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Bangkok Shopping: Buying Leather

Bangkok is a good place to buy leather goods. Not only do you get a wide range of different leathers here (including common ostrich, shark, stingray, alligator, snake, calf, lamb, sea snake and more and so on). But you also have excellent craftsmen and -women here who know how to handle it and produce high-quality leather products.

Many of our clients come to Bangkok to buy leather. One of the most popular shops is called Tony Leather – and it’s true that they have quality goods. However, they are not one of our favorites, mainly for two reasons: you can get considerably superior quality for the same price in other places if you know where to shop, and second: they are so popular that they seem to care very little about individual customer satisfaction.

Whereas other shops go out of their way to provide the customer with the products they want, we repeatedly witnessed how the staff there was rather indifferent and uncooperative. However, let’s not get all these stories out. If you need good quality and don’t mind paying more, Tony leather is still a good address.

If you have a little more time on hand, there are other places though. The Chaoroen Krung Road has many leather supply stores, and some of them really good, both in terms of quality and the value that you get for your money. Plus, the service is friendly and attentive.

You can also find several vendors who sell leather goods in Bangkok’s famous weekend market, the Chatuchak market (also known as Jatujak market or JJ market). This one is located at the BTS station Mo Chit, and you can go there Saturday and Sunday. Best time to go from 10 am – 4 pm. However, be prepared for a labyrinth – there are literally thousands of vendors and stalls, and it can be challenging to find your way around there.

Smaller local markets that cater mainly to Thais often do not have leather goods, or only a very limited selection. This is mainly because of the lack of purchasing power – the people who frequent these markets are budget-conscious, and prefer to buy cheap imitation leather that looks like real than spend more money on genuine leather.

You can also find leather goods in shopping malls, but for high prices.

An exception are some stalls in the Platinum mall in Pratunam, where you can also buy leather wholesale.

Whether you want bags, wallets, shoes, boots, accessories, leatherwear, you find it all.

You can also get custom-made leather goods, including fancy things like golf bags, briefcases, leather wine cases and so on. And of course: a leather case for your iPhone 😉

If you want to go on a shopping spree during your Bangkok sightseeing trip, or need a local shopping assistant who can help you to locate the best sources for your needs, as always, feel free to contact us with your requests.

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  • Amy Wang April 19, 2011, 9:36 am

    hi there, i’m in koh samui right now returning to bangkok on friday april 22
    would like to know some suggestions for leather shopping
    look to buy a nice croc leather bag in black

  • The Bangkokian Dude April 20, 2011, 12:05 am

    Hi Amy,

    I sent you an email 🙂

  • Fatima May 9, 2011, 12:20 am

    Hy!! I have my one handbag design company back in Argentina. Right now I’m living in Singapore but I often fly to BKK. I would like to produce leather handbags there and then ship them back to my country. Any suggestions on where to by the leather, zippers, and all the nessesary materials for producing?? To you have any idea on how to contact with workshops that know how to create the handbag from scratch? I need some help!! Thanks, cheers! Fatima

  • wawiwa February 6, 2012, 4:05 pm

    Hi, thanks for the article!

    I have made some designs for board games (backgammon etc.) and am looking for a place in BKK that could make it for me, and high quality would be important. Do you have any suggestions?

    • The Bangkokian Dude February 6, 2012, 11:30 pm

      do you want to make the games just for yourself to play, or do you want to produce larger quantities to sell them?

  • KD March 19, 2012, 6:28 am

    I don’t agree with your assessment of Tony Leather. I have had a number of pairs of boots made there and they have ALWAYS catered to my specific needs. Perhaps I was lucky, but I think it is best for one to strike up a conversation with the people in the shop and let them know what you want. I am willing to bet that they will bend over backwards to satisfy you.

    • The Bangkokian Dude April 9, 2012, 9:34 pm

      Hi KD,
      thanks for sharing your positive experience with Tony Leather. I’m sure many people are satisfied with their service, otherwise they wouldn’t be in business for so long, but my own experiences weren’t good.

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