Fruit? No. Footwear!
The design DNA of a foreign city can leave a powerful impression, and so striking was the colour, vivacity and simplicity of new-wave Tokyo fashion design to then business student Silratth Sukwatthanasiri that upon his return to Bangkok, his goal was set – he would launch a footwear brand that was classic but on-trend, and above all, comfortable.
Teaming with friends Jirarot Pojanavaraphan and Tomoya Ono, Sukwatthanasiri launched Mango Mojito as a single stall at now-defunct Suan Lum Night Bazaar, where so brisk was the take-up, and so popular the brand that in just two years the team joined with design director Phatthara Lertsukittipongsam and, before you can even shout ‘Tod’s’, opened a full-fledged store in Bangkok’s Siam Square Soi 2, with a range of stock also on the shelves at department stores Central Chid Lom and Siam Paragon.
And what a range it is. With 15 styles to choose from, all handmade in Thailand from premium calfskin, the selection includes classic boots, ‘pre-loved’ distressed boat shoes, moccasins, brogues and penny loafers, plus a spot-on selection of up-to-the-moment ‘chukka’ ankle boots in Lincoln green, black, grey and eye-popping mandarin orange.
Nippon-esque and youthful the styling and aesthetic may be, but the cut is generous and comfortable – no nipped heels or cramped toes here – and from this month on, a 3-week bespoke service will be available (shoes can be mailed internationally), meaning you now have multiple leather and colour palettes to choose from, including a seductive navy, mauve, burgundy and buff. Our favourite? The signature loafer in mustard yellow - smart and simple. Anyone for a mango mojito?