In our latest travel video we hop on our bicycles and pedal around the old quarter area of Hoi An, Vietnam in search of custom made dresses for Audrey at the many tailors and custom designers found in and around the central part of town.
With over 200 different tailors clustered in Hoi An, it’s a rather daunting task to narrow down the selection to just a few different stores. Without a specific shop or store in mind, we had no idea where we’d end up.
Luckily, after spending several days exploring Hoi An, a few specific dresses caught Audrey’s ever discerning eye. Audrey clearly has a much better eye for this kind of thing than I do 😉
When we finally settled on a specific shop Audrey found multiple dresses she liked, but eventually settled on just three to buy. I’m sure it was difficult for her to not walk out with the entire store.
I played the role of wonderfully considerate boyfriend holding her bags and carrying our money around with us. To be honest, I had fun watching her shop because I knew she was having the time of her life.
The tailor made some adjustments to help the dresses fit perfectly and we ended up paying roughly $18 USD for each dress with a slight discount. I’m sure we could have bargained further; however, we were happy with the price and thought it was a win-win situation.
For those shopping in Hoi An for clothes, we recommend visiting several tailors and not feeling overwhelmed by the at times very aggressive nature of the vendors. Being patient and looking around is the key to getting the best deal.
It’s best not to put down a large deposit on any clothing you purchase as it gives very little incentive for the shop owners to make any potential alterations if needed. Instead pay a minimal deposit and pay the final amount once you’ve had a fitting and are happy with the end results.
Remember to bargain and shop around before making your final decision. With a plethora of stores to choose from taking your time will ensure you get the best quality clothes.
Often the prices first quoted are not the ones you end up having to pay – especially if you buy multiple items at the same store. Even if you don’t enjoy the back and forth associated with bargaining, you’ll be far more respected – even by the shop owners – by doing this.