Art and craftmanship blended seamlessly
Back in the day when Jirawat Khamprom was taking a materials science course at university during his sophomore year, the charm of leather left such a strong impression onhim that he turned his passion into a career in artisan leathercraftsmanship. After years of trial and error, he finally launched his own label, Jirawat Leather Goods, in 2013.
Located on the second floor of the bike café Aran Bicicletta, Jirawat’s boutique has a welcoming atmosphere. The blended scents of leather and glue combine with soft tapping sounds as this master leatherworker labours over his creations at his wooden desk. Most of the leather goods available in the shop are meticulously handcrafted by the young owner himself. Cutting, dyeing, and stitching are what he has been perfecting for almost a decade, and his leather goods exhibit a contemporary style that borrows design elements from Thai culture, mixed in with Jirawat’s own style—a pairing that makes the brand even more recognizable.
Those who love the art and craft of leather will admire the high quality animal hides used in the manufacture of this innovative product line. The signature Utility Bifold Wallet, for instance, is all the rage in Thailand and internationally. Expertly crafted from Japanese vegetable tanned leather, this wallet features six interior card slots, one large pocket for cash, and two side pockets. The same goes for the Middle Wallet, made from Italian vegetable tanned leather, but it has six more card slots and two large pockets for banknotes.
Inspired by the authentic Thai way of life along the river, Jirawat has just introduced his latest collection, entitled Into the Woods. It integrates the naturalness of wood with the art of leather craftsmanship in a truly distinctive way. This exclusive collection includes three different items—the Wood Duffle Bag, Wood Clutch Bag, and Wood Tote Bag—all available in burgundy and black. Shoppers should also check out his leather accessories, such the handsewn glasses case and the carefully designed money clip. There are also items that mingle brass with the leather, including belts, snap wallets, and key rings.
Customers are also allowed to customize their own products. There are plenty of colours, designs, and different kinds of leather to choose from—calf, alligator, python, you name it—and the brand even provides stamping services for customers who want to make the products personal, or give them as a present to others. Moreover, Jirawat is offering a lifetime warranty for all the purchased items, meaning you can send them back either for repairing or cleansing at no cost at all.
Jirawat meshes design and function seamlessly, putting his heart and soul into crafting each item. To see and feel the goods in person visit the Jirawat Leather Goods studio, or check out the Pursuit Store at Siam Discovery. And follow the store’s Facebook page for news of upcoming leather workshops. By Pongphop Songsiriarcha
Jirawat Leather Goods
2F Aran Bicicletta Café
128/10 Phahonyothin 2
Tel: 080 037 8877
Open daily: 10am-8pm