A guide to tailor made clothes in Hoi An.

Hoi An is home to perhaps some of the best tailors we have on this planet. Bold statement, i know. BUT TRUE.

Where to find a tailor?
Just wander around the Ancient town and the lantern lit streets are lined with tailors. The whole experience can be some what overwhelming as they all look to be incredible good. In each and every shop, there are more fabrics than you could imagine, more designs than your eyes can focus on and more options than decisions will be made.
Thats why it’s important to go with a plan of what you would like made.
Trust me, leaving it to chance of ‘i’ll decide when i get there’ can only go one of two ways;
A) You leave empty handed, and a stressed (probably) sweaty mess.
b) You leave with more items than you can fit back in your backpack.
Having a plan of what you would like made, will help you stay on task.

Where do i recommend? 
I have now tried a couple of tailors in Hoi An and my favourite so far are Maya Design.
The turn over of their products is literally over-night and the staff are so friendly. They will let you design anything you have a vision of, whilst offering tips and tricks from their side of it and what works well for the fabric you have chosen.
The staff spoke good english, and were more than happy to help!

What is the process?
Within seconds of being in the shop i had already been asked if they could help and what i was looking for. I explained i would like trousers and a playsuit and i was shown fabric choices and styles, a few moments later i had found what i wanted and we began the sketching process.
This is where they will draw up a quick mock of your product and ask if you want any additions such as belt loops, pockets, sleeve lengths etc. Quick Tip: This usually can be helped if you go in with a picture of what you want making and they will essentially copy the image,
The next step was getting measured. One of the best parts of having tailor made clothes is the fact it is custom-made to your exact measurements. PERFECT.
Be aware you will be measured in front of the rest of the shop so do wear clothing that allows this process to be as easy as possible. (I’d give skirts a miss)

How long does it usually take?
The turn around from sketching to final product is a super speedy process, we arrived at 12(ish) and went back at 2:30 the next day for final fittings before getting our products later that night. Be sure to stay in Hoi-An for a couple of days incase of alterations or changes. Of course the bigger the order the more time they may need. You can always ask in the shop too and be sure to tell them when you are leaving so your items are made in time.

What is the price like?
Not only are the clothes made incredibly quick but the price is more than fair compared to other Tailors i have been to. Remember though, as with anything, you par for what you get. I suggest thinking about the occasion the fabric and the purpose of your garment. Also be prepared to pay more for things added like, pockets , belts, lining etc I designed one pair of trousers and one playsuit and payed just over 2million for them both (£66)

 

(Jumpsuits we had made in Hoi An ) 

Thanks for reading! If you have any questions please do leave them in the comments and i’ll see you next time.

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New York Diaries; Day One-Part Two

New York Diaries

Day one; Part Two

Following on from my previous post here.

We left Radio City and head just down the street to Rockefeller Centre! For those of you who are wondering what this is, The Rockefeller Centre is home to a complex of 19 different commercial buildings from iconic ice skating rinks to the studios of SNL and The Today Show, Fashion, Food and Art exhibitions. It really has earned its place as one of NYC most famous landmarks.

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(The Rockefeller centre, just look at the size of it…Well look at the size of how much i could fit on my iphone screen ha!)

Instantly we were in love, the building is physically beautiful. Both inside and out. We decided now would be the perfect time to grab a bit to eat and so got a ‘slice’ and sat just outside the Rockefeller Centre and looked over the square.

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The centre of the square looked so relaxing and the detail in the architecture here was fascinating)

We had a look around some of the shops in that area including the NBC Studios shop, which had some fabulous merchandise of different shows filmed there. Myself and Naomi are both huge fans of comedy so were loving looking at the different SNL quotes on the shirts.

Heading on the L train we set off back home to get changed for our Dinner that night in Times Sq. Naomi had booked us a meal at the infamous The View restaurant. This restaurant was up on the 48th floor and in line with the top of some of the amazing skyscrapers that NYC has to offer you. Whats so special about this restaurant is how it rotates as you eat! You will go the whole 360degree turn throughout the course of an hour whilst you are there. So no need to worry about feeling sick from the motion, its not a rollercoaster! In fact if it wasn’t for the constant changing view id have forgotten we were moving. We went here at the perfect time, the sun was just setting and we got to see the city switch from day to night. PERFECT.

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Naomi and I at the top of The View rotating and eating- y’know the usual)

Now let me just mention here, this is not a place for travellers on a budget. This meal was most definitely a one off experience, and to be honest the food isn’t anything too special, which was kind of a let down, only to be made up by the amazing view of course. Now i would however recommend for the view maybe go to the mimosa Sunday brunch, as the buffet menu looked incredible for that and it is a lot cheaper at $59.00pp. On a positive side though, i had one of my favourite cocktails whilst in New York here!

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Deciding what to eat-Classic me, spending too long examining the menu)

Finally to finish what was becoming one of the best days of my life we left the restaurant and head to back to the Rockefeller centre to experience the top of the rock. Before going to New York we had the constant battle between going to the Empire State or Top of The Rock, but when asking the majority of people we knew had already visited the city, majority said go to the top of the rock as you will prefer the view with the Empire State building in it. So thats, just what we did, we arrived at about 10:30 and joined the queue up to the top we were placed just in front of a wedding party. The bride looked so beautiful and the whole group ecstatic to be getting that final perfect picture at the Top of the Rock. I’m sure that will be an experience the whole group will never forget.

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(Our view from The Top Of The Rock)

I don’t know if ill be able to explain just how incredible this view is as i truly think its something you need to witness to appreciate the beauty of the city. Its not often i am left speechless but i was overwhelmed by this view. Seeing all of the lights  i was in love with the greatness of New York. The buildings all different in height from the smallest to the tallest all offering such spectacles it really makes you feel capable of anything. Im not entirely sure how long we spent here, but i know i didn’t care to check the time. I was at peace, i was happy and i wasn’t concerned about anything but being in that moment.

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Here i am, content with being a little one in the giant city)

As it got later we were so tired from our fulfilled day we decided it would be best to head back to our accommodation in Brooklyn and call it a night at just gone Midnight.

It was the perfect first day in New York City.
Even if it did feel all a little surreal!

Danielle Jade.