If you are a fashion freak, Hoi An Tailors in Vietnam is one of the very few shopping destinations in the world where people from across the globe make a trip for the shopping there.
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Buying Clothing in Hoi An
If you are a fashion freak then you are also most likely spending all of your extra money to buy new clothes and accessories. That is the story of every fashion lover and they really never mind spending that much, they only wish they had more to spend. Most people look for latest fashion trends at an affordable price which is usually an impossible task. I am one such person and often struggle to find places to shop within my budget that give me the clothes I really want to wear. Unfortunately, I either end up spending more or buying something that is not really the latest trend piece I dreamed of. There is an answer though, there are some places where you can get what you want on the budget you have. You may have to travel but doing that and getting the clothes you dreamed of for very low prices are the best of two worlds.
In this place, you can find hundreds of Hoi An tailors who can stitch you custom designed clothes to fit your specific needs and taste. They are usually aware of all the fashion trends around the world and hence you can expect to buy the best from them. There are plenty of shopping places in Hoi An where you can find hundreds of stores in a single stretch. Here you can shop all sorts of stuff from clothing, accessories, footwear, fashion jewelry, bags, eye shades, watches and even cosmetics. All these are available here at quite an affordable price range. You can even find popular brands of clothing and accessories at throwaway prices.
Skills and Expertise of Hoi An Tailors
Finding Hoi An tailors with amazing skills in stitching any kind of designer clothing is not a difficult task in Vietnam. You can show a picture of any kind of design and they can create that for you exactly like the originals in the fabric and colors that suit your taste. They even show you different types of catalogs from various brands and styles that you can choose from. The best part is they have all types of materials and accessories to create the design of your choice. Most of the Hoi An tailors have their own factories and production units that deliver products within a day’s time. There are tailors for men, women, and children who have experience in creating all styles of fashion. Whether you want an Italian suit, a French bouquet dress or a Barbie-style dresses for your little princess, they have it all.
Hoi An Tailors Create Fine Quality Clothing
Just because shopping in Hoi An is pretty cheap, it does not mean they compromise on the quality of clothing. To the contrary, their hand-created clothing is some of the highest quality in the world and always much better than off the rack clothing The tailors and manufacturers in Hoi An use the finest and most exclusive materials in everything they create for you. You expect superior quality in all types of clothing and accessories you purchase in Hoi An. They have all types of fabrics and can even help you with the specific type that you are looking for. Even the quality of threads, buttons, hooks, etc that they use in stitching are of high quality too. So those combined with highly experienced tailors can produce the best in the class clothes for you. The best part of the whole process is you never pay for the completed products until they are fitted and done to your satisfaction.
Most Hoi An tailors are big enough to create bulk quantities of your custom designed products. So if you are a professional designer looking for a bulk manufacture at an affordable price, this is the place you must seriously consider. I see a lot of international travelers who come here are frequent visitors and are regular customers for many tailors in this amazing fashion town. With the help of many foreign visitors, the local tailors and retailers have enhanced their skills and knowledge on modern fashion needs. So you can easily find the best ones that you find in Paris, New York or any other fashion destinations in the world, but at a very affordable price in here.
If you are getting married and looking for the best outfits for you and your bridesmaids, Hoi An tailors are easily the best choice. You can find all the modern designs of wedding collections in this small town in Vietnam and they have a fashion line of wedding collections for different traditions as well. You will find a rich collection of silk dresses and bridal wear here too. There are plenty of ready-made clothing and you can even get a custom alteration done to suit your precise measurements. Whether you are a groom or a bride, there are tailors who specialize in sewing dresses for everyone participating in the wedding. You can simply download your favorite designs and give it to these tailors and you can easily expect a dress exactly like that done within few days. They even send you pictures of the dress once complete so you can have a quick look and tell if you need any changes or additions done.
Clothing for Men
Hoi An tailors are popular for creating business suits, tuxedos, blazers, trousers and casual shirts. These tailors know what it really takes to make you look good for business or work. You can find comfortable fabrics and they can even recommend fabrics depending on the climate and the region you live in. There are plenty of ready-made clothing that you can find here and they can produce something specific to your taste too. So whether you want to dress like a James Bond or like Vito Corleone from Godfather, they can do it for you precisely the way you want it. Hoi An tailors even ship the finished products to your doorstep, no matter where in the world you reside. All of the tailors take online orders if you can give them your measurements. They even have their websites where you can browse through various styles, designs, fabrics and then place your order.
Warranty and Return
Many Hoi An tailors offer warranty and free alteration in cases where you are not satisfied with stitching or in case of any damage to the product. But you really will not face such a scenario as the quality of dresses you buy here in itself is a guarantee. But as part of extended services, they do provide warranty on stitching and materials for your assurance.
While you are visiting in Hoi An you will need a place to stay. There will be a number of options and each has its pros and cons but, since the town is quite small and taxi rates are cheap, choose the one that best fits your needs. You will find that everything in Hoi An is really not far. We had booked a room in the shopping area and found that we were very happy there. Prices are much cheaper for both lodging and for food than the places nearer the Old Town. We will include some of the more popular spots in both below.
Buying Leather Goods in Hoi An
While the Hoi An tailors are well known for their silk and other fabric choices, you should definitely not overlook the chance to get handmade, high-quality leather goods for a fraction of Western Costs.
Be sure that you are buying real leather and not the leather-like vinyl that is very difficult to distinguish from the real thing. Ask the shop owner to do the “lighter test”. If the product is real leather they will hold a flame to it and it will not burn. However, the fake leather-like vinyl will melt instantly.
Next, look for quality craftsmanship. You want to find a quality producer. Since Hoi An gets a huge number of tourists who are looking for products at every price point, the shops respond by offering items from the cheaply-made to the downright sumptuous. Look at their products on display. Do they look like they’re made to last? Are the seams even, or do they show rushed production?
There are hundreds of shops in Hoi An and the quality can be from poor to extremely high. Be sure to examine several different items closely and look for any uneven seams or loose threads. If you see these imperfections, politely leave. There are better products to be found. Be patient and keep looking.
There are basically two types of shops in Hoi An, single proprietor family shops and larger retailers with multiple shops. You would tend to think that the smaller might be of higher quality and cheaper but that does not hold true. They simply don’t sell enough volume to be cheaper and usually the larger stores give better prices and much better guarantees.
You will find the same items in multiple shops. Keep notes as you shop on the quality and price of the item you want and which shop you were in. Go back and get the one you think was the best, but, “Don’t Buy Yet”. Vietnam, like any other second and third-world country, expects you to bargain. They will always start with prices higher than they expect you to pay. Some more than others. You should expect to be able to pay at least 20-25% under the listed pricetag.
Hoi An Tailors – Purchasing Customizations
Designing your item
Now that you know what you want there are a number of choices to make. You can either buy off the shelf or have the product made as a custom-job done to your specs. You will have to decide and have the following information before you order.
There are four options to custom-make a product:
1. Chose the type and color of the leather or suede.
2. Have measurements or give them to the maker for non clothing items.
3. Get measured for the clothing by the tailor.
4. Agree on the costs. Look for a shop that will offer you a 10 to 20 percent discount, any more and you may not get the quality you expect.
Take all of these into consideration.
TIP: Do NOT ask around for the best place either at your hotel or from a vendor in Hoi An. They are more or less all associated and all “Know Someone”. Do your own shopping and make your own decisions.
We can say that we found this person from an article by another blogger and found Mrs. Tuong from the 09 Leather Shop to give good prices and create very high-quality work. Her shop is located at 65 Tran Hung Dao and any driver can take you there.
Where to Stay During Your Shopping Spree
You are going to need at least 2-3 days set aside if you are going to properly explore Hoi An Tailors and their shops. If you plan to have anything customised, it’s a no-brainer.
Hoi An is divided into two main areas:
Tailors and Shopping Area and the Old Town Sight-Seeing Area