Bangkok – Treasures Vintage Store Owner, Vinita Tejapaibul’s Bangkok

 

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Vinita Tejapaibul or Nita as she is affectionately known to friends, is the founder of Treasures, a luxury vintage boutique based in Bangkok, Thailand that opened early 2016. The ex-fashion buyer for high-end labels frequently scours the globe to curate unique items for her store. Expect the most intricate lace pieces, stunning 1920s dresses and sequinned jackets from her travels. “You never know what you’re looking for or what you’ll find, every time it’s a new treasure hunt,” she shares.

Tell us about what started this love affair with fashion.
During my final year studying architecture at Chulalongkorn University, I took a course on Fashion and Architecture. It happened when I was living in Paris at that time. That’s when I realised my passion. After graduating, I started as an assistant buyer for Club21, managing brands like Lanvin, Alexander McQueen, and Club21 Accessories. Later, I was offered am amazing opportunity to help start a multilabel company called Exhibit Co. with Anna (the founder of Exhibit).

What inspired you to start your own vintage collection and boutique? 
I was fascinated by the quality of vintage clothing, the handiwork of each piece. I wanted something more than high-end fashion. With vintage, I feel like I give life back to something that has been thrown away or forgotten. Every piece has its own beauty but not everybody sees it. So when someone wears a piece they’ve found in my store and falls in love with it, I believe every vintage piece is waiting for his/her owner to return.

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What does a typical day for you look like….
The minute I wake up I drink a liter of room temperature water, I either meditate or do yoga, take a shower, and have a cup of tea as I get ready. I’m usually at Treasures twice a week. Other days I spend the time redesigning the new vintage arrivals with my tailoring team.

Favourite type of tea…
Masala Chai tea, I love the aroma it takes your mind to another location. I take tea just the way it is, hot with no sugar nor milk added.

How would you describe your personal style…
Smokey eye, levis, and a pair of killer shoes. I’ll always have a unique vintage piece in hand, something that I feel it can’t be found anywhere else. It’s not about being on top of the trend, it’s about wearing something that gives you confidence. That’s my personal style. Simple, sophisticated, and unique.

Your most treasured vintage piece in your wardrobe is…
My grandma’s golden cuff bracelet from the 1960s. It doesn’t have a brand yet it never seems to go out of trend. It’s a classic that everyone today is so inspired to design.

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Why did you choose to open your shop at The Commons in Thonglo?
I like the warmness this community mall delivers. It is not your typical department store and doesn’t target the mainstream market, it’s a little hideaway in the city for those looking for a slower lifestyle.

Which part of Bangkok do you live in?
I live in Payathai, it’s very close to the King’s Palace.

Favourite spot to go to near home is…
Q&A, a little hidden speakeasy bar in Asoke. The atmosphere, the drinks, the exclusivity is a great way to treat yourself at the end of the day.

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What are your favourite cultural spots for inspiration?
The temples of Thailand for sure. Wat Phra Kaew, also known as the Grand Palace is my hideaway. Look at the wall paintings where it tells the epic story known as Ramakien, see the various infrastructures and the different types of architecture put together inside the four walls. As an architecture graduate, every touch of Wat Phra Kaew inspires me, from the small details to the layout of the palace itself that is related to the study of cosmology.

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The Grand Palace

Your favourite Thai designer is…
Stretsis. I admire them for their creation. They create this amazing new hyper-reality for every collection. 

Favourite spa…
Divana Spa, a little escape in the city.

Favourite hotel…
If I’m in Bangkok then it must be The Mandarin Oriental, the hospitality, the originality, something so humble yet classy and beautiful about this hotel. If outside then The Naka, Phuket. The exclusivity of each villa, with a pool and a bedroom that over looks the entire Andaman ocean is breathtaking.

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Dream vacation destination…
Spain. I want to visit the local culture and the festivals.

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Thank you Nita for the lovely interview and sharing your Bangkok recommendations. For one-of-a-kind vintage clothing and accessories, visit Treasures at:

The Commons Sukhumvit 55 (Thonglor 17) Klongtun Nua, Wattana
Bangkok, Thailand
Tel: +66 84 665 5626