Jim Thompson is a well-known Thai textile brand, with several branches throughout the country. Thompson, an American businessman who mysteriously disappeared in the Malaysian highlands in 1967, almost singlehandedly resurrected the Thai silk industry after World War II. His legacy, in the form of colourful and high-end silk shops and boutiques, is a must-visit when you're in Thailand.

    A Jim Thompson outlet is located in Central Phuket Floresta. It occupies a large air-conditioned shop on the first floor, with attractive window displays and well-spaced cabinets. There are some others around the island, including one in Jungceylon in Patong and another at the airport, but the Central branch is the biggest.

    What to buy at Jim Thompson Store

    Besides silk, the Jim Thompson Store offers a wide range of goods. You can find quality linen and cotton wear, as well as knick-knacks for children and furniture. Most shoppers head straight for the ‘new arrivals’ section, where there are colourful textile shopping bags, leather wallets, silk scarves, ornamental toy elephants, and handkerchiefs. Next to this section are rows of silk ties, ranging from conservative office wear to casual and creative designs.

    Highlights of Jim Thompson Store in Phuket

    Popular items for men include linen baggy pants, Irish linen shirts, and fine silk boxer shorts. Several colours of ladies’ kimonos and cotton wraps are available at the next display. The Jim Thompson Store also stocks toddler outfits, as well as several shades of kaftans and wraps. Bags, purses, and accessories for ladies are available as well.

    Jim Thompson Store in Phuket

    Location: 1st floor, Central Phuket Floresta, 199 Moo 4, Wichit, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10.30am to 9pm

    Phone: +66 (0)76 249 616

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