Shopping in Chiang Mai is always fun, with the city considered a hub of Thai crafts and the number of artisan shops that make use of centuries old techniques impressive, whether you are looking for silks, organic clothing or fair-trade accessories. Not only do the boutiques focus on supporting local designers, they also create highly original, fashion forward pieces that will help you stand out from the crowd. Chiang Mai has always been known as a creative and imaginative place, and this is reflected in the shops and boutiques that line the lanes and alleyways. If you have tired of the usual t-shirts and replica labels at the Night Bazaar or are simply looking for something a little more unusual, check out five clothing stores in Chiang Mai that would keep any shopaholic happy.
Although Ginger is better known for its homeware and furniture, they have expanded to include some fabulous men’s, women’s and kidswear. They have kept their colourful edge in their clothing and accessories collection. The men’s selection includes some cool floral patterned shirts, funky ties and great totes decorated with embroidered insects. The colour palette ranges from deep greens to bold indigos with hints of mustard yellow. The kids section of the store looks like a candy-striped playroom with patchwork rucksacks and plenty of spots, stars and stripes. The women’s collection is split into clothing and an impressive accessories selection, with feathers, diamante and plenty of sparkles.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 22:00
- Address: 199 Moonmuang Road, T.Sriphum, A.Maung,Chiangmai
- Tel: +66(0)53 418 263
Tribal chic best describes the collection at Hilltribe House on Tha Pae Road. Although we love their original collection of traditional tribal clothing and accessories, we’re not sure if we could quite carry off the embroidered Yao tribe bib. However, the Inspired Collection uses the best of local crafts and reclaimed embroidery to create modern wearable pieces. After a browse through their rails we selected a theatrical black top with three quarter length sleeves in a dark grey and matching ribbon woven through a scoop neck (2,500 baht). If this feels a little too alternative for you there are plenty of classy accessories that offer a hint of local flavour, with some adorable embroidered mini shoulder bags and Lanna silver earrings.
- Address: 177 Thapae Road, Muang, Chiang Mai
- Tel: +66 (0)87 507 7908
Established in 2009, Mesimu is a Chiang Mai based brand than focuses on handmade bags and children’s clothing. One thing that helps them stand out from the crowd is their amazing fair and ethical policies which cover everything from the materials used to staff employment. Their bright green shop is located just off Nimmanhaemin Road and their collection has a Cath Kidston feel to it, with a lot less twee. Our favourite bag is the Joli shoulder handbag which comes in a variety of colours and prints, the faded navy and rose canvas printed version is a snip at 950 baht. We also adore the kids collection; a series of simple dresses in floral and dotted patterns and easily some of the most adorable baby shoes around – cotton mary janes with flexible leather soles.
- Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 10:30 – 20:00 Saturday and Sunday 11:00 – 20:00
- Address: 4-4/1 Nimmanhaemin Road, Chiang Mai 50200
What girl doesn’t love shoes? The collection here is beautiful, and what makes Palmy really stand out is that all the shoes are handmade, with leather as soft as butter and plenty of extra attention to detailing with buttons, bows and stitching. Palmy is originally from Chiang Mai but trained at the London College of Fashion before coming home to set up this cute boutique. All the shoes have names, and we adore the bang on-trend Velda, a snakeskin-inspire bronze slipper (2000 baht) and the casual Maci purple plum leather sandals with yellow piping. A pair of patent Magen black courts would be a fabulous addition to an evening outfit, with beautiful navy buttons down one side and a red leather sole.
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 21:00 daily
- Address: Nimmanheamin Rd soi 5 Chiang Mai
- Tel: +66 (0)8 14720607