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Ipa-Nima, Hanoi

17 Nha Tho Street
Hoan Kiem District
Tel: 84 4 928 7616's insider take:

Former Hong Kong attorney Christina Yu traded in her briefcase a decade ago to design an ever-changing collection of whimsical and practical handbags and purses. Her accessories, which have been snapped up by Cate Blanchett, Michelle Yeoh, and Jamie Lee Curtis, combine materials such as silk, leather, or wicker with savvy style, cheery colors, and eccentric touches like mother-of-pearl, buffalo horn, and beads, a local accent. Most of the handmade bags neatly displayed on shelves inside this pocketbook-size Church Street boutique are priced at less than $150. End-of-season sales may net you a $70 twofer—perfect for stuffing with other souvenirs.

Open daily 9 am to 8 pm.

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