World's Best Bargain Shopping

by Colleen Clark

Made-to-Order Clothes, Vietnam

Bespoke clothing and bargain shopping are rarely compatible. But in the picturesque UNESCO World Heritage town of Hoi An, you'll find hundreds of tiny shops that will copy your favorite duds, sew designs pulled from fashion magazines, or create Westernized versions of traditional ao dai tunics. The biggest act in town is Yaly Couture, which goes so far as to employ body scanning machines to ensure precise fits. You'll pay a bit more here, but the tailors have a good eye for Western cuts; there's a wide selection of high-quality cashmeres, wool, and silk; and their turnaround times are reliable. Another popular shop is Thu Thuy Silk, which constructs custom suits and dresses in 24 to 36 hours. Prices here start at about $10 for custom skirts and shirts and can range upward of $180 for men's suits, depending on the fabric. If you're spending only a few days in Hoi An, get the tailors started on your new wardrobe before sightseeing around town—it may take more than one alteration to get the right fit, and you can't brag about bespoke if it turns out baggy!

Yaly Couture
47 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street (and other locations)
Tel: 84 510 391 4995

Thu Thuy Silk
60 Le Loi Street
Tel: 84 510 386 1699

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