Our recent buying trip...
Words: Tara Bennett
I recently went on a trip to Thailand to source some new and exciting things for our latest Provider collection. Along the travels I met some incredibly talented people, bought too much vintage and visited my father (who lives over there).
I started the trip visiting my dad in Pattaya, which is not my favourite part of Thailand but it’s good for a cocktail and some family time. Although my dad doesn’t really understand the whole homewares-making thing, he was still incredibly helpful and excited when we found a Thai flea market close by his house. At one point he was in a big pile of copper and brass, pulling things out like old pots and jars.
Next I booked myself into a hotel in Bangkok and found an incredible café called Casa Lapin. They have two in the city and not only was the layout top notch, the coffee was 5 star and they sold Co-Incidence homewares - I could instantly see my baggage weight increasing. Out the front of this café was a little florist run out of a green house.
I then found my way to Cone Number 9, which was conveniently placed next to Blue Dye Café. I found this gem on Instagram (thanks internet) and basically bought 5kgs worth of ceramics and also an indigo dyed blanket from Africa. I highly recommend you stop by on your next trip. The lovely girl who started Cone Number 9 is super talented and her boyfriend who runs the Blue Dye had impeccable style.
On the last day I went to JJ market where I did a little cheeky shopping for myself (think vintage Levis, Barbour, denim bucket hats and my trendy hand sewn apron that appears in my Instagram feed). I also stopped by the lovely ladies who hand carve our spoons and salt pigs from wood.
With 30 kgs of luggage packed, a half hearted tan and a full belly, it was time to leave.
Our Bangkok recommendations:
Casa Lapin x 26
For a phenomenal coffee drinking experience.
- Khlong Tan, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110
Blue Dye Café
For a tasty lunch and indigo dyed blankets, boro kimonos, a collection of jewellery, shoes and random pieces of Supreme.
- 10110, 40/1 Soi Sukhumvit 36, Khlong Tan, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110
Cone Number 9
For your dose of hand made ceramics and to meet the maker yourself.
- Next door to Blue Dye Cafe
Even though in Thailand wine is not their strong point, at Quince you can find yourself an incredible drop and also a meal that ticks all the boxes.
- Sukhumvit Soi 45, Bangkok, 10110
Sing Sing Theatre
Located next to Quince, this bar was like nothing I had seen (no wonder they have won design awards). My Old Fashion was delivered in a bird cage on a stick.
- Soi Sukhumvit 45, Bangkok 10110
For those who want a nice G&T or a beer, WTF has cool vibes and super friendly staff.
- 7 Sukhumvit Soi 51, Bangkok, 10270
Emquartier Shopping centre
Think Comme Des Garcons, Rag & Bone, Bape, Beams and Porter to get your denim dose, Emquatier was probably one of the best shopping centres I had stepped foot in. The air con helps.
- 651, Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
With a cool cafe on one side and a shop on the other, be prepared to go broke with Onion's collection of streetwear brands like Orslow, Norse Projects and Doek. They also have a pretty cool range of Patagonia fleece vests and some unique Thai brands.
- 19/12 Ekamai12 Road, Klongton-Nua Wattana, Bangkok, 10310