Clients’ Spot

 |  September 30, 2013

Fashion King

Looking for fashion that will make you feel like royalty? Fashion King Chiang Mai has come to be known as one of the best tailors in the business. They combine professional tailoring and authentic craftsmanship with the finest selection of over 500 high quality materials and fabrics. Choose from cashmere, gabardine, wool, mohair, linen, cotton, silk, and more. Made to measure clothing options include: men’s suits, trousers, tuxedos, coats, ladies’ suits, gowns, skirts, dresses, leather jackets and whatever else your heart desires. Fashion King offers the best tailoring, quality and service at very affordable prices to customers from all over the globe (even Iceland!). As soon as you meet owner Frank – who is friendly, skilled and knowledgeable with over 30 years of experience in the textile industry – you’ll know you’ve come to the right place. “I never push visitors who come to my shop,” he says. “Instead, I let them view the products for as long as they want and wait quietly for their query.” Refreshing, no? Now is your chance to pick up top quality, handmade clothing at a fraction of the cost you’d pay in the west, all the while receiving impeccable service from start to finish. Clothing plays a huge part in expressing your personality and in turn can have a serious impact on how you feel about yourself. Fashion King can help you look your best so you can feel your best.

Open daily 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. 

Kalare Shopping Centre, Chang Klan Road

081 928 4575 (Frank)

081 733 5914 (Vanita)

Sawang Optical

The perfect pair of glasses is not easy to find. But it’s important! There’s nothing worse than making a hasty purchase and then being forced to spend the next few years choosing between looking lame or being blind (take it from someone who learned this the hard way). Lucky for you, the fabulous Sawang Optical is here to save the day. Originally located in Koh Samui, Sawang is now settled into a prime Chiang Mai location on Nimmanhaemin. The shop sells only original eyewear from authorised dealers, so you can take your time browsing in a relaxed atmosphere, able to make your choice without feeling rushed or overwhelmed. The shop’s fixed prices also ensure that you will be getting your eyewear at a competitive rate – no need to barter. Indeed, Sawang Optical is so dedicated to making their customers feel comfortable and confident about their purchases that you may even be encouraged to check models and prices with other vendors before making your final choice. Sawang also provides free eye exams – including tests for cataracts and glaucoma – using only the latest, top quality equipment available. And for those who want to make a unique fashion statement, Sawang is the only optical retailer in Northern Thailand to custom design eyeglasses in various shapes (such as a star or even a jigsaw puzzle!) and engrave them with letters of the customer’s choosing, all at no additional cost. With every glasses purchase you will also receive a free glass cleaning and repair kit, complete with micro fiber cloth and screw driver. With over 40 years’ experience in the business and a commitment to top brands including Oakley, Miu Miu and Ray Ban, Sawang Optical is guaranteed to provide you with exactly what you need: good prices, good quality, good service and a cool pair of glasses that will make all your 20/20 friends jealous. 

Open daily, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Closed Sundays)

Nimmanhaemin Road, opposite Soi 1 

053 223 440 

Baanpong Lodge

Located in a rural village called Huay Laan and surrounded by lakes and mountains, lovely Baanpong perfectly combines lodge, pub and restaurant all in one place. Only 30 km from Chiang Mai Airport, here you will find luxurious loft-style bungalows among rice fields and tall palms where you can rest, eat, and drink. The beautifully appointed cosy loft apartments are air-conditioned and equipped with lightning speed wifi, and can accommodate up to a family of four, with downstairs living area and an upstairs, loft-style bedroom.  You can choose between one king size bed or two doubles, and every unit also contains a leather sofa that can double as a third bed. Hungry? Just walk over to the open air, jungle chic restaurant, where you can choose from a large menu of tasty Thai and western dishes made from only the freshest ingredients and served at quite reasonable prices. The rustic wooden pub is well-stocked with a variety of beers, spirits, cocktails and shooters, and the staff there is very attentive and friendly. Baanpong Lodge is the ultimate getaway from hectic city life. Here you can spend your days lounging at the swimming pool or exploring the beautiful surroundings. With a practically untouched landscape of mountains, lakes and jungles, Huay Laan is considered one of Northern Thailand’s hidden treasures, and is ripe for exploring. Best of all, Baanpong is now offering an excellent “Weekend Special” promotion, featuring two nights accommodation, including breakfast, for only 900 baht per person (kids under 12 stay free), valid until 30th November.

97 Moo 8, Tambon On Tai, San Kam Paeng

053 036 105, 087 509 5019

You & Home Living

Located inside the brand new Promenada Resort Mall, this chic new European lifestyle and fashion store brings the beauty of classic Dutch d?cor straight to your doorstep. Originating in Europe, You & Home Living was founded by Mr. Van Rijn and his wife Mrs. Van Der Lem, who opened their first store in central Holland. After spending many years travelling, the couple decided to branch out and bring their keen eye for style and love of refined antiques and affordable fashion to one of their favourite cities in Southeast Asia: Chiang Mai. From sea-green Indian armoires to exquisitely crafted Egyptian lamps to 300-year-old Dutch furniture pieces, You & Home Living has imported an array of top quality, handpicked treasures that will turn any room into a masterpiece (at a surprisingly great price). Aside from handcrafted stools, crocheted pillows and ornate mirrors, You & Home Living also offers a wide array of secondhand clothes, shoes and accessories from top designers such as Celine, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and many more, making it the perfect place for a day-long shopping spree. Tired of home goods? Time to check out the shoes! You & Home Living is truly a labour of love, and you can tell by the friendliness of the staff, who are more than happy to assist you with your choices. At You & Home Living, you can give your lifestyle the upgrade it deserves without breaking the bank. 

Open daily, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Promenada Resort Mall,  Building A Level 2 Rooms 19-21 and 76