Fast fashion has become a booming worldwide business. Mass-produced clothes are now heavily featured everywhere, and everyone wears the same designs. But have you ever seen a beautifully constructed unique garment on TV, in a magazine or from your imagination that you dream of owning? On a Hoi An tour, this dream can become a reality!
Hoi An ancient town (Source: Internet)
The couture shopping paradise
A former trading port on the silk route, Hoi An’s old town is a custom-made couture shopping paradise, at a fraction of the cost of a famous fashion house. The repertoire of garments they can create at the UNESCO world heritage listed site is practically endless from cozy pajamas to intricately designed wedding dresses. The world-class tailors can replicate any design put in front of them at a speedy turnaround of between four to 48 hours, perfect if you have limited time on your Hoi An Tour.
Known rightfully as the tailoring capital of the world you’ll be overwhelmed with the choice of tailoring shops here. They outnumber all other shops two to one, with over 400 of them scattered around the frozen in time old quarter. However, tourists should be cautious of a deal that seems too good to be true, they almost always are.
In recent years there has been a surge of below-par work that doesn’t reflect the skill or craftsmanship that is taken to construct garments by the generations of Hoi An tailors. Some misleading tailors will promise you a handcrafted design but will send your measurements to a mass-production factory or a sweatshop. Outsourcing the production reduces the cost and sadly often the quality. You might even end up seeing your one of a kind ‘custom-made suit’ on the back of another tourist.
Hotels and other businesses can’t always be trusted to give an unbiased recommendation, as they often receive a hefty commission for leading customers to the shop. So we compiled a list of the most reputable, respected, and talented tailors you can find on a Hoi An group tour.
Taking her measurements in a tailor shop (Source: Internet)
Be Be Tailor
The doors of Be Be tailors have been open to the public for fifteen years, during this time they have built up a successful online presence and a well-respected reputation. They have evolved from a humble family-run business into a multi-million dollar enterprise with three locations in Hoi An. Be Be tailors has managed to remain family oriented, over half of its 160 workers are related to the founder Mrs. Be. The heart and soul behind the production of every garment is still present today, the highest quality is ensured by a rigorous quality control procedure.
Their flagship store offers a backstage tour of their facilities including their onsite workroom, where all the magic happens! There is figurative and literal transparency between Be Be and its consumers; you can see exactly where the threads are sewn, through the glass workroom doors. Don’t worry if you’re stuck for ideas they have an iPad full of design suggestions you can choose from and are open every day from 8:30 am to 9:00 pm. There is no limit to how many fitting you can have, they won’t be finished until you’re delighted with your purchase and the fit of the garment is perfect. They offer international shipping and even after leaving Vietnam you can still order more custom outfit, using your previous measurements, sent straight to your door.
- Be Be 1, 11 Hoang Dieu, Hoi An, Vietnam
- Be Be 2, 95 Phan Chau Trinh, Hoi An, Vietnam
- Be Be 3, 40 Tran Hung Dao, Hoi An, Vietnam
Be Be tailor (Source: Internet)
Owned by a Vietnamese-Canadian couple who have combined their 15 years of international experience with their deep-rooted Vietnamese heritage, to create the perfect balance of east meets west. Kimmy Tailor understands what the foreign buyer is searching for in a tailor-made outfit and has an excellent knowledge of worldwide fashion trends.
On arrival a personal style guide will meet with you, to walk you through the process. Kimmy Tailor has a vast knowledge of fabrics and designs that will flatter your body shape and personal style. Their competent, warm, and professional staff is fully equipped to recommend the best option for your needs. You can expect a smooth error-free service and a relaxing onsite bar to kill time before or after fittings.
- Kimmy Custom Tailor Store, 70 Tran Hung Doa, Son Phong Ward, Hoi An, Vietnam
- Kimmy Bespoke Store, 39 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hoi An, Vietnam
Kimmy Tailor (Source: Internet)
Yaly couture is the most expensive of the tailors on our list, but for a good reason! They specialize in elaborate high-quality designs and with this come’s a high price tag. The prestigious tailors are known for their intricate sequins, ruffles, beadwork and fanciful embroidery. They have an incredible range of luxury fabrics that are superior to most of the local tailor shops. They’re the favorites for formal dresses and spectacular wedding dresses. They have an impeccable eye for fashion and pay considerable attention to the details of a piece. They boast that their clothes will last you a lifetime! It’s not every day you have the opportunity to have your custom wardrobe made, so why not go the whole hog and splurge!
- Yaly Couture, 47 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hoi An, Vietnam
- Yaly Couture, 47 Tran Phu, Hoi an, Vietnam
Yaly Couture (Source: Internet)
A Dong Silk
Hoi An supplies some of the most beautiful silk in all of Vietnam. You can buy top grade silk from local markets and take it to any tailor you wish to make into your desired garment. Hoi An has been a popular silk hub for over 300 years and has an array of local artisans who can be seen traditionally weaving silk on ancient looms. If you ever have any doubts about whether the material you are being sold is real silk, ask to set a small piece on fire, if it burns then it’s true silk if it melts its fake.
Alternatively, you can go to the luxurious and bargain-priced A Dong Silk Tailor, who has a wide range of top-quality silk. Their well-trained team offers a high-end experience and won’t take any shortcuts in creating the perfect fit. They also have an easy to navigate online shopping website, to cater to their international clientele.
- A Dong Silk, 40 Le Loi, Hoi An, Vietnam
- A Dong Silk 2, 62 Tran Hung Dao, Hoi An, Vietnam
- A Dong Silk 3, 91 Tran Hung Dao, Hoi An, Vietnam
A Dong Silk (Source: Internet)
Spice up your wardrobe while on your Hoi An tour, with skillfully crafted made-to-measure garments. Whether you’re looking for silk underwear, a winter coat, or a ball gown the technique of the tailors passed down for generations in Hoi An is unbeatable!
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