By Jade Johnston
Of all the places I wish I knew more of before I went to Vietnam for my holidays, Hoi An is the place. Before my trip, I spent countless hours researching places of interest on the internet and in guide books, reading books of the history and culture, and planning my Vietnam itinerary. If only I had found an article like this one to prepare me with some Hoi An tailoring tips!
I knew that there were lots of tailors in Hoi An, but I never thought I would be the type of thing to get too excited about it.
I was wrong.
Walking down the streets of old Hoi An, one soon realizes that the majority of businesses are tailors. It’s difficult not to be drawn into the shops – to the stacks of fashion magazines, and walls full of beautiful textiles – and not be just a little bit tempted.
And then there is the price.
With all the competition in Hoi An, it is not difficult to find a tailor that suits your budget. Of course, if you want to get something a little more particular made, and if you want to ensure the finest of materials, then you may want to spend a little bit extra at one of the more well known establishments.
But if all you want is something rather simple, then by all means, shop around until you find a tailor that is in your price range, and who has the material you desire.
I must admit, I went a little bit crazy.
Flipping through Vogue and Elle magazines, the clothes worn by the models suddenly became attainable. I sorted through catalogues, designed a new winter coat, and in general got way too excited.
I ended up extending my stay, and getting not only several dresses made, but also a couple of blouses, a new winter coat, and even some new shoes at the cobblers. And all for less than $200. It was amazing!
The only thing I regretted was not diligently sorting through fashion magazines before my trip, and carefully preserving all the patterns and ideas that I would like to see made.