Tips for shopping in Hoi An

Coming to Hoi An in a journey, beside of enjoying the city, I guess shopping is also a quite important part of the trip. So how to go shopping wisely? Follow our articles for more tips.

1. Tips for shopping cloths in Hoi An

Take your time – Instead of shopping spree on your very last day before coming back home, you can take your time to try getting a perfect fit.

Be realistic – Please note down or draw what you want the tailor to make for you before asking them to make it. They cannot just work from some vague descriptions to create a perfect fit for you. The happiest shopper in Hoi An is the most prepared shopper in Hoi An

Seek recommendations – Talking to travelers who have already made purchases and had positive experiences is the absolute best way to know where to go and where to avoid.

Never close your eye::As best fabric might set at a higher price and its quality can vary greatly from store to store. Some shops carry better quality fabric to others so do not fall for cheaper price trap and look for the best fabric quality instead.

Pay attention, even a little detail: Tailors may miss a seam, hem an item too high, or forget a button as there are lots of precise work by one man in a short period so make sure to check each piece before you settle for a final purchase.

Be prepared to bargain. Some tailors offer bigger discounts the more you buy. So it’s important to settle on the upfront cost and agree with the tailor by getting a receipt to avoid disputes later. Also double check the tailor as they are using the best exchange rate. It’s okay to refigure it using the exchange rate that’s posted at banks and go from there.

Quality first, Money second – Having all the money. You are in a great position to bargain; however, if you bargain too hard, you will get stiffed on quality. We suggest you insist on quality instead of penny-pinching.


Shoping Clothes

2. Tips for shopping shoes

From zany sneakers, to posh Brogues, dress heels or flip flops, Hoi An’ s surfeit of shoe stores and designs to suit all walks of life.

Many designs are heavily influenced from European style. Check out various shoe shops in Phan Boi Chau street if you prefer a completely original designs and high fashion. Like finding perfect tailor, how do you choose where you buy your shoes? And what features do you look for before footing the bill? Here is some tips from some shoe shops owners in the town.

The sagest advice would be to inspect your prospective shoes carefully. Take your time and compare price/quality among different shops. Most of the shoe shops in town are actually owned by a handful of people. You can check if the shops in town are actually owned by a larger player by simply asking staff if they have other outlets. Because the more shops they have, the ore experience the shoemakers will have and the better quality and value.

When you want to have a leather shoes, you should ask to see the leather first, feel it, and smell it. You can burn it in order to check if it is synthetic. If it is mixed with plastic, it will have a nasty smell. Another recommendation is you check and compare the leather at the shop with the real products to verify the quality before buying anything.

Moreover, when the design is complete, please check the stitching and gluing, shoemakers usually use both nails and glue to keep the soles sturdy. In this case you can ask the salesperson to show you how it is made. 

Shopping Shoes

3. Tips for shopping leather handmade bag

You should be ready to start ‘designing’ your bag so here are the things to watch out for:

1# The zippers

Especially when it comes to travel bags that after a couple of weeks in Vietnam will probably be overloaded, there will be some serious pressure on the zipper and if you chose the wrong quality you may end with a broken zip before the end of your travels.

Chose a good metal zipper, ask the shop to show you the samples they will have a couple, it may cost a few more dollars but in the long term it will save you on getting it replaced back home. (costly business)

2# Buckles

Again buckles just like zippers, they will have samples in the shop chose the heavy metal ones as again the substandard light metals will just break very quickly. Agree on all these minor details before you even start talk price, just like shoes the leather is the main cost for the maker but all these little ‘accessories’ to add up in the cost and if it is not discussed in most cases they will use the cheapest buckle and same goes for the zippers.

On the picture, you will see 3 levels of qualities:

Left: The best quality, thick and strong.

Middle: The mid quality, still fine for small bags.

Right: The ‘cheap’ quality that we highly recommend you don’t use.

3# The lining inside

Exactly the same problems as making shoes in Hoi An, there is some serious cost saving to be made by using tissue instead of leather sued for the lining inside the bags. Again to avoid any bad surprise when receiving the good or a couple of weeks down the line, make sure to tell them that you want a strong suede lining inside.

4# Glue

Glue… mentioned over and over again. Tell them that you want proper stitching for the bag.

Handbag shop

Other tips:

– Free delivery, during the rainy season ask the shop to deliver, they will do it for free.

– Credit card 3% charge – the shop should cover the Vietnam bank charge, stand your ground

– Glue, I know I am repeating myself, ask for stitching, it is and should be free.

– Do some ground work on real vs fake leather so you will be able to tell the difference!

Where to buy a custom made leather bag in Hoi An?

Friendly bags owned by the same owners of Friendly shop is the shop in town to get a custom made leather bag.

Just like their sister shop, it is the only shop in Hoi An that only uses genuine leather and have access to the best leather available.

They have some great bags already on display in the shop but if you have a design of your own they will be able to make it for you.

I have made a handbag for my wife 2 years ago and still looking great and I have used plenty of times to make gifts for family relatives, never disappointed.

They follow the same policies as their other shop, 100% reimbursement if you are not satisfied with their products. No Like = No Pay is their slogan.

Source: collected from the Internet


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