Custom shirts in vietnam?

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  1. vantheman

    vantheman Active Member

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    I'm traveling on business to Hanoi, Vietnam soon, and was thinking of having some custom silk shirts made while there by a tailor recommended by other Americans familiar with the area. Can any of you vouch for the quality of work there, or point out any pitfalls of which I should be aware?

    I was able to get a custom silk suit made in India not too long ago to decent results, in spite of the language barrier. I am imagining my experience in Vietnam to be somewhat similar. But any first- or second-hand experiences any of you can share may be helpful.
     
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    Ranjeev Senior member

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    Hey Vantheman, can't help with the Vietnam query. Â I was wondering about the suit you had made in India. Â Where in India did you go? What's the quality of fabrics available like? Â The quality of the workmanship? Â The cost? Â My mom and sister travel to India all the time and get tons of stuff made but I'm not sure if I could get shirts/suits made that are to my liking in terms of fabric and quality. Â I apologize for hijacking the thread. [​IMG]
     
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    No problem Ranjeev, it doesn't look like anybody has much to say about this anyway. [​IMG] The fabric is rough silk and to be honest, I've seen too little of it to really judge the fabric quality. However, from what little custom work I've had, the workmanship seems very good. I was staying with a family in Gandhidham (Kutch district, Gujarat state) who knew the tailor well and took me there. He'd been a master tailor probably since the British ruled India, and from the looks of him, may have been a master tailor since the British ruled America. In any case, he knew what he was doing. My biggest problem was the language barrier. Conveying what I wanted involved a lot of pointing to pictures in catalogs, and having the family translate what I was saying without much knowledge of American styles. The end product was a very well made suit that fits perfectly, but is a style more fit for going out to parties than business. That's fine with me, since I already had plenty of business clothes. Since I knew it was going to be different, I went ahead and made a few special requests, like having no outside pockets, but extra inside pockets. You could certainly get a Western style suit made there if you picked one out of the catalogs they have. The fabric you shouldn't worry about. We walked across the street to a store that has more fabric choices than any place I've seen in America. You can just buy the fabric and walk it over to the tailor. Both the prices and service are better. Just don't drink the water they try to serve you while you browse. I found the buttons to be less than great quality, but those are easy to replace. As far as the cost goes, alas, I don't know. The family gave it to me as a gift. But from what I'm told, custom-made stuff in India is about what you'd pay for the same average off-the-shelf garment in the US. My guess is the suit was a few hundred dollars, but I can't say with any certainty.
     
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    We demand pictures. (Of the suit made in India that is, but those of Vietnam would be neat too [​IMG] )
     
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    I'll see what I can do, Alias. Maybe I'll take some pics of both when I get back from my trip. [​IMG] By the way, I'm passing right through your city to get to Vietnam.
     

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