I didn’t know Jim Thompson at first, but my companions thought it would be cool to visit its factory outlet since we were already in Thailand.
Good thing we did. Since it was only after we visited when I realized Jim Thompson is really a big deal there!
Well if you don’t know who Jim Thompson is – he was an American businessman who helped revitalized the Thai silk industry in Thailand. He was so successful in doing so that he eventually helped a lot of poor Thai people out of poverty. Unfortunately, he mysteriously disappeared in 1967 with no clue at all. Nevertheless, the Thai industry remained on its peak and has become part of the Thai culture, while Jim Thompson was considered a hero to the local people.
Jim Thompson have many retail stores on his name scattered all over Thailand and in the whole world. His name became the standard of high-end fabrics, starting from the time Thai silk was used for the Rodgers and Hammerstein Musical, The Kind and I. He has a foundation under his name, his house was turned into a museum and to make it more accessible to the public, they even opened up factory sales outlets for their expensive fabrics!
It’s all over Thailand but we went into the one in Sukhumvit Soi 93. It has five storeys with the fifth floor containing a cozy cafe. Each floor contains different items for sale.
Even though it’s a factory outlet, they were still really nice and formal so taking photos or videos were completely forbidden. We did sneak in some snapshots here and there to show you guys how it looks like.
Jim Thompson Factory Sales Outlet is at
153 Soi Sukhumvit 93, Bangchak,Phakanong, Bangkok 10260
Tel: 02-332-6530-4, 02-742-4601-3 Ext 11-13
Opening hours: 09.00 am. – 06.00 pm.