Tailoring is to Hoi An what skiing is to Aspen. Here, you can get almost any garment copied, designed, altered or embroidered. It is a town that has slowly built up a reputation for high quality, low cost garments and the town itself is virtually overflowing with seamstresses. This abundance of tailors does make it somewhat difficult to decide who to use.
The bigger, more popular tailors are popular for a reason. They have a lot of staff, they carry a huge bank of images and they can sew onsite, but you usually pay a little more for the service.
Some of the smaller shops are extremely capable and charge half the price. If you do choose one of the smaller shops make sure that for the agreed price, they are willing to alter your garment multiple times. Check the stitching before purchase – this also goes for the larger shops.
Find a Tailor
A Dong Silk
If you are looking for a quality tailor while visiting Hoi An, no need to look any further than A Dong Silk. The experience itself in working with their staff is a good one, and really rings true in their slogan of “Personal Tailoring”. A Dong Silk is easily found on Tran Hung Dao street and is a worth while stop in the successful pursuit of a suit.
Call: 0510 391 0579
Ao Ba Ba
Ao Ba Ba Suit Tailors has a good reputation for a good reason. You can be sure the final product will have great attention to detail and is in line with the most fashionable trends. They are at the higher end of the price range overall, but are flexible in price according to quantity and quality of material used.
Call: 0510 3920 666
Hien Vien Suit Tailors is located in a small stall in the central market. While it may not look as fancy as other tailors around the area, the work they produce is excellent for its price. Service is friendly and personalized, Miss Vien and her daughter take great care ensuring all customers needs are met.
Call: 0932 404 047
ToTo Suit Tailors is somewhere between the higher price of Ba Ba and the bargain price of Hien Vien. This mid-range tailor is well rounded in experience, quality and versatility. The staff are courteous and they work quickly to ensure your garments are ready before you leave town.
Call: 0510 3864 797
‘Yes’ is a very popular word in Hoi An and most shops will tell you they can achieve anything, but the finished results can sometimes exasperate and draw out a long ‘nooooo’.
Be cautious, shop around and don’t be pushed into getting things made for the sake of it. Hoi An is a town to relax and wander but if you have time to take a tour or pick up a few desirable pieces along the way, all the better.