Nearing gifting season, we round-up the best jewellery, bags, and lifestyle accessories by Thai designers you’ll find at ICONCRAFT, located on the fourth and fifth floor of ICONSIAM, and the third floor of Siam Discovery.
‘Tis nearly the season to be jolly, and for many of us, that means it’s time to start gift-shopping. For those who are looking for something that is at once meaningful and extraordinary, it might be a good idea to turn towards the creative and cultural — namely, Thai Designers. A scene that has grown considerably as of late, we’re seeing a fascinating number of local creatives set on bringing back the mesmerising charms of local handicraft and traditional techniques, all with a modern twist.
Of course, the best place to find these locally-inspired brands — from up-and-coming labels to long-standing names — is ICONCRAFT, ICONSIAM and Siam Discovery’s hub for creativity, culture, and unique experiences. Here we round up the must-have accessories, bags, and lifestyle items from ICONCRAFT’s Accessories & Style selection.
If you’re looking for a special gift, or a memorable little totem for yourself, head straight for Sanyaluck. The brainchild of Jittama “Jan” Wattanasin and Natjala “Nat” Paitoon, who both shared a love for Thai culture, the jewellery line is known for intricate, handcrafted designs that celebrate the charms of the Thai alphabet. Created to help bring out a unique expression of self, the brand’s first collection Pa-Yan-Cha-Na pays homage to all 44 letters of the Thai alphabet, offering beautifully textured gold jewellery that can symbolise a wearers’ name — and along with it, a bold sense of individuality.
At 247 Studio, you’ll find two main groups of products — you have jewellery, and then you’ve got lifestyle pieces. From extraordinarily detailed earrings, bracelets and the like, to lifestyle products that can easily be adapted to everyday life, the brand shines through its innovative use of materials and techniques, as well as a strong partnership with local artisans, who spend days perfecting each of the handcrafted masterpieces. Expect a line of products that pays homage to Thailand’s creative cultural heritage, from beautifully woven bags, to striking accessories.
Offering absolutely dreamy accessories that are at once charming, and offer more than meets the eye, Agape Handicraft takes its name from an ancient term that signifies pure love. Combining the designers’ love for beautiful, happy jewellery, each design has its own charisma, placing emphasis on the natural beauty of the gemstones they feature. Combined with the colours of the raw materials, each piece shines with its own individual significance, for accessories that are simple, long-lasting, and ideal for all occasions.
For oriental-inspired jewellery with a touch of detailed minimalism, 99th aims to provide wearers with accessories that cultivate self-confidence, by being both aesthetically-striking, and also serving as charms to bring good fortune. Created like personal amulets, the pieces shine with a contemporary flair, serving as stylish pieces of wearable art. Each of the pieces is especially engraved with “99th” — a nod to what is traditionally considered to be the angel guardian number, which is believed to bring success, progress, and mindful clarity.
The brainchild of two sisters, Masa Handcraft offers exquisitely designed bags that are at once versatile, and beautifully stylish. An ideal choice for those who love totes, or are simply in search of a go-to everyday bag, the designs are carefully handwoven by local handicraft communities, using fabrics from different provinces across the country. Supporting local artisans, each bag design features a unique fabric cutting technique to create fresh new colours and contrasting hues for eye-catching and unique results.
If you’re looking for an eye-catching, culturally-rooted statement piece, this is the brand for you. Known for beautifully vibrant, handmade Thai silk handbags, PAVA follows an “Urban Majestic” concept, drawing from the confident, refined and dauntless charms of career ladies in New York. Woven out of Thai silk, each bag is carefully made by local artisans with decades of expertise, and is supported by the Foundation of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of Thailand. Each piece has been fashionably designed, coming with playful detailing and intricate gimmicks that show a different approach to Thailand’s silk culture, resulting in a line of accessories that’s perfect for the modern-day woman who shines with confidence, capability, and grace.
Perfect for the vibrant and creative woman who isn’t afraid to express herself, Mook V bags draw inspiration from the various colours and textures encountered by artist-designer Ploenchan “Mook” Vinyaratn as she travels the world. Much like portable art pieces, each design is filled with soul, and created in such a way that they can complete any outfit, yet at the same time, draw out a distinct, unique sense of you. Defined by Mook’s flair for hand weave techniques and embroidery, expect an ever-evolving line, and lifestyle items that are incredibly versatile and practical, yet catching the eye.
V by Sritavie
Offering a modern reinterpretation of traditional jewellery, V by Sritavie is the recently launched sister brand of Sritavie — a name reputed for its stunning expression of Thai antique jewellery. With V by Sritavie, local Thai craftsmanship is given a sell, contemporary twist for a result that is at once unique, simple, and incredibly alluring. Chic with a touch of Thai roots, each gem makes its own statement and shines with special meaning — perfect for wearers looking for a subtle shine.
Offering a refreshingly unique approach to jewellery, Nādh pays homage to the ancient craft technique of iridescent beetle-wings, practiced traditionally in Asia. Centuries ago, iridescent beetle-wings were believed to be filled with life, and represented compassion, vibrance, and integrity. In Thailand, beetle-wings drawn from wood-boring beetles would be used to decorate clothes and jewels for members of the Royal court — using only, of course, beetles that died of natural causes. Today, Nādh brings back this fascinating tradition, with a line of contemporary designs that are strikingly bright and wholly unique.
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