Jamunmai: Myanmar fashion for the swashbuckling superwoman

Wandering a busy, gritty street in downtown Yangon, a stranger catches the eye of fashion designer Julia Expert. The stranger, a middle-aged woman, has neat streaks of thanaka on her cheeks, a comb lodged in a tight bun on her head, a tight bustier covering her torso, and a draped skirt in a pattern the ...

Retail Therapy

J&Me Studio nails the mani-pedi experience

J&Me Studio nails the mani-pedi experience

Mani-pedi enthusiasts say this small Myaynigone salon deserves recognition for its quality service, low prices, and neighborly staff. “That’s a lot of skin peeling!” A row...

Is Yangon Southeast Asia’s new hub for boundary-pushing streetwear?

Is Yangon Southeast Asia’s new hub for boundary-pushing streetwear?

| Coconuts Yangon x Les Jeunes | All signs point to yes.

Actress Phway Phway copies Dua Lipa’s dress, sparks debate about Myanmar fashion

Actress Phway Phway copies Dua Lipa’s dress, sparks debate about Myanmar fashion

Award-winning Myanmar actress Phway Phway sparked public debate about her country’s fashion industry last week after showing up to a Yangon event in a dress identical to the one...

Paper statues remind Yangon shoppers to stand up for elephants

Paper statues remind Yangon shoppers to stand up for elephants

A herd of colorful papier-mâché elephant statues has been appearing at Yangon’s shopping malls over the last few days. They are part of a campaign by Voices for Momos to...

Myanmar climbers take latest yoga trend to new heights

Myanmar climbers take latest yoga trend to new heights

by Athens ZAW ZAW First there was beer and paddleboard yoga. Then someone added goats to the mix. Now fitness buffs in Myanmar are taking the latest body-bending trend to whole...

Myanmar beauty queen dethroned after posting graphic Rakhine video

Myanmar beauty queen dethroned after posting graphic Rakhine video

A Myanmar beauty queen has been disqualified from a major international pageant just days before she was scheduled to compete after she released a video statement that blames the...

A day at Yangon’s brand-new, half-finished shopping mall

A day at Yangon’s brand-new, half-finished shopping mall

I drove my electric bicycle down Shwedagon Pagoda Road yesterday toward Junction City. It was the mall’s opening day, and I was curious about what it would offer. As I...

Charity auction next week: Win a dinner with the ‘Burmese Python’

Charity auction next week: Win a dinner with the ‘Burmese Python’

Myanmar’s very own ‘Burmese Python’ is back soon, and he’s bringing signed one-of-a-kind memorabilia for die-hard fans. But Aung La Nsang isn’t just giving away these...

MGOU brings ‘commercial Zen’ to Myanmar

MGOU brings ‘commercial Zen’ to Myanmar

Whenever I walk into an MGOU store, my inner monologue can’t help but point out: “Wow, this place is really not terrible.” The further I venture down the aisles past plush...


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Coconuts Yangon Retail Therapy

The cliché goes that Myanmar loves to shop…in Bangkok. While the well-heeled still head overseas for serious indulgences, Yangon is home to a glorious selection of local retail offerings. Bogyoke Market is home to scores of vendors selling beautiful fabrics from across the country, as well as the usual tourist souvenirs. International brands can be found in the few malls, the newest of which, Myanmar Plaza, is a multi-story structure typical of the region. Fashion styles are changing, too, though the traditional longyi is still the dress of choice for both men and women. If there’s something worth buying or a style worth following (or puzzling at), you can bet we’ll be reporting it on Coconuts Yangon.