Samui Wining & Dining
Chandra Boutique’s elegant garments really are timelessly classic.

Chandra Boutique’s elegant garments really are timelessly classic.Since the first Chandra Boutique opened at the end of 2003, Barak and Dana, the owners and designers, have been creating elegantly exotic, unique and stylish garments made from amazing high quality, sought after fabrics, and sewn by expert craftsmen and women from around the world.


Couple this with the warm and friendly store environment and helpful English speaking staff, and it’s no surprise that they have regular local and visiting customers that keep going back to their shops time and time again.


The dynamic duo travel tirelessly around the world in search of fabrics to complement their unique and fun, yet sophisticated and classy designs. Preferred textiles are natural cotton, rayon and silk, which enable them to expertly bring light and airy, exotic and sexy, yet ultimately comfortable and wearable (especially in a hot climate) clothing, to Samui.


Dana designs the women’s collection, and has a special talent for composing new and interesting ranges together with a wide selection of accessories. She currently favours the latest prints from India. Think of soft floaty little numbers with bold or delicate jewellery, scarves, bags, belts, sandals and even hand-held fans. Or distinctive bikinis and underwear with very differing cuts, designs and materials.


Barak designs the menswear collection which includes shirts, trousers, ties and T-shirts, allowing men to look stylish and effortlessly cool, whatever the temperature. He favours a natural colour scheme but adds the occasional, more adventurous prints for those wanting something a bit different.


Every piece has been lovingly devised and tailored to create the classy, exotic look that speaks volumes of the Chandra love affair with Asia.


There are two Chandra Boutiques along Chaweng Beach Road on Samui. One is directly opposite Pizza Company, near McDonalds, and the other is opposite Tai by Red Snapper, near Starbucks outside Central Festival Shopping Mall.


There are often different collections in each store, and the menswear in currently only found in the second store. It’s definitely worth the five-minute walk between them to experience the full Chandra ‘wow factor’. There is also a third store in Phuket, with a second planned to open in the New Year.


Thirteen lucky years later, with a continually growing regular customer base, Barak and Dana definitely know how to match their design ideas to customer requirements!


 Karan Ladd


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