[This story first appeared in Koktail Magazine Issue 3.]
How many times have you purchased a “trendy” piece of clothing only for it to collect dust at the back of your closet and then eventually be thrown out? Fast fashion is notorious for being environmentally damaging as well as unethical towards workers—not to mention the numerous counts of art theft that have been committed against smaller artists and business owners by fast fashion brands. This is not to say that everyone who shops fast fashion is evil, but if you can afford not to, the power to stop the vicious cycle is in your hands. And on that note, shopping vintage is one of the most sustainable and creative ways to refresh a wardrobe. Here are five of our favourite vintage stores in Bangkok that we recommend finding your next #ootd at.
Characterised by its army green storefront, Overall Days draws you in at first sight with its aesthetic window display. Inside, the shop is filled to the brim with antiques handpicked from the USA. From quirky little trinkets to unisex apparel ranging from the late 1800s to 1970s, this “vintage shop of your dreams” has something special for everyone.
29 Lan Luang Road
Open Friday 2-6pm, Sunday 1-6pm
Take a break from the modern hustle and bustle of Thonglor to visit The Vintage Store. True to its name, the boutique is a one-stop shop for timeless high fashion and luxury items. While this one’s on the pricier side, investing in timeless pieces is sometimes the most rewarding option in the long run. It also doesn’t hurt to just window shop for some fashion inspo!
88/36 Sukhumvit Soi 55
Open daily 11am-7pm
There are three words that perfectly capture the essence of Horse Unit: vintage, military, and workwear. Additionally, if you’re on the hunt for retro furniture, boiler suits, and industrial-inspired gear, Horse Unit has you covered there, too. This shop is a one-of-a-kind spot to discover nostalgic garments and miscellaneous decorations that tell tales from a forgotten time.
Warehouse No.4, Warehouse 30, Charoenkrung Soi 30
Open Thursday-Monday 11am-6pm
Antnest Market has the DNA of a classic American heartthrob’s wardrobe. The store offers a meticulously curated collection of old-school ‘fits ranging from varsity jackets, worn-in graphic tees, classic Levi’s, and other closet essentials that you shouldn’t miss out on.
1511, 68 Phahonyothin Road
Open Thursday-Sunday 1–8:30pm
A shop that will give you a blast from the past, The Trapeze Swinger Store has been selling old records and funky 1960s-1990s outfits since it opened in 2002. Prepare to browse through colourful vintage dresses, Aloha shirts, kooky jewellery, and the wonderfully unexpected.
15 Chana Songkhram Alley
Open Tuesday-Sunday noon-9pm