Tailors

Though Hoi An is where most travellers head to get their new wardrobe made, Hanoi offers a decent number of tailors for anyone on a tight schedule. Bring your favourite suit to get copied or a picture of the dress you've always wanted and get it made from scratch. You can even stop by the fabric market on Hanoi's Hom market in Pho Hue street to pick out your own material in advance. Agree on cost before you have any clothing tailored in Hanoi. You may net a slight discount through negotiation, but don't count on it. Men's suits average around USD100 to USD150.
 

You can specify details like buttons, thread colour and pockets. Quality of work is correlated to wait time. It's unreasonable to expect even the most skilled tailor in Hanoi to create a masterpiece in 24 hours! Double-check the material for quality, and in the case of silk, authenticity, before purchasing. Insist on more than two fittings to ensure the right fit. In addition to shirts, suits and dresses, Hanoi's tailors will create winter coats, wedding dresses and even traditional Vietnamese ao dais.

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Tan My Embroidery

A storied Hanoian tradition with roots in fashion, design and houseware, Tan My Embroidery is one of Hanoi's oldest shops that produce embroidered goods. From pillow cases, clothes, linens, table cloths and pyjamas, you'll find everything you need to outfit you and your home. Choose from stylish patterns, classic designs and bright colours that add a touch of boldness to your life. Tan My Embroidery also operates Hanoi's Tan My Design and Tan My Cafe, both located across the street.

Three generations have been involved in Tan My Embroidery, which grew out of the trying years of war in Vietnam. Mother of Huong, the founder of Tan My, embroidered loved ones' messages on handkerchiefs to be given to soldiers who then carried the items with them throughout the war. Today all embroidery at Tan My is done by hand by over 500 skilled artisans, which ensures you're purchasing the finest quality work. Visit the shop at 66 Hang Gai in central Hanoi.

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Mekong Quilts Hanoi

Mekong Quilts is  a social enterprise specializing in high quality, hand crafted quilts  and accessories. The Indo-Chine inspired quilt range uses patchwork, piecing and intricate stitch detail to create a contemporary aesthetic. We use only the highest quality silks and cottons, along with beautiful vintage ethnic embroideries in our products.

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Our accessories range combines the use of sustainable and local raw materials such as bamboo, water hyacinth and papier-mache with traditional hand craftsmanship to create innovative designs such as Bamboo bikes and gift items.

Bamboo bikes Mekong Plus Hanoi

Mekong Quilts was established in 2001 as an income generation project under the umbrella of parent NGO, Mekong Plus. Quilting is labour intensive and requires minimum investment; a perfect employment activity. HCMC-based dentist Thanh Truong recognised these qualities and through her passion for quilts, began the programme with just 35 women, selling the quilts ‘Tupperware style’.

Mekong Plus Hanoi

Today Mekong Quilts engages over 340 women in full time employment in communities northeast of Ho Chi Minh City, Long My in the Mekong Delta and Rumdoul, Cambodia. All profits from products sold are returned to the villages both directly in the form of salaries, and indirectly in funding for community development projects.

 

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