As we prepare to enter a new year, several changes are starting to emerge—including a glimpse into what the fashion world has in store for us this 2019. Among the brands beginning their foray into the future is Jim Thompson, with the recent unveil of the much-awaited Jim Thompson Spring/Summer 2019 collection.
What to expect? Adventurous, brave and alluring, Jim Thompson SS19 is a bold twist on the brand’s classic approach to Thai silk. The collection contains three ‘Chapters’ that takes the audience on ‘A Mysterious Journey’. True to Jim Thompson, this upcoming drop is more than a series of new clothes and accessories—each chapter is an experience, complete with a curated set of cocktails and divine bites that reflect the meaning behind each design, fully immersing audiences into Jim Thompson’s world.
Chapter 1: ‘An Epic and Mysterious Journey’ on an Enchanted and Mythical Path
With vivid colours, exquisite prints and embroidery, the first chapter of the collection is inspired by the sea. The chapter began when a 16th century trade map—the ‘Cart du Royaume of Siam’ was discovered in the James H.W. Thompson Foundation’s archive.
Like the map, which depicts lush landscapes embraced by rivers and the sea, designs feature a palette of vibrant blue hues and elegant patterns. Forms, prints and designs tell the tale of Ramayana’s ‘Suphanna-Matcha’—the story of a mermaid princess who tries to foil Hanuman’s plans but ends up falling in love with him instead. The chapter is paired with a signature blue cocktail called Into The Ocean.
Chapter 2: Tracing ‘Jim Thompson’s Emblematic Journey’
Contrasting from the first chapter of cool hues, chapter two is warm and fiery, exploring various possibilities in the art of silk weaving. Expect exquisite ikat and jacquards, transformed into ready-to-wear pieces.
From trench coats to kimonos in womenswear, and an array of elegant shirts and suits in the men’s line, the second chapter is a reflection of the ‘South East Asian treasures’. A cocktail called the Bombyx Elixr—representing the journey of Jim Thompson through Thai silk—completes the chapter’s experience.
Chapter 3: Into the ‘Journey as Traveller’
For the final chapter, Jim Thompson presents a variety of rich patterns and hues, from lavish leaves to tropical flower designs. Keep an eye out for forms that blend bold and brave with daring sophistication, including silk pyjamas adorned with striking prints. The Thompson Heaven cocktail perfectly complements the chapter.
A reminder of days spent exploring islands and watching the sun go down, the finale in Jim Thompson’s Spring/Summer 2019 reminisces on old adventures, while instilling a sense of wanderlust for the journeys that are yet to come.
Scroll through the gallery to see all the looks from Jim Thompson Spring/Summer 2019. The collection will be available in all Jim Thompson stores from February onwards. In the meantime, explore the collections currently available at jimthompson.com