- Oct 4, 2006
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I think I'll be heading to Taiwan this year. I hear their clothing is like japanese clothing only cheaper. Anyone been there? If so are there special things I should look for?
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I worked out of Taiwan for about 2 years. Umm, I wouldn't say their clothing is like Japan. Their market TRIES to be like Japan but fails, miserably IMO, and doesn't have the slew of quality bespoke offerings like HK. You might find some interesting things but most brands we'd find interesting will be horrendously overpriced. As far as stuff manufactured in Taiwan, you might find some fashion forward pieces, but generally IMO the overall mode of dress is pretty bad and seriously played out, kind of like a caricature of even the worst "Asian" looks in Southern California. There are also very strange issues with sizing, there is even some one-size stuff for guys which is really weird IMO.Originally Posted by drizzt3117
I grew up in Taiwan. Local designers are terrible, but if you are into that kind of thing, there are a lot of international labels with branches there. Many have perpetual sale racks. Technically you can get a VAT refund with a foreign passport and an outbound flight number within a certain time period - 1 month, I beleive. Don't know how many shops actually offer this - you should ask. There are also some Japanese brands carried in small boutiques spread across town. One that comes to mind is in the Ding Hao Building on Chung Hsiao E Road off Tun Hwa S Road. I haven't been to that store in a while, but it should still be there. There are some in Ximending, too.Originally Posted by whoopee
Yeah I'll most likely be staying at Taipei. I actually really don't care about what brands they are but my taiwanese friends say the clothing there is "cute" but cheap, while Japan is...REALLY expensiveOriginally Posted by theshonen8899