If you’re a gentleman of the world, you probably know that having a bespoke suit jacket is a must in every gent’s wardrobe even if they only get to wear it once every year. You don’t have to head up all the way to Hoi An to get something tailored in Vietnam. There are plenty of tailor shops scattered around Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City as well, offering just as much talent and quality.
One of the fun things to do in Vietnam is to have some clothing tailored. You can find super-skilled tailors who will make clothing to fit you like a glove, and turn it around really fast. The reason why prices are lower have nothing to do with the quality of the work but rather with the low cost of living (and therefore wages) of Vietnam.
Fit is the single most important part of looking good in your suit. Without fit, even the richest man in the finest bespoke suit comes across more as a rube than a rake. And short of having a suit-made specifically for your measurements, you will always have fit issues with any off the rack suit purchase.
If you can’t decide what you want, and just want something tailored for the heck of it, then you can ask the staff for inspiration. However, you should always be on the lookout for shady tailors that will try to scam you by presenting you with low quality fabrics or worse.
Ho Chi Minh City has a plethora of tailor shops for you to get clothes made. Many are concentrated in the area of Pham Ngu Lao or Le Loi street. Some of them even have their own fabric shops right next door, and they’re really hard to miss.
Many of these are great at what they do and have quick turnaround, however some stand out from the rest. Here is a list of the best tailors in Ho Chi Minh City.
Phan’s Custom Tailor
Phan’s is one of the best choices for getting an outfit tailored in Ho Chi Minh City—whether it be suits, uniforms, summer dresses, elegant gowns, shirts, and even accessories such as neckties, bow ties and handkerchiefs. They are specialized in selling and tailoring the latest fashion for their customers. They also bring the famous designs and clothing lines for you to choose or personally design for you.
If you’re lucky, it may be even Phan that will be designing and stitching your piece. The whole team is very fussy, ensuring with each fitting that no small detail or potential for improvement is missed. If you are in a hurry, they will be able to get your clothing done within 48 hours. Just to make sure, everything fits perfect.
Address: 311 Nguyen Cong Tru Street, Nguyen Thai Binh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
Tel: 028 6686 2062.
Tricia and Verona
Tricia & Verona is run by two sisters who have Anglicized their names to reflect their more Western sense of style. Boasting regular customers in 15 countries, the shop offers bespoke tuxedos, dresses, shirts and a range of other as-you-wish customized products, especially men’s suits.
If you’re looking to get a rather daring and stand-out outfit made, then their boutique is where you should head as they have gained a reputation for putting out quality pieces of work. The quality of workmanship between the sisters is impressive and their turnaround can be fast if you require it.
Summer dresses start at around USD$30.00, and suits at USD$160.00. The sisters are both very friendly, pay close attention to detail, are very hospitable and work fast. Their products will only exceed your expectations.
Address: 39 Dong Du Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
Tel: 08 3824 4556.
Cao Minh Tailor
Cao Minh is another popular name in the world of tailoring in Ho Chi Minh City. They have been around since 1948 and due to their massive success, Cao Minh have various outlets across the cities providing exceptional quality and tailoring to the world. Cao Minh Tailor is said to be the oldest and a popular bespoke tailor and high-end suit company in Vietnam
They also have a large range of high-end fabric in their stores, so get a suit tailored here—you will look a million dollars. The price here may be slightly more expensive than usual, however bespoke suit making is an art and a laborious process. One that Cao Minh has evidently mastered.
Tell the staff to hang on to your measurements as you will want to redo your entire wardrobe when you start racking up compliments back home. Cao Minh will provide overseas delivery. The average price of Cao Minh for a suit is around 200$, which though much higher than the prices of others, however bespoke suit making is an art and a laborious process.
Address: 193/13 Dien Bien Phu Street, Ben Nghe Ward, Binh Thanh District, Hồ Chí Minh City.
Tel: 08 3514 2345.
H&D Tailor is run by the third generation of a traditional tailoring family who have been in the business with over 40 years of experience. The team are skilled and dedicated, professional and extremely adept with their hands and they will ensure that your tailoring experience is nothing short of flawless.
H&D Tailor stocks a wide range of premium fabrics imported from European including England and Italy, so you will be satisfied and confident when wearing their outfits to attend your important events. Their turnaround is also fast, without any noticeable compromising of quality. What’s amazing is that their pricing won’t break you. For a first timer, you cannot go wrong with their top notch service.
Address: 6 Pham Hong Thai Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
Tel: 028 3824 3517.
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