Back to ClassicsWritten by Hive Life
Black Amber is cultivating the gentleman culture on the busy streets of Bangkok by bringing back grooming techniques for men who appreciate the finer things in life.
Calling Black Amber a barber shop would be an understatement. It’s an enterprise aimed at ingraining and procuring a gentleman culture; a trip back in time by people who appreciate old-fashioned manners and values, and embrace the jazz age, cigars and whisky.
With a background in design and hospitality, Chavin Nantaterm best known as Kwan, founded Black Amber Barber to pursue his dream of spotlighting the overlooked art of classic grooming. Always ready to pamper their customers with a high level of care, this barber shop provides far more than just a simple cut and shave – customers can sample a beautiful collection of whiskeys while their barbers get to work.
They attract a diverse crowd of old and young gentleman, as well as foreigners and locals. Across the road is Black Amber’s Social Club, where more whisky is served. It has a smooth, speakeasy 1920’s ambience, and improvised rhythms and sounds ring throughout the venue as jazz performances play long into the night.
Their social media provides a peek into the ingenuity of fashion, featuring images of chinos and dapper leather shoes, as well as advice on where to find such treasures around Bangkok. From it’s dark wooden cabinets, to it’s spiral staircase and elegantly-uniformed barbers, stepping into Black Amber Barber will make you feel like you’ve been sent back to the rustic golden ages.
“The old-fashioned is now the new modern,” Kwan muses.
Address:Thonglor soi 5-7 Bangkok Thailand 10110
Written by Kahm Jiamjarupa