But then Purisa ‘Minnie’ Hengtrakulsin is no ordinary youngster. Incredibly, this little lady is already an established designer of fashion clothes for children with ten collections to her credit under her own well-known brand ‘Purisa Glitzy.’
So how did she become such a fan of Coco Chanel, France’s legendary fashion designer, especially as she passed away some four decades before Minnie was born? “My mum and dad took me to a book fair when I was seven years old and I came across a book about Coco Chanel, and I loved it,” explained Minnie in her self-taught flawless English. “I read that book many times and loved all of Coco’s designs, and I decided that I wanted to be like her. Coco is my inspiration.”
After researching popular fashion designs from that period of Thai history, Minnie sketched her own ideas – a mixture of Thai and Victorian clothes - and matched them with carefully selected fabrics and textiles from the leading suppliers in Bangkok. Called ‘PLOY’ after the heroine
in the historical drama, the collection of all-white outfits attracted interested from around the world. Meticulously styled and beautifully made by a respected dressmaker, her clothes are a wonderful evocation of the complex designs favored during the reign of four Thai kings.
and thus the see-through fabrics and pastel tones of her Girlish clothes.
Because her clothes are bespoke, they are not cheap. Even though Minnie is also money-smart and good saver, she leaves the finances to her mum and dad, Tisa and Pume, who own a wholesale clothing shop in Bangkok’s Bobae district.
But the way her career is developing in its own unique way, Minnie is certainly destined to become one of the country’s most loved clothing brands.