Getting tailor-made garments is always a bit of a gamble — one wrong measurement and suddenly your dress won’t zip up. Errors are common with custom-made clothing, which is why we’ve done the dirty work for you and compiled a list of the most reliable tailors in Hanoi.
Vintage Boutique sells ready-to-wear and custom clothing. Photos by Emily Arntsen
For 10 years, Vintage Boutique has produced quality custom and ready-to-wear clothing as well as home décor, earning its reputation as a reliable tailoring service. An array of fabrics is available in store. Customers are also welcome to bring their own. In addition to offering the standard solid-coloured fabrics most tailors sell, Vintage Boutique also has a wide selection of bold patterned and vibrant fabrics not typically found elsewhere. Prices start at around VND300,000 for short dresses, skirts, and women’s tops. The tailors here have experience with both men’s and women’s clothing, and they speak English.
Located at 17 Xuan Dieu, Tay Ho, Hanoi. Open 9.30am to 5pm every day.
Embroidery is always a fun way to liven up your clothes, but unless you have a particularly talented grandmother, you probably don’t know anyone who can embroider a piece of clothing for you. That is, until now. 6th May specializes in hand-embroidered garments both custom and ready-made. The shop sells a variety of hand-stitched goods including dresses, tops, jeans, shoes, bras and ao dais. Embroidery details range from conventional flowers to more elaborate scenes depicting traditional Vietnamese life, but customers are also able to suggest their own embroidery designs. Ready-made dresses start at around VND1.6 million and ao dais at about VND1.25 million. For custom embroidery and tailoring, enquire by phone or Facebook.
Located at 174/165 Chua Boc, Dong Da, Hanoi. Open 10am to 8pm Tuesday to Sunday. Contact via Facebook messenger @6thMay or call 0983 311058 for more information.
At Jade Tailor, tailors and sisters Thu and Thuy emphasize co-creation, meaning the client’s ideas are essential to the design process. Jade Tailor offers a selection of fabrics at the shop, or a service where someone will accompany customers to fabric markets to find the highest quality materials and barter for the best prices. The sisters also speak excellent English, which is very convenient for foreign clients. Finished products range from about VND300,000 for a shirt to VND4 million for a suit or wedding dress, materials excluded.
Jade Tailor is located at 27-29/115 Nguyen Luong Bang, Dong Da, Hanoi. Open every day 10am to 9.30pm. Contact via Facebook messenger @JadeHanoiTailor or call 0903 452958 for more information. By appointment only.
Clom's Closet on Xuan Dieu in Tay Ho. Photos by Sasha Arefieva
Clom’s Closet and Tailort
A custom suit or a fitted dress is enough to make anyone feel like royalty, but if you’re in the market for something especially lavish, Clom’s Closet, and its men’s store, Tailort, provide the full luxury experience. Materials are imported from Japan, and the difference in fabric style and quality is apparent. Casual dresses are the top seller at Clom’s Closet, but accessories, jewellery, and ready-made clothing are also for sale. Tailort specialises in custom men’s dress clothes, but a variety of accessories like hats, ties and leather briefcases are also for sale. Prices at Clom’s Closet range from about VND1.2 million for a short dress to about VND3 million for a formal dress. At Tailort suit prices range from VND4.9 million to about VND14.9 million.
Clom’s Closet is located at 31A Xuan Dieu, Tay Ho, Hanoi. Open every day from 9am to 7pm. Tailort is located at 29 Xuan Dieu, Tay Ho, Hanoi. Open 10am to 8pm Monday to Saturday and 9am to 8pm on Sunday.
Images from Tailort, the men's tailors connected to Clom's Closet. Photos by Sasha Arefieva
Finding a bra that fits right is close to impossible in Vietnam. So many elements need to line up to ensure the perfect fit — shoulder length, back width, cup size. Lacy Lingerie eliminates this hassle by custom-making underwear that is specific to your body. Combining gorgeous laces with elegant designs, tailor Than Thi Thu Thao creates stunning bras, bralettes and panties that are almost too beautiful to wear under your clothes. Bras and bralettes range from VND180,000 to about VND500,000.
Lacy Lingerie is located at 24/46A Pham Ngoc Thach, Dong Da, Hanoi. Hours are flexible but by appointment only. Contact via Facebook messenger @lacybralette or call 01673 113688
Photos by Sasha Arefieva