full range.
- Location: Central World
- BTS: Chit Lom/Siam
Vanilla Gate Gala
This kooky and unique label sells custom T-shirts and scarves all designed by hand with empowering, compassionate and funny slogans. A crayon coloured dinosaur, an angel on your shoulder suggesting you “Pray More, Worry Less” or a simple HAPPINESS rendered in bright orange are just some of the offerings at this small stall in the monstrous Chatuchak Weekend Market. Business must be good because they have opened a second stall within Chatuchak and we can’t help feeling the step up to their own retail store is not far away. Bangkok is overrun with print tees but the designs at Vanilla Gate Gala are like nothing else we’ve seen and despite its diminutive size, it can be hard to narrow down your favourite designs to just two or three. Prices start from 400 baht and there are discounts if you buy more. It can be quite hard to find but if you can get hold of a map then head for Section 4 shop no. 053
- Location: Chatuchak Market
- BTS: Mo Chit
Independent fashion label and Bangkok fashion brand Painkiller has some real standout designs with a different theme for each season, such as ‘nautical’ or ‘harlequins’. They aren’t shy to mix abstract shapes and unusual materials for items that really stand out from the crowd. The style of Painkiller can best be described as eye-catching: reflective materials emblazoned onto jackets, tees and blazers, trousers that hand off the waist and grip the calf, and cute animal print T-shirts with bold colours. Everything they produce at Painkiller is released in small batches from their own workshop so you can be sure of something unique. Their one and only shop is located in the fashionable Siam Centre Shopping Mall in the Siam area of Bangkok.
- Location: Siam Center
- BTS: Siam
Thailand’s top rock band Big Ass is a brand ambassador for CPS Chaps and it’s the perfect match because this unisex label is known as a place for rockers: think drainpipe skinny jeans, ripped knees and checked shirts. You can also find chunky boots, trench coats with military touches, shirts with frayed hemlines and metal buttons and fitted leather jackets. This high street label has many branches throughout Bangkok and has seen steady growth, mainly due to their affordable denim line (you can pick up a pair of jeans are under 2000 baht), but their range of plaid fabrics is also popular. Two of the best outlets can be found in the fun concept mall Terminal 21 and trendy Siam Centre.
- Location: Terminal 21
- BTS: Asok
Nomad calls itself a Work Clothing and Leather Store, but it is much more than that. Their pragmatic clothes have a definite retro vibe running throughout the entire range of denim jackets, crafted fabrics, rucksacks and leather accessories. Come to Nomad to pick up some casual pants and shirts suitable for everyday wear with understated prints, tweed finishes and excellent workmanship for a touch of timeless style. Nomad have been costume designers for some of the biggest Thai pop artists and recently kitted out the whole band for Palmy, one of the biggest selling artists in Thailand. Nomad has two outlets: the flagship store in luxury shopping mall Siam Paragon and a second store at Mega Bangna in the suburbs of Bangkok, out towards the airport.
- Location: Siam Paragon
- BTS: Siam