Ho Chi Minh City has a plethora of tailor shops for you to get clothes made. Many are concentrated in the area of Pham Ngu Lao or Le Loi street. Some of them even have their own fabric shops right next door, and they’re really hard to miss. Many of these are great at what they do and have quick turnaround, however some stand out from the rest.
There are a few things you should decide on before you step into one of these stores. First, think of what you want—a dress, suit, pants? Perhaps just even a small handkerchief. Or how about an ao dai—the graceful and elegant Vietnamese national costume? There are some tailor shops that specialize in stitching these and you can check them out by clicking here.
If you can’t decide what you want, and just want something tailored for the heck of it, then you can ask the staff for inspiration. But if you do know what you want in advance, the next thing you need to do is choose the fabric. Once again, most tailor shops do have their own fabric but of course these may not be very diverse and they come at a premium. So buy it at the fabric market instead. Head over to An Dong market which is a sort of urban flea market where you can buy your usual market goodies. The second floor is a very colorful textile heaven. Once you sift through all the material and decide on your fabric, the vendors will help you out with how many meters you will need for your outfit.
An Dong Market, Phuong 9, Quan 5, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, +84 28 3097 5864
The next step is hard—finding the right tailor. But we’ve rounded up the best names in the business to make your decision that much easier.
Phan’s Custom Tailor
Phan’s is one of the best choices for getting an outfit tailored in Ho Chi Minh City—whether it be suits, uniforms, summer dresses, elegant gowns, shirts, and even accessories such as neckties, bowties and handkerchiefs. They can do just about anything, and whatever it is you want, you are guaranteed a top quality product at the end. If you’re lucky, it may be even Phan that will be designing and stitching your piece. The whole team is very fussy, ensuring with each fitting that no small detail or potential for improvement is missed. The turnaround can be fast, depending on what it is you want—sometimes even within 48 hours! Just make sure you don’t rush them and let them take their time to ensure the perfect fit.
311 Nguyễn Công Trứ, Nguyễn Thái Bình, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh City, Vietnam, +84 28 6686 2062
Tricia and Verona
Tricia & Verona is run by two sisters who have Anglicized their names to reflect their more Western sense of style. If you’re looking to get a rather daring and stand-out outfit made, then their boutique is where you should head as they have gained a reputation for putting out quality pieces of work, especially when it comes to women’s clothing. The quality of workmanship between the sisters is impressive and their turnaround can be fast if you require it. Summer dresses start at around USD$30.00, and suits at USD$160.00. The sisters are both very friendly, pay close attention to detail, are very hospitable and work fast. Their products will only exceed your expectations.
Cao Minh is another popular name in the world of tailoring in Ho Chi Minh City. They have been around since 1948 and due to their massive success, Cao Minh have various outlets across the cities providing exceptional quality and tailoring to the world. They also have a large range of high-end fabric in their stores, so get a suit tailored here—you will look a million dollars. The price here may be slightly more expensive than usual, however bespoke suit making is an art and a laborious process. One that Cao Minh has evidently mastered. Tell the staff to hang on to your measurements as you will want to redo your entire wardrobe when you start racking up compliments back home. Cao Minh will provide overseas delivery.
H&D Tailor is run by the third generation of a traditional tailoring family who have been in the business for over 30 years. The team are skilled and dedicated, professional and extremely adept with their hands and they will ensure that your tailoring experience is nothing short of flawless. The boutique stocks a wide range of premium fabrics imported from overseas countries such as England and Italy. Their turnaround is also fast, without any noticeable compromising of quality. What’s amazing is that their pricing won’t break you. For a first timer, you cannot go wrong with their top notch service.
6 Phạm Hồng Thái, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, +84 28 3824 3517