Name: The Gong Bang by Jiyeon

Address:  2F, 1/8 Sukhumvit Soi 49, Klongton-Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110 (2nd floor above Smith restaurant).

Website: http://www.thegongbang.org/

BTS: Thong Lo

Phone Number: 098 393 8499

Price: 1000 baht for a three hour tutorial (leather included, and you keep the bag)! Extras: Handle 100 baht, tassle 100 baht.

Opening Times: Wednesday to Sunday 10 am – 1pm then 2- 5pm

Tips: Ring in advance to book your session. Seats are limited to 8 people.

A perfect and crafty way to spend an afternoon is making your own luxury, leather clutch bag. The Gong Bang by Jiyeon will provide the leather and all the equipment you need, including a personal tutorial. No prior experience (or talent) is needed!

The Gong Bang by Jiyeon is located above Smiths restaurant on Sukhumvit soi 49 and run by Korean owners. In the entrance you will find a display of all the fine leather bags that you can make (some with a lot more time and practice). But for the 3 hour tutorial at 1000 baht you are limited to a simple, yet effective, clutch.

The tutors speak excellent English and are very helpful. We really appreciated that when we wanted to make slight changes to the original design of the bag or the colour they were very accommodating.

The workshop itself is clean and bright with a pleasant atmosphere. Aside from the 3 hour bag making workshop, people come to work on their own more complicated bag designs too.

The first step is to choose the colour of your leather exterior, colour of your zip and colour of your interior lining. To help you with this, samples are provided. If you are looking for a specific colour, you can bring your own leather too.

Next, the staff gather the materials you need and guide you  step by step through the process. You need to cut, glue, hammer and measure as instructed.

You are also shown how to use the sewing machine.

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You can personalise your bag with a tassle, handle or writing, or choose to stick to a more simple design.

Three hours later and after a lot of patience, blood, sweat, and talent your bag is finished and ready to take home. We’re already planning our next trip back to make some gifts for family and friends.