If you didn’t know by now, Hoi An is famous for its tailors and if you’re looking to get something tailor made in Vietnam, this is where you should go. The reason why Hoi An is a popular place for tailors is because of its past operating as a trading port on the silk route. The tradition has stuck and these days you can find tailors everywhere in the city. It might even get overwhelming and difficult to know which one to choose. Each has their own taste, but there’s some tailor shops that has gotten repeatedly good reviews and satisfied clients, so perhaps these are the ones you should pay a visit to. Here is a guide to some of the best tailors in Hoi An.
1. Yaly Couture
What used to be a simple market stall has now developed into three outstanding boutiques which can be found in the Ancient Town. The staff are nothing but professional and knows exactly what they’re doing, they can recommend you fabrics, styles and ensure that you’ll get the best experience – and garment! The quality is high here and perhaps that’s why so many people recommend this place. If the locals are convinced, then you know it’s a good place to go to.
2. Kimmy Tailor
One of the oldest tailor shops in Hoi An and is also one of the best. Kimmy Taylor started in the ‘70s and has since impressed people from all over the world with their professionality and their knowledge about tailor made clothes and fabrics. These days, it’s owned by a Vietnamese-Canadian couple who, with their international experience, can combine Western and Vietnamese style, making their shop stand out in the crowd. If you want to create something that appeals more to the international crowd, you might want to check out Kimmy Tailor. Their tailors can make anything you’d like, whether it’s a bikini, dress, suit, shirt, you name it! There’s nothing the team at Kimmy Tailor can’t do.
3. Be Be Tailor
This tailor shop has been open for more than 15 years now and has since then perfected their techniques and style. Customers walking out from Be Be Tailor has always come out with a beautiful, unique tailored piece of clothing and a fun experience. The team here are extremely talented and has many years of experience so you can ask them to do almost anything. If you’re not sure what you want, the staff will happily help you with recommendations. You can also browse through their website where you can see some of their designs they’ve made in the past.
4. A Dong Silk
Perhaps one of the most recommended and famous tailor shops, you can see the name pop up on sites such as Lonely Planet and TripAdvisor. It’s one of the more “exclusive” tailor shops in the city, with two floors full of both colorful, simple and silk fabric which has either been imported or sourced locally. You’ll be guaranteed to come out with a beautiful piece of clothing if you go to A Dong Silk. The prices might be a bit more on the expensive side here, but it’s worth it to get your dream garment.
5. Vanda Tailor
Address: 631 Hai Ba Trung St, Hoi An, Vietnam
If you go on TripAdvisor, you won’t help but notice all the good reviews that’s been written about Vanda Tailors. The staff here are very accommodating and will make sure that you go out with a smile on your face. Their attention to details are impeccable and the fabrics they have in the store are nothing but of high quality. What more could you want out of a tailor?
- Describe what you want as clearly as possible. Sometimes things get lost in translation and you don’t want that to happen to your garment.
- Know what you want before you go inside. This will save you and the designers time. If you don’t know what you want, let the tailors help you in this process. Trust them! They’re professionals after all.
- Come as early as possible so you can make adjustments. If you only have, let’s say, 3 days in Hoi An, then go to the tailor straight away. If you need to make adjustments, it’ll at least take a couple of hours before the tailor can fix it.
- Have fun! It’s not everyday you get to go to a tailor and create something from scratch. This is a unique experience and it should also be a fun one.
… And remember to always apply for a Vietnam visa before you enter the country. Otherwise you won’t be able to get anything tailor made. You can either go to your nearest Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate and apply with them, or do as many others and apply online. You can choose to get a Visa on Arrival or an E-Visa.