We first met Phadet at the famous Weekend Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, Thailand!
First, a little history! The Chatuchak Market is the largest market in Thailand- it's original name was the Phahonyothin Market which opened in 1942. It was founded as a flea market in hopes that increased trade between each neighborhood would boost the local economy. Today it has over 15,000 stalls. When we walked through it the first time, over twenty years ago, we saw clothes, food, plants, antiques and everything else you could imagine being sold. Today, over 200,000 people visit the market every weekend.
If you get the chance to visit, it becomes more than just a shopping experience. It's a complete immersion into the local culture where you can meet people from all walks of life. We are fortunate enough to shop in stores, all over the world. In many of them, the artists who sew the clothes are sitting right there, crafting projects on site! It reminds us of what shopping experiences were before the modern mall became the norm for so many Western cultures.
Twenty years ago, while maneuvering through thousands of vendors, we were drawn to Phadet's shop because it was the calm amongst the chaos. His warm personality, neat display and vibrant designs won us over instantly.
What began with gestures and pointing at calculators, has turned into a supportive collaboration after twenty years of business together. We continue to find our best selling designs from his shop and our customers love his garments because of the fit, flare and flow!
You can shop all of Phadet's designs here!