24.01.2013 - 30.01.2013 26 °C
Both Cath and I were very keen to take up any good opportunities of getting some outfits and suits made somewhere in Asia. Hoi An is the perfect place for this with a fantastic reputation for great work and good value for money, as well as variety, with over 400 tailors in a small town of less the 50,000 permanent inhabitants, we had plenty of options.
After a lot of online research we decided to go for a tailor called Kimmy's they seemed to have a lot of excellent reviews and only very few horror stories so we thought we'd give it a go. As we arrived they handed Greg a catalogue of designs to chose from and within seconds panic set in - lapel shape, standard or slimfit? two buttons? three buttons? single or double vent? too many choices and I could see him getting ready to back out the door. Luckily a friendly Vietnamese sales assistant sat Greg down and took him through the process step by step to find a suit that suited his body type.
After breathing a sigh of relief - he had chosen the perfect suit - and then it was on to the fabrics. . . Cotton, wool, cashmere, silk? Blend or no blend? Stripes? Checks? Herringbone? The options were literally endless. But this time Greg had gained momentum and began enjoying the process so breezed through the selection process and chose a pale grey cashmere/wool suit. Now all we had to do was wait to see the work in progress - first fitting booked for the next evening.
The next day we nervously attended the fitting and they unveiled a fully finished suit and shirt - amazing! The suit was near to a perfect fit - just needs a few alterations on the back and legs but the finish was very professional and Greg looks very smart! And with that, another suit, a few more trousers, sports jacket, shirts and shorts etc. were commissioned.
Next up was a suit for me, Greg gave me a few pointers on what he thought would look good and I decided to try a different tailor that specialised in ladies attire. We found a tailor who had the perfect jacket displayed in their shop window so I strolled in to start negotiations. They got to work showing me the options and adapting the design to fit my shape and I walked out happy and excited!
Greg, jumping back in here, Cath's task was to find herself a "knock out punch left hook outfit"! And that she did, after all the fitting sessions and adjustments etc, and a look at the finished result, she looks absolutely stunning and now has a strong left and right hook of an outfit.
The excitement grew and a few more outfits - dresses, jackets and sandals were all sourced, materials and style selected and fitted. Very pleased with the end results! All the work was excellent and fitted perfectly! And again very good value for money. 1 suit in London would easily equate to 3 suits out here in Hoi An and all custom made with really good materials and workmanship. So I think we will back here one day. Although they keep your measurements on file for 3 years and if you want to order online they can all support that kind of request to.
We had noted that we had over-packed big time. I have no idea why I am dragging a pair of flippers, jackets and loads of other stuff all around tropical Asia when it's so cheap and easy enough to hire the stuff if need be. So all these items together with all our custom made clothing shoes etc. were all wrapped up and boxed ready for shipment to Aus, at a very reasonable price. So hopefully by the time we get to Aus, we will have a brand new outfit to do the two step into all the job interviews