Behind the label: Ake Ake
Who started it? Ake Ake is the brainchild of Bangkok-born Ake Kittiraweechot, who tapped his family’s history in the silversmith trade to create a jewellery label founded on traditional craftsmanship. The designer splits his time between his hometown and London, and Ake Ake’s aesthetic is clearly marked with historical European influences – think King Arthur or fifth-century Gaul.
Why we love it: with all the pieces made in Thailand, Ake Ake blends local handicraft techniques with gothic iconography. Ornate silver skull rings and leatherembellished wrist bands are standout pieces, and the label caters to our modern lifestyle, as seen in the stunning sterling-silver iPhone cases.
What we’d pick: we’ve fallen for the gold-plated iPhone case (top left; 4,900 baht/HK$1,160), which gives a medieval twist to our beloved mobile phone. The skull ring (right; 5,500 baht) is also outstanding and we love the blood red and silver Prophecy Stone bracelet (above left; 2,900 baht).