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“GREAT ADDITION TO CHIANG MAI”

Cosmos - Where All Good Things Begin
Ranked #50 of 126 Shopping in Chiang Mai
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Cosmos – Where All Good Things Begin, the enchanting world of Chiang Mai's most unique gift shop. This charming boutique showcases works of a select group of artists and artisans. Find eclectic fashion accessories for men and women as well as exotic home furnishings from Thailand and around the world. Located on a quiet street in the popular Nimmanhaemin area, where coffee & dessert shops abound, be welcomed by Cosmos' little mascot, PiiMai, an adorable, "forever-a-puppy" Chorkie. Spend time browsing throughout two levels of this well-maintained house while listening to the sounds of lovely classical music or jazz. Among new and ever-changing merchandise you will find lovely textiles from Thailand, Laos and Japan, select artworks, handcrafted jewelry and extraordinary ethnic artifacts. Spotlighted foremost at Cosmos are American artist/designer, Howard Weiner, and his company brand, Kaleidoscarves™ – luxurious, artful, vibrantly-colored silk satin scarves. A select number of Howard's stunning kaleidoscopic designs in large-format, framed photographs are displayed and available. Cosmos is Chiang Mai's exclusive retailer representing Thai architect, Sujin Osatarayakul, and her brand, Good Job Company. Sujin's award-winning designs in leather and bycast leather are sold around the world and include cutting-edge handbags, shoulder bags, computer bags and personal accessories. The distinguished brand, Taty-Z, by Belarusian designer, Tatsiana Zakrevskaya, of South Africa, is featured with her locally made, elegant leather handbags and belts, many of which are one-of-a-kind, and her stylish, sporty canvas & leather bags and luggage. The work of Thai weaver, Atittaya Pimpad, is a highlight at Cosmos. Atittaya and her family harvest indigofera plants and bark from mango and neem trees surrounding their village and brew them into dyes of rich indigo blues and subtle tans, yellows and greens to color the cotton yarn used in her soft handwoven scarves. Once a year a small premium selection of weavings is offered – items made of cotton yarn hand-spun in the old tradition by Atittaya's mother, from plants grown and harvested by her as well. As the Chiang Mai distributor for Bambunique, Cosmos presents stunning contemporary bamboo furniture, beautifully crafted in a blend of Eurasian design by Thai designer Amonthep Kachanonda. Sofas, chairs, tables, desks, cabinets and more are among the collection. The talents and services of interior designer, Lance Kostrobala, are part of the appeal of this store as is the absolute art of flower arranging, custom designed to your order by Chai Somyana and his brand – C.S. Floral Design. Their combined skills add to the richness and top off all the distinctive collections at of this exceptional shop. At Cosmos, you will certainly begin seeing life through new eyes, in a wonderful new way.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator
Chiang Mai, Thailand
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59 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“GREAT ADDITION TO CHIANG MAI”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2014

A beautiful loving collection of things that cry out for you to take them home with you offered by a caring, knowledgeable team of owners. Add to this a fabulous flower shop. We had house guests that were kind enough to say thank you with flowers from Cosmo. The arrangement was so large it required two to bring it into our home and with a little care remained fresh looking for four weeks. We now highly recommend for your flower needs Cosmos is the only place. Thank you Cosmos for choosing Chiang Mai to settle in...we appreciate you

Visited January 2014
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ChiangMaiFoodmaven, Manager at Cosmos - Where All Good Things Begin, responded to this review, February 21, 2014
Thank you! Yes. We also have a floral division at Cosmos: CS Floral Design helmed by Chai and Lance. We love creating beautiful memories.
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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“Great place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2014

What I liked the most about Cosmos was the welcome in their lovely shop. Howard really took the time to introduce himself and create such a warm welcome that after 5 minutes, we felt like having a real friendly discussion about the beautiful articles they have in their shop. At the same time, he was letting us explore the shop as long as we want and as soon as we wanted to know more about the materials and the process of creation, Howard was here and obviously very enthusiastic about giving details etc. A real pleasure to visit this beautiful shop.

Visited February 2014
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ChiangMaiFoodmaven, Manager at Cosmos - Where All Good Things Begin, responded to this review, February 21, 2014
Such kind words. Thank you! We always hope that our store lives up to your expectations.
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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“Eclectic Delights in Store”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2014

A rare find in the trendy Nimmanheimen area is this store selling things not found in the usual shops nearby.

Beautifully decorated, this store is crammed full of eclectic "objets d'art", gathered from travels around the world by the owners. Also some more locally made new items, such as the luxurious collection of tatyZ designer handbags and luggage, and the fabulous "Kaleidoscarves"

Gifts and household decorations can be bought here at a budget to suit all pockets. All are high quality items to treasure.

No aggressive sales staff, a cold drink while we looked around, and credit cards accepted. Take a look if you are in the area.

Visited December 2013
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ChiangMaiFoodmaven, Manager at Cosmos - Where All Good Things Begin, responded to this review, February 21, 2014
Thank you so much!
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