There was once a scarcity of international brands available in Saigon, and you had to make do with sketchy counterfeit items at the markets. Today, fashionistas can shop until they drop at Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Versace in HCMC's upscale malls and designer boutiques. If you don't want to shell out for the real deal or have a thing for ersatz goods, copies are still available. Occasional spelling mistakes or crookedly stitched tags included for free.
These days Ho Chi Minh City's shiny happy shopping malls carry products from all the big name players including Armani, Jimmy Choo, Mango, Casio, Converse, Gap, Levi's, Chanel, Polo Ralph Lauren and Swarovski.