Jim Thompson: King of silk

Jim Thompson: King of silk

If the legend doesn't lure you in, the stylish silk fashions most certainly will
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Jim Thompson House
Bangkok's legendary tourist trap, the Jim Thompson House.

The legend of Jim Thompson is outlined in every Thailand guidebook, while the iconic brand’s products are in 13 shops around Bangkok, not including two factory outlets.

But a trip to Bangkok without stepping into one of the Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company shops is like going to New York and not visiting Saks Fifth Avenue. Famed for its high quality fabrics, home décor, clothing and purses, the silk brand recently spread its wings to create a string of cafes and bars, as well as books. 

For the true experience, head for the historic Jim Thompson House and learn about the brand’s mysterious namesake, an American who gained worldwide recognition for rebuilding the Thai silk industry before disappearing in the Malaysian jungle in 1967.

Take the tour, buy the purse. Just like everybody else.