I recently had the opportunity to vist the shop Take5 in Bangkok; a denim paradise and a must-stop for denim geeks who visit Thailand. We had previously reviewed Take5 Hong Kong and this shop is another piece of proof for the denim popularity in Southern Asia.
Despite the hot weather in Thailand not sounding all that appealing for raw denim, heavy denim jeans enjoy an upswing popularity between young and not so young local middle class. It makes you wonder how they can endure days of 30C using denim of 16oz. and up. Real denim lovers? Well, this shop is the confirmation that there are real denim lovers in Bangkok.
Raw denim here is easy to spot; you just have to stand in any of the many malls that populate this city to understand how massive the trend is, particularly skinny jeans which seem the most popular choice. Young Thai boys are experiencing a growing love for Americana.
Take5 Bangkok recently jumped on top of the denim wave and positioned themselves straight on the highest level, selling brands like Samurai, The Flat Head, Iron Heart, Studio D’artisan, Momotaro, Denime, Dry Bones, Sugar Cane, Long Wolf and a long et cetera list.
Leather goods from Red Moon are also to be found mixed with fine silverware (another current popular Asian trend), denim related magazines, collector toys and accesories.
Take5 have also recently taking initiative in the denim market producing collaborations with a variety of different denim brands. At the time when we visited we saw collaborations with The Flat Head, Samurai, Studio D’artisan and Warehouse.
They also have their own denim line, Take5 Original Jeans, from where the latest version is the T5-003, a 160z. jean which is designed after the popular Momotaro 0701, using the same Okayama Japanese denim.
The staff know and love their work. Even though just one of them was able to speak English, the Asiatic hospitality was always there. The knowledge of denim was easy to see also. Advice about what to buy and what not to buy was almost a philosophy: “Do not buy a brand just because your friend have it, buy what it fits you better,” not just a sales man behind the counter, but a good denim advisor.
An added bonus of Take5, if you buy a pair of jeans, they also offer a chainstitching service using a old Union Special, a job they are keen to do in front of you. If you are planning for your next holidays to visit any of the paradisiacal beaches in Thailand, stop in Bangkok and give Take5 a visit, you wont regret it.
258/8-10,2/F, Lido Theater, Saim Square
Soi 3, Bangkok, Thailand