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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.
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:
- My Huy
Mobile (or Zalo and Viber): (+84)090655541 Email: email@example.com
- Jimmyduc Nguyen
Mobile (or Zalo and Viber): (+84)09159938302
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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
- What occasion are you wearing the suit for? Are you wearing for work as well?
- 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
- 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!
Dreamcatchers hold great relevance to thousands today in keeping bad dreams at bay and fighting off negative energy by boosting your mood. You can buy single pieces or chose to buy dreamcatchers wholesale depending on the needs you have. When you decide to buy at wholesale either for your personal use or for business, there are important things that you should look into so that you get the best deal for the purchase even before you part with your money.
1. Compare Suppliers and Prices
There are a number of suppliers out there, some of which make dreamcatchers and sell them and others that buy them in bulk from the makers and resell them at retail or wholesale. Buying directly from the makers could be more valuable in terms of rates that you get compared to buying the dreamcatchers from suppliers who are reselling. The more the middlemen involved the higher the prices so consider your options and choose the best path with your purchase.
2. Scrutinize the Inventory
It is really one thing to have a huge shipment of dreamcatchers and quite another to end up with high quality dreamcatchers. Find out what most buyers have to say about the inventory offered by the supplier you are interested in to ensure that you only get the best value for the money you spend. It can be disappointing to end up with a bunch of poor quality dreamcatchers hence the need to evaluate the reputation of the supplier for quality. Reviews and feedback on the supplier can go a long way in getting you the best dreamcatchers.
3. Consider the Ordering Flexibility
When buying dreamcatchers wholesale, you might not be interested in getting just one type in your order. You are most probably going to want to mix them up so you have a shipment with dreamcatchers made from different materials, different sizes and colors as well. When placing your order, consider how possible it is for you to choose a wide range and still have them shipped in one order. This is important because some suppliers could pose limits on what you can buy bulk and you do not want to end up with pieces you did not really desire to have.
4. Consider Your Shipping
Most suppliers offer shipping services, but whether the services are offered or not, make sure that you have an idea of how the dreamcatchers are going to find their way to you. Reliable service can be a little costly but it is better than choosing poor services that compromise the condition of the dreamcatchers by the time they reach you. Weigh your options in terms of the period of time it takes before you can receive your package, the rates and the freight quality. The distance that needs to be covered can help you choose the best. Consider fetching your package if you are near a supplier so you can also make quality confirmations before paying for the dreamcatchers.
When you buy wholesale white dreamcatchers, ensure that you are comfortable with the terms of the service and plan out the entire process so that you enjoy the best quality at the end.
In Hoi An, you will hear from many tailors that they use high quality fabrics. Some tailors in Hoi An 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.
This is why so many tailor shops in not just Hoi An but Asia get away with such lies.
So where do most tailors in Hoi An get their fabrics from?
Many tailors in Hoi An 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.
Wow! Cost Savings! Sounds Good?
Sadly, most local fabric vendors offer fabrics are generally poor in quality.
Many tailor shop owners actually do not have much knowledge about fabrics. Besides it is 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.
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?
Many do not know that most designer clothing are actually made in Vietnam. In fact, many experts have predicted that the already huge clothes manufacturing industry is poised to surge in Vietnam and overtake China.
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.
Unfortunately quality yet affordable fabrics do not come to us just like that. These reputable fabric mills or traders usually only entertain big factories. Hence, typical tailors in Hoi An will not have access to these fabrics.
With about 20 years of wholesale and manufacturing experience, we have built great relationships with these reputable mills. We have also built expertise in sourcing, inventory and logistics planning to make this even possible.
Unlike brands like Zegna or Holland & Sherry that own their own mills, many designer brands procure their fabrics from reputable mills. These fabric mills actually supply your same designer labels like Hugo Boss and Armani.
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.
Frankly, buying great fabrics at affordable prices requires effort. Lots of them.
This is how we are able to offer great fabrics at affordable prices!
Why not use imported fabrics?
Usually, most S.E.Asian fabric distributors for imported fabrics are from Singapore and Hong Kong because low taxes. So during one of our traveling tailor service trips in Singapore, we contacted the sole distributors of these brands.
After some tough consideration, we did not purchase these branded or designer fabrics for three simple reasons:
1. HIGH IMPORT TAXES
For these 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!
2. GREAT EXISTING SUPPLIERS
We know our suppliers are providing us and our customers great value. They own their own mills to produce great quality fabrics. High quality enough to pass the strict criteria of some of your favorite designer labels.
We believe this is the only way to purchase great quality but affordable fabrics in Vietnam. Very few tailors in Hoi An use the same suppliers we do. So we are 100% sure our prices are very competitive for the fabrics and workmanship we offer.
3. NOT WORTH PAYING THE EXTRA
If you ask me, are the fabrics from these famous brands better than my fabrics? I would say yes but only marginally better. However, the price difference is huge! Truth is we will be paying more for the branding rather than the quality difference itself.
To me, workmanship makes a much bigger difference. I know of many tailors in Thailand or Hong Kong that offer fused suits with genuine imported fabrics. To me, this is like buying a Ferrari (at Ferrari price) with a Toyota engine!
Ultimately with proper after care, our shirts and suits can also make you look great and last for many years. That is the Vanda Tailors promise.