The quality of our non iron shirts speak for itself. All I can say is you can wear it to feel the difference.

Other than the fabric, Vanda Tailors non iron shirts are made from 100% cotton, with crisp collar and cuff, felled stitch and perfect fit.

We are perhaps the only Hoi An tailor or even Vietnam tailor to offer 100% cotton fabrics that are non iron. Here are some reasons why our fabrics are so popular:

Comfortable legit cotton

Our 100% cottons are mixture of long-stape cotton, premium American cotton and other other qualified materials that give it a non-ironing finishing process. Our non-iron fabrics are OEKO tex certified, so you can be assured fabrics do not go through harsh chemical treatment.

Nobody likes to iron

Our fabrics go through a proprietary treatment process. Liquid ammonia and moist-cure process followed by post curing technique. Non iron shirts are also environmentally friendly and absorb less water.

Our non iron cotton fabric reaches up to level 4 after 30 times of washing under AATCC 124 standard. In short, your shirt has good crease resistance.

Soft Fabrics

Proper shirts should be soft and comfortable like our non iron shirt fabrics.

Reality is however different. Many cotton shirts are tough to iron. Many non-iron polyester shirts can be unbearably uncomfortable to wear in hot weather. Many polyester non iron shirts also go through harsh chemical treatment to attain non-iron properties.

Come and feel the difference of our 100% non iron shirts.

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There are plenty of options to get from Da Nang to Hoi An. However, such options are unknown to travelers.

Below are some of expats favourite airport transfer options (arranged based on popularity):

1. Private Cars

Range of private cars vary widely. If you book direct, it will usually cost 200k dong. Sometimes, you will be quoted 220k or 250k dong. If you book from any average hotel, it should generally cost 300k. Pickups will usually be Toyota or Honda Sedans.

Below are a couple of contacts:

  1. My Huy
Mobile (or Zalo and Viber): (+84)090655541
  1. Jimmyduc Nguyen

Mobile (or Zalo and Viber): (+84)09159938302

private car
A typical private car

2. Taxis

In Vietnam, metered fares accelerate at the later part of the drive. So locals generally agree upon a fixed fair for airport transfer from Da Nang to Hoi An.

Reputable taxis are Mai Linh and Vinasun. They can be easily found at the airport.

An acceptable fare is 320k-350k dong or maximum 400k dong. Of course, it differs if your plane arrives at wierd timings like 2am.

Mai Linh Taxi
Mai Linh Taxi (Image from

There is a shuttle bus service operated by reputable tour company Hoi An Express.

This is more suitable for solo travelers who can afford to wait. There are occasional complaints of delay bus departures while the company waits to “fill” more seats.

It runs hourly and cost 110k dong for a seat in their 16 seater van.  Their counters can be found easily at arrival halls.

Hoi An Express Airport shuttle
Hoi An Express Airport shuttle bus (Image from

GRAB is the largest ride hailing app of South East Asia.

There is free WIFI in the airport. So you can easily download this app without purchasing any 4G card.

A trip from Da Nang to Hoi An will generally cost about 300k-400k dong. Prices are fixed fares upfront. They constantly display booths in airports with attractive discount codes.

GRAB is generally great to use within Da Nang. In Hoi An, the drivers tend to be slow in accepting your ride requests.

GRAB vietnam
GRAB vietnam

While there are other cheaper options like public buses and motorbike taxis, I generally discourage casual travelers against taking them.

Do note the taxi scams where taxi drivers suggest stopping by jade shop or tailor shop. Some even request for “friends” to board their taxi and they’ll eventually hard sell you to buy something.

Do comment below should you have any better contacts for airport transfer options from Da Nang to Hoi An!

Image from Gazette Review

Mtailor owner’s Miles shark tank presentation had attracted lots of media attention. But mostly inputs from people who are not from the tailoring industry. I thought it might be nice to share my opinion as a MTM shirt/suit factory owner/tailor.

For those who wonder what’s MTailor is, here’s a quick recap.

Summary of Mtailor

Mtailor is the brainchild of two Stanford graduates Miles Penn and Rafi Witten. They realized that affordable tailored shirts were a hit or miss and so they saw an opportunity.

Leveraging their backgrounds in computer science, Penn and Witten wrote a computer vision algorithm that takes highly accurate measurements using only your iPhone camera by following the following steps:

One, simply prop your phone against a wall, and follow a series of voice commands that have you stand

Two, rotate in place (wearing form-fitting clothing, of course).

Last, choose your fabric, pattern, collar, and cuffs and upon checkout, your tailored shirts will arrive at your doorstep 2-3 weeks later.

Mtailor Measurement steps
Measurement steps (Image from Gazette Review)

My analysis

So am I impressed by the measurement technology? YES. Problem is taking measurements is perhaps one of the easiest part of the business.

Today there are several duplicates of this measuring concept. In Vietnam alone, there is another company called UKYS. When a new concept is copied, there must be something good.

Confusing Made-to-measure (MTM) to Off-the-rack (OTR) production

Miles explains that when the pricing was started and they were only selling 2 shirts a day, they had their prices set at a specific price. Now that they are selling thousands of shirts a month, the supply chain is still selling shirts at the same price, and Miles spent a few months trying to fix it.

In reality, there are so many variables when it comes to MTM as compared to OTR clothing. For OTR, for one design and size, you make few hundred or thousands.

Hence, you need more man-effort to check if the details are according to what customer chose. Cotton fabric shrinks. So you need another quality control staff to measure before seams are sewn in. This means extra costs.

These are just 2 or 3 small examples. In summary, there are so many more production steps and supervision needed in making a MTM shirt as compared to OTR.

Hence, if you outsource, lowering costs while maintaining quality is impossible

Now, for OTR shirts, you make tens of thousands in a single order. The retails front pay upon being satisfied with the order.

In Mtailor case, orders are only sent only when measurements are taken and details are chosen by customer. So each single order is unique, which increases the chances of error.

Now, for MTM shirt, you pay your production house for each item you sent. While Mtailor has motivation to lower costs, the production house always have incentive to cut costs. Simply because their margins are so low.

Hence, it is obvious quality will be compromised should you force the costs down while still outsourcing.

The factory they outsource to need to earn some margin after all.

With motivation to lower costs, it does not make sense for factories to hire necessary quality control staff. Most of the times, they will hire the bare minimum, which is the cutter and seamstress.

Unlike OTR shirts, I have never seen most MTM factories check their shirt measurements thoroughly. Unless they are making for their own company.

Reason is simple. For OTR, the higher the volume, the costs are lower substantially. For MTM, this is not the case. Unless the factory owner earns his decent share for their hard work in this complicated manufacturing, quality will be compromised.

Measuring is one issue, ensuring the tailors follow your measurement is another

Other than pure measurements, there are many factors like the slope of the shoulder. Any abnormalities due to some operation etc. Different allowances for different body shapes.

Other than this, you need a reliable team to make sure details are according to what customer chose. And quality is up to mark.

In the Shark Tank episode, Chris Sacca mentioned “Building a company from scratch in the United States can be incredibly difficult since there are millions of different body types. Technology might actually be the easiest part of the business.” I strongly agree.

Over a decade, I have put in so much effort improving my production process while being on the ground. Yet, while there are little mistakes, there are still errors within my production at times. I can only imagine the number of mistakes, given the Mtailor team is leaving all production aspect to some random businessman whose motivation is to cut costs.

It is so easy to market a reasonably priced MTM shirt. But the supply of GOOD MTM shirt production outweights the number of MTM shirt marketers.

I might be wrong but for Mtailor to last in this business, they have to own their in-house tailors and house or procure their fabrics.

Are you getting a suit for your wedding, to attend another wedding, or for one-off professional events? In the first place, a wedding suit for men does not have to be loud. A versatile suit that’s well-fitted and well-made can equally make you stand out.

There are many guys do not need to wear suits on a regular basis. So a versatile suit will really stretch your dollar. Here is a versatile “all-rounder” we usually recommend customers at Vanda Tailors:

  • Charcoal (or navy)
  • 110s or 120s wool
  • 2 button
  • Single breasted
  • Notch lapel
  • Properly fitting
buying a wedding suit
Example of a versatile suit

This suit will be suitable for interviews, nice dinners, professional events. Your can simple match with different shirts, ties, bowties, shoes or even jeans for more casual affairs.

For a wedding suit, if you think such a suit is too standard or boring. It will be recommended you try on suits you are thinking of. Only if you feel comfortable in that suit, think of whether you will wear it again. Then, check whether the price is worth it. To me, if you are going to wear the suit only once and is expensive, you got to think it will make sense to spend on something that brings you joy.

At minimum, you have to feel good wearing the suit.

Below will be a thought process for people who are more practical like myself

  1. What occasion are you wearing the suit for? Are you wearing for work as well?
  2. Is the fabric suitable for your climate? If the fabric is suitable for your climate. It will make sense you will wear it more often
  3. What is your budget? A good wedding suit for men require substantial investment, it will make sense to wear the suit more than once.

A wedding is not an excuse to buy a ridiculous, one-off suit. If you’ve been asked to attend a wedding, in most cases a versatile suit will most likely make the cut.

Getting cheap suits made in Vietnam can be very enjoyable experience. Labour is cheap, turn around is fast and competition is fierce.

These factors makes it a great opportunity for consumers. Just do not set expectations that are too unrealistic!

Myth 1: $100 suits (with free shirt and tie)

While there are suits sold at $100 and below. I suggest you do not waste time on those. This will mean you forgo opportunity costs on getting a quality suit that lasts.

Suits are cheap but not dirt cheap if you want quality. Yes, Labour is cheap. But good materials are not that much cheaper!

Myth 2: 1 day (or less) lead time

While it is possible to construct a decent suit in 2-3 days, chances are suits will not be properly made in less than a day.

The more time you have, the more time the tailor or seamstress can sew carefully. The less rush your fittings, the more time the tailor have to make small tweaks. Then you will receive a better fitting suit. Makes sense?

Myth 3: Don’t base your choice of tailor off one blog post or recommendation

Truth is, most customers are not suit experts. Online reviews can be fake or outdated. Besides, you do not know who’s the faceless person writing that comment.

It is best to take a few recommendations, gather some knowledge. Understand that when buying suits made in Vietnam, you generally get what you pay for (even when being ripped off). Quality suits are cheaper but not dirt cheap. Since you have made your trip to Vietnam, might as well get a great suit at great price.

4 questions to ask when buying cheap suits made in Vietnam

1.In-House Tailors      Good tailors shops do have their own tailors so that they can control the consistency of quality and workmanship. Make sure you physically see tailors working. Otherwise, the shop is just a store front that outsource to sweatshop where the owner is just a salesperson and have no concept of tailoring

2. Construction components      This is the BIGGEST difference between a good tailor and a poor one. Do ask for and check personally the components like shoulder pads, canvas, Bemberg lining etc. Many tailors actually charge cheap prices by saving on these components as most customers cannot tell. You can check the link below about how to check:
Aspects of a quality Tailor made Suits

3. Fabrics      If you are looking for pure wool, always conduct the burn test. There should not be any plastic smell and the residue should be powdery for pure wool. Most importantly though is that you must like the texture and look for the fabric. If you like what you wear, confidence will come naturally!

4. Service     Make sure the tailor is somebody who seems like they care about return business. A tailor that cares about return business is a gem. If the tailor cares, choosing the right style and getting the perfect fit can be a breeze.

A visit to Hoi An or Vietnam is a great opportunity to get custom-made clothes or suits. Know what to look out and you can receive quality shirts or suits made in Vietnam!

In Hoi An shopping can easily get out of control. Historically part of Silk Road, Hoi An offers plenty of souvenirs, silk products, local delicacies and tailored clothing.

The core shopping scene in Hoi An is in the midst of the beautiful well preserved buildings. Tailors make up the latest number of shops and Manequins displaying latest styles of suit and dresses are everywhere.

With so many similar shops, competition is so fierce, it has become a consumer market.

Here are our top 5 shopping tips:

Never believe a local too easily

Everybody in Hoi An will be very enthusiastic in recommending you something. This can be a tour guide, hotel receptionist or some stranger.

It is part of Vietnamese culture to get huge commissions for every sucessful referral. So when you hear some raving review by a local. It is not because the restaurant or tailor shop is good or that they care about you!

Take these recommendations with a pinch of salt. Spend some time to do research online. This way, you will increase your chances of getting better deals.

Always ask around for the best price

Many shops in Hoi An do not list prices. So when you intend to buy standard items like silk scarves or souvenirs, do check around for the best price.

Chances are many of these standard stuff are bought from the same wholesaler. You will be surprised at the difference in prices quoted.

When patronizing street food stalls, always ask for the price before buying any food. Not after you eat! Do be cautious and get a fair deal which brings us to the next point.

You pay for what you get

Rule of thumb in Vietnam: When an offer is too good to be true, it most probably is. Items like fabrics (i.e. silk) or even food (i.e. coffee) may be cheaper in Vietnam, but prices are not ridiculously low like what some foreigner think it is.

For tailor shops, it is easy to find a cheap suit or shirt. However, chances are the cheap suit is made from cheap material and outsourced to some sweatshop.

Using this example, buying a reasonably prices yet good quality suit is better than buying a dirt cheap suit you will never wear!

End of the day, compare value rather than comparing prices.

You do not always pay for what you get!

Contradictory? When you pay a high price, it does not always mean you are getting a great deal.

Hoi An shopping scene is fiercely competitive as many sell similar stuff. Hence, many shop-owners scrape for low margins. However, when they spot an unsuspecting customer, they are sharp enough to over-quote prices. This is how they pay rent!

There is a reason why many shops (including big ones) do not list prices!

Support ethical production!

Many shops (mainly tailor shops) rely on cheap outsourcing. All they do is pass fabrics to sweatshops

Many customers do not know it is the inside of the shirt and suit that largely determines the quality. Many tailor storefront know that and attract customers by charge low prices for tailored shirts and suits and then save on the “inside”. A good suit needs to be constructed with good fabrics, but natural horsehair canvas, bemberg lining and hesla shoulder pads. A good shirt needs high quality double-ply lining to makes the collars, cuffs and placket soft yet sturdy so that it has a professional look.

When shopping for tailors in Hoi An, it is important to skip the middlemen. Sweatshops charge very low per piece prices and usually squeeze out profits by rushing on orders and saving on workmanship.

With these tips, we certainly hope when all readers visit Hoi An Shopping can be a breeze!

Many Vietnamese tailors shops claim they sell suits with the finest fabric in Vietnam. Many of these shops even claim “Our fabrics are imported from Italy, Japan or America etc.”


150usd for Italian 100% wool suit or 30usd for imported Egyptian Cotton anyone? Really?


If an offer is too good to be true, it most probably is. Sometimes, there is a fine line between getting a good deal and getting cheated.

There is also not many customers who are well informed with knowledge about fabrics. Many have limited access to information. Mainly unreliable sources or travelers (not professionals!) in forums or blogs.


Holland & Sherry Fabric Label
Credits: Holland & Sherry Fabric Label

This is why so many tailor shops in not just Vietnam but Asia get away with such lies.

So why do these tailor shops lie?

In Hoi An, the tailoring capital of Vietnam, many shops choose the easy option of lying to customers and then buying shirt and suit fabrics from nearby local vendors (see illustration on left).


This way, tailor shops do not need to spend on fabric inventory and save cost.

Hoi An Fabric Shop
Above: Typical Hoi An Fabric Shop

Wow! Cost Savings! Sounds Good?


Sadly, fabric in Vietnam sold in your average market is generally poor in quality.


Many tailor shop owners actually do not have much knowledge about fabrics. It is also a Vietnamese culture to think a cheap deal is a great deal. Many owners love to bargain a lot at fabric shops too.


Problem is demand for poor fabrics is high and demand for good values is low. All because of the mindset that cheap fabrics is better. Just because it’s cheaper. This way, both the tailor shop and the fabric vendor can enjoy a bigger markup if the customer cannot tell the difference.


So it makes sense that fabric shops sell poorer fabrics cause demand is high and profit margins are higher. Besides the tailor shop owners can’t tell the difference anyway!

So how do you buy good fabrics?

hy You May Soon See More Goods Labeled ‘Made in Vietnam’
Photo: luong thai linh/European Pressphoto Agency

Today, many reputable fabric mills from Japanese, Korean and Chinese are scrambling into Vietnam to meet the surge in demand for fabrics. The demand are mainly from these huge garment factories, many of which are designer labels.

The same quality fabric in Vietnam are then rebranded and sold under seperate entity under the fabric mill and distributor!

However, to have access to these quality suit fabric suppliers, we have to maintain good relation, have proper factories and promise them consistent orders. Something that not many tailors in Hoi An or Vietnam are unwilling to do.

Fabrc mill
Phone picture of Fabric mill

These mills or factories have high standards when it comes to processing fabrics, so you can be assured you receive quality products.


We work directly with the same mills as your designer labels. By working direct, we skip the middlemen so you can bring cost savings to customers.

What are some brands of suit fabric in Vietnam I should know ?

1. Vitale Barberis Cananico

Yes, this is not a Vietnamese brand but if you insist on imported fabric, VBC is your best bet. There is high inventory supply of their S110s in Vietnam and you can sometimes get a good deal for their fabric in Vietnam.

For most other fabric brands, they charge fixed price worldwide. But in Vietnam, these similar fabrics will cost at least 13% more due to import taxes & VAT. Vietnam has to do this to protect its dominance in the clothing and fabric export industry.

This means it cost less to buy these same fabrics back in your country!

Tip: If you are transiting Singapore you can check out N J Bhagwan who distributes fabrics for Soktas, Holland & Sherry and many exclusive brands.

2. Dolce & Taylor

This might be a brand unheard of outside of Vietnam but this is one of the best suit fabric in Vietnam. Many are also the same ones used for top designer brands.

The main company own several garment factories and fabric mills in Vietnam and created a separate brand “Dolce & Taylor” to redistribute fabrics so they can reduce their costs for raw materials.

If you do not care about brand, their 100% wool fabrics is comparable to many “Made in Italy” brands. A fair price for their 2-piece suits will be US$400

3. Laverton

This brand is popular for its 95% wool-5% bamboo combination which is very suitable for summer suits. They do not carry a wide range of designs so they can focus on their production quality.

4. Silver Fox / Glendale/ Hugo

These are prominent brands but mainly from established mills from China that are owned by Taiwanese owners.  These fabrics are very popular in Hong kong.

In my opinion, English or Italian fabrics are slightly better but fabric in Vietnam are worth a try. The price difference is just to much as compared to the quality difference.

Still, a quality 100% wool suit fabric in Vietnam is not dirt cheap.  So you have to do your homework like conducting the burn test to avoid being scammed. You also have to like the fabric because ultimately, the person wearing the suit is yourself.

So the next time, if any tailor shop promises you 100% wool fabric in Vietnam  or even Italy or England at great prices, walk away!

You’ve invested in a stylish leather bag, which you admire and love! As with anything else, time and general elements will want to make their mark and your beloved bag will start the aging process. Certain leather product types just get better with age, but all kinds will give you added years with just a basic level of care.

There are different kinds of leather and different kinds of finish requiring different kinds of specialist care. If the manufacturer of your bag has given instructions then observe and take heed! A few general everyday caring tactics will help to ensure that your cool leather bag remains in top condition.

A good leather conditioner applied every couple of months will go a long way to help on day to day maintenance. Like anything else the best form of attack is defence. Try as much as possible to keep your leather handbag away from direct sunlight, rain, dusty and dirty environments. For when this just can’t be done, follow these simple hacks.

1. If Your Leather Bag Gets Wet

If you get caught in the rain and your bag gets very wet, dry it carefully in a warm dry area, near to (but not on) a radiator. Direct heat contacting the leather bag can cause it to dry excessively, crack, and go stiff. If it is excessively wet, then it is best to empty it and stuff it with something that will help to maintain the shape.

2. Waterproofing a Leather Bag

As much as possible, try to keep your leather bag dry. This is not always possible though, so add a treatment of water barrier cream or oil, which can be purchased from supermarkets or leather specialist outlets. Make sure that the said oil is appropriate for the kind of leather that you are treating.

3. For a Natural Vintage Leather Bag that Dried Out Over Time

If your vintage leather bag dries out after time just with the natural elements, it may start to feel rough. It can also be a result of being artificially dried too many times. To keep your leather bag in its best condition, it is important to exchange the herbal oils which will have been washed away. A natural colored vintage leather bag may just need a drop of vegetable or rapeseed oil depending on manufacturer’s guidelines.

Other colored and polished bags will require specific leather lotion for the job. Check here and don’t make short cuts, it could permanently stain the leather. Whenever using any kind of cream or oil, try it out of sight first, just to be on the safe side.

4. For the Natural Leather Aroma

With new leather bags sometimes comes that special aroma.  It’s part of the rich experience associated with buying real leather. When the production process uses natural oils rather than chemicals the aroma can be a little overwhelming for some. If the novelty should wear off before the scent does then here are a few ideas:

  • A simple freshener such as Febreze. A quick short spray inside the bag, being careful not to soak it. Try a little at first and if after 24hrs you need more, then do it a little at a time.
  • Use baking powder. Leave an open pack of baking powder inside the bag, which will absorb a large amount of the smell. Depending on the kind of bag that you have, a light dusting inside could also go a long way.
  • Leave the bag in an open airy environment. If it’s closed then it will just keep absorbing its own smell. If you can leave it outside in fresh air, then this will help very much.
  • Odor eaters for shoes. If it can kick the smell of feet then it can certainly help the leather aroma.

5. Treating Scratches in Leather

These can be authenticating marks in natural goat leather. Typically they are light scratches on the surface, and are hallmarks that make your bag unique. This adds to the delightful appeal of distressed and vintage leather. However, if you prefer, these can sometimes be reduced just by rubbing it with your finger. Alternatively, a drop of vegetable oil, sunflower oil, baby oil or rapeseed on cotton wool rubbed over the scratch can reduce its appearance (if you really want to!)

On polished or treated leather, a scratch can look very much out of place. Products like boot polish, Vaseline, or saddle soap may treat this. When applying any kind of liquid treatment always work in the direction of the grain, otherwise you could leave it badly marked. Any kind of application can alter the appearance of leather so give it a try in an out of sight area first.

Face cream and balm can also help to remove a scratch. Usually it’s just a case of blending the scratch in with the rest of the leather. Check coloring when using any kind of cream, by trying it out in a hidden area.

6. General Tips

  • Dye from dark clothing can rub off on light colored leather and be very difficult to remove. Careful with the colors!
  • If you have just applied hand cream then let it dry before picking up your leather handbag, otherwise the grease can stain it.
  • Keep you handbag stuffed if you are not going to use it for a while.
  • Try to keep your leather bag free of dust, if it came with a protective cotton bag then use it!  If not, you could try a pillow case.