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Tailor in Hanoi - any recommendations?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by MikeF, Aug 18, 2007.

  1. MikeF

    MikeF Senior member

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    I am looking for a recommendation for a tailor in Hanoi. I do not plan to have a suit made (although I would consider doing so if I received a strong recommendation) - only pants and perhaps some shirts.

    Does anyone have a recommendation?
     
  2. meister

    meister Senior member

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    I am looking for a recommendation for a tailor in Hanoi. I do not plan to have a suit made (although I would consider doing so if I received a strong recommendation) - only pants and perhaps some shirts.

    Does anyone have a recommendation?


    no recommendation but I have been told it's a great place to get a MTM suit.
     
  3. Matt

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    you coming to Saigon as well?

    Despite spending a lot of time up there, I cant really help you with Hanoian tailors, Saigon I know a lot better.

    BTW, you may as well make a suit just for the fun of it, you probably wont spend more than $100 or $150 on it if you just want to try a guy out....
     
  4. MikeF

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    No time in Saigon this trip. I am reluctant to experiment with getting a suit made unless I am reasonably confident it will turn out well, since I've already got one on order from W.W. Chan, owing to a previous leg of my trip.

    m@T, how do I tell a tailor I want my jacket to be canvassed, not fused?
     
  5. Matt

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    with skill, determination and a translator. Ive got it copied n pasted on my other machine, unless Metkirk wants to jump in on this sooner....
     
  6. rnoldh

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    If you want a really good Vietnamese tailor, come to Houston, Tx.[​IMG]
     
  7. metkirk

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    Mike, you might want to try out my tailor Duc Nhuan on 37 Hang Dau. I got my shirts and pants made here and it's pretty decent. The price is very reasonable, 200000VND for a shirt and 350000VND for a pair of pants (lots of fabric to choose from). He can do canvassed suits for you; the term canvassed in Vietnamese is "lược canh tóc".

    If you need a translator i'll be happy to help. I'm going back to the US next Friday though. When are you going to be in Hanoi?
     
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    Forgot to mention one pet peeve about the shop I recommended, he WON'T fix your shirt after it's made. The thing is you can request anything here without him telling you that your style's tasteless like other tailors in Hanoi. He's from Saigon, btw (M@t, you know him?)
     
  9. MikeF

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    metkirk, that's really generous of you. I am in Hanoi at this very moment. I am here all day tomorrow, in Halong Bay on Tuesday and most of Wednesday, and back in Hanoi for Thursday and early morning Friday. I will try out your recommendation and, if a translator is needed, perhaps call on you.
     
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    youre up in Hanoi now Metkirk, you should have let me know - I have been up there three times in the past month, but wont be there before next Fri.

    Oh well, next time....

    ...and no, not familiar with Duc Nhuan
     
  11. MikeF

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    I found him, although it turns out that there's two streets by that name in Hanoi! (Naturally, he's on the second of them that I visited - for the benefit of future readers, the one by the lake.) I ordered an overcoat and two shirts, for US$150. I was not thrilled with the selection of overcoat fabrics - the colours were weird, and the fabrics were generally too light, and too rough - but couldn't resist the pricing. I'll be back on Wednesday afternoon for a fitting, and will post regarding the results.
     
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    Mike, did you order the overcoat with or without canvass? I'm looking forward to your results. The price's sweet isn't it [​IMG]
     
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    I asked that it be canvassed, and he said that it would be.

    The price is very good - but, I should add, no better than Shenzhen. I mention Shenzhen because I had my favourite pair of chinos copied there with tremendous, unexpected success - the copies are much nicer than the originals, in terms of both fabric and construction, and cost only about US$25 all-in, on a super-rush (4-hour turnaround) basis. My wife and I were very surprised. And, unlike here in Hanoi, there was vast choice in terms of fabric. Unless this overcoat turns out to be amazing, I suspect Shenzhen will be my first choice for truly discount tailoring.
     
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    I asked that it be canvassed, and he said that it would be.

    The price is very good - but, I should add, no better than Shenzhen. I mention Shenzhen because I had my favourite pair of chinos copied there with tremendous, unexpected success - the copies are much nicer than the originals, in terms of both fabric and construction, and cost only about US$25 all-in, on a super-rush (4-hour turnaround) basis. My wife and I were very surprised. And, unlike here in Hanoi, there was vast choice in terms of fabric. Unless this overcoat turns out to be amazing, I suspect Shenzhen will be my first choice for truly discount tailoring.


    Do you have a link to Shenzen´s website? (if they have one that is)
     
  15. MikeF

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    Shenzhen is a lawless little place in a "Special Economic Zone" of mainland China, about an hour by train from Hong Kong. In Shenzhen is a huge, crazy mall called Lo Wu Commercial City, on the fifth floor of which are about 200 tailors (plus a massive fabric market). No one speaks English. There is no website. Good luck!
     
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    so you collected it all yet Mike?
     
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    I picked the garments up tonight and had my wife ship them home. I can't say I'm thrilled.

    With respect to the overcoat, the fabric and fit turned out better than I expected. However, he screwed up in two significant respects. First, at least the lapels, and possibly the whole coat, are fused, despite my having given him instructions in Vietnamese to produce a canvassed garment. Second, the lapels are machine-stitched about half an inch from the edge, notwithstanding a lengthy discussion (by way of pantomime) about pick-stitching them at the edge. This gives the overcoat a very casual look, and one that is in any event not at all to my liking. Also, based on the 90 seconds during which I wore the coat, the lining seems to breathe very poorly - however, I will withhold judgment until I am wearing the coat on a day when it isn't 100 degrees outside and I am not drenched in sweat.

    The shirts fit well, and very similarly to the shirt I gave him to copy, with one exception: the collars are too big. I will have to wear them open-collared. Less crucially, he used a collar style different from that of the shirt I gave him to copy. On the plus side, without my having asked, he pattern matched on the sleeves, which is great. He also, as requested, made the collar stays removable.

    For $150, I did fine. I may even have done well; perhaps my expectations were just too high. However, I can't say I'd use this guy again - I'd rather pay the extra bucks and get precisely what I want from W.W. Chan or Jantzen.

    Thank you, in any case, for the recommendation - and for the offer to translate! I could have done far worse.
     
  18. GodErnst

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    I'm a relative newb to Men's clothing, but I've been lurking for awhile and paid a visit to Duc Nhuan on 37 Hang Dau last month - so I thought I'd provide an update - at least as far as cost is concerned.

    I went with several co-workers in early October.. mens' shirts were US$25/each, slacks were US$50/each and my co-worker got a blazer made for US$150.

    We were all very satisfied with the fitting/cut - but the material for the shirts was a bit on the cheap side.

    It appears the shop has some above-average fabrics compared to other tailors I looked at in Hanoi - but again, my opinion on these things isn't really the best.
     
  19. metkirk

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    I'm a relative newb to Men's clothing, but I've been lurking for awhile and paid a visit to Duc Nhuan on 37 Hang Dau last month - so I thought I'd provide an update - at least as far as cost is concerned. I went with several co-workers in early October.. mens' shirts were US$25/each, slacks were US$50/each and my co-worker got a blazer made for US$150. We were all very satisfied with the fitting/cut - but the material for the shirts was a bit on the cheap side. It appears the shop has some above-average fabrics compared to other tailors I looked at in Hanoi - but again, my opinion on these things isn't really the best.
    Duc Nhuan is probably the best tailor you can find in Hanoi. Were your slacks lined? For that price ($50 is a lot for Vietnamese) I'd go berserk on the details.
     
  20. metkirk

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    I picked the garments up tonight and had my wife ship them home. I can't say I'm thrilled. With respect to the overcoat, the fabric and fit turned out better than I expected. However, he screwed up in two significant respects. First, at least the lapels, and possibly the whole coat, are fused, despite my having given him instructions in Vietnamese to produce a canvassed garment. Second, the lapels are machine-stitched about half an inch from the edge, notwithstanding a lengthy discussion (by way of pantomime) about pick-stitching them at the edge. This gives the overcoat a very casual look, and one that is in any event not at all to my liking. Also, based on the 90 seconds during which I wore the coat, the lining seems to breathe very poorly - however, I will withhold judgment until I am wearing the coat on a day when it isn't 100 degrees outside and I am not drenched in sweat. The shirts fit well, and very similarly to the shirt I gave him to copy, with one exception: the collars are too big. I will have to wear them open-collared. Less crucially, he used a collar style different from that of the shirt I gave him to copy. On the plus side, without my having asked, he pattern matched on the sleeves, which is great. He also, as requested, made the collar stays removable. For $150, I did fine. I may even have done well; perhaps my expectations were just too high. However, I can't say I'd use this guy again - I'd rather pay the extra bucks and get precisely what I want from W.W. Chan or Jantzen. Thank you, in any case, for the recommendation - and for the offer to translate! I could have done far worse.
    Sorry to hear it didn't turn out so well. Funny you mentioned he did pattern match, this summer I was in Hanoi and somehow he always forgot to pattern match my shirts, was thinking maybe all that upgrading he did to the shop made him go cheap on the quality.
     

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