What do you think of when you think of the clothing capital of the world? Maybe Italy, Paris, Hong Kong? Well, let me fill you in on this gem of a secret. Getting something tailor-made is one of the most popular things to do in Hoi An, and for good reason. The tailors of Hoi An are well-known around the world! You can get anything made, from leather bags and shoes, to dresses and suits, to custom wedding dresses. Hoi An has it all. And the price for the quality is incomparable to anything you would find anywhere else.
What to Expect – Buying Tailored Clothes in Hoi An
The beauty of Hoi An is the speed and quality! If you only have a few days to spend here, don’t fret; you can get anything tailor-made within 24-48 hours.
Once you choose your shop, you will show the tailors what you are wanting, and you will work together in picking out the details of the outfit. This is the fun part! You can choose the main fabric, the fabric liners, the buttons, where the pockets go, the length of the skirt, and the list goes on and on – the options are truly limit-less.
Once this is decided, the tailor will take your measurements, and presto, the first part is done!
They will have you come back in within 24 hours (sometimes sooner!) for your fitting. If you like the fit and look, you’re done! If not, they will work with you until you are completely happy with your purchase. Because of their speed, the whole process can be complete within 48 hours.
How to Choose a Tailor
It’s important to choose wisely who you decide to go with. Just like with any service, the quality and overall experience varies widely depending on the shop. Hoi An has over 200 tailor shops, so it can be a difficult choice.
So how do you decide? Here some tips for choosing a great shop and ensuring you receive what you are looking for.
Trust No One
It is important to be wary of recommendations, even recommendations from your hotel. A common tourist trap in Hoi An (and throughout SE Asia) is that almost everyone earns a commission from referring tourists to tailor shops. And when I say everyone, I mean everyone. From your taxi driver, your receptionist, or even a “friendly” local chatting you up on the street. You better believe that they’re getting a commission off where they recommend you to go.
Their recommendation might not always be a bad thing. It could be a great shop to go with. But before purchasing, I would highly recommend looking up any reviews of the place beforehand.
Quality of Fabric
Before agreeing to go with a shop, physically see and feel the quality of fabric available. This should be very easy to do because it should be out on display. But, if they don’t have what you’re looking for, ask! When I was looking for something specific, I asked and sometimes they had exactly what I wanted in the back.
This goes beyond fabric. You can even ask to what buttons, liners, leather options, etc are available. It would be a shame to pass up on a great shop, just because you didn’t see everything you were wanting out on display.
The options are limitless when it comes to having something custom-made. You can get exactly what you want with it fitting your figure perfectly! For inspiration most shops will have mannequins featuring drool-worthy ensembles and catalogues to flip through.
What I found to be truly incredible is the keen eye and skill of the tailors. They can replicate and design anything you want merely from looking at a photo. If you want more something specific, be sure to provide photos of your idea. Some things can get lost in translation so photos and clear communication is key.
Which Tailor I Chose
After looking at a number of shops and reading reviews, I decided to go with the extremely popular and reputable Yaly Couture.
Two suits later, I was very pleased with the entire process and loved my purchases. If you do decide to go with Yaly’s, it can be quite busy at the main location featured below.
Location 1 – Main Location
358 Nguyễn Duy Hiệu, Sơn Phong, Tp. Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
Phone: +84 510 3914 995
Hours: Open everyday from 8AM to 9:30PM
Rest assured, there is a second location. Just a mere 10 minute walk away (featured below) this location may have a shorter wait.
Location 2 – Second Location
47 Trần Phú, Minh An, Hoi An City, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
After making my first purchase with Yaly’s, I later made an impulse decision to also buy a customized leather jacket. For this purchase I decided to go with a different shop that had the exact color and texture of leather that I was looking for. Unfortunately I do not remember the name of the shop I chose, but it did not have nearly the same online presence as Yaly’s. I showed the tailors photos of exactly what I was looking for and we worked together to discuss the design, look, and fit. It was perfect and I walked away loving my new jacket!
So whether you decide to go with someone with raving reviews, or just stumble upon a great find, you never know, you might just have found a diamond in the rough. 🙂
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