So back to the main event of Hoi An, Tailoring! If you couldn’t tell, I’m not exactly a fashionista, and my entire
wardrobe backpack worth of clothes cost less than some guys spend on one shirt. I also have no space in my pack, so why am I even considering buying clothes here?? Well, you know what they say, when in Hoi An… So the next question is what to get made? Suits are common but I hate suits. In fact I hate formal clothes in general, and I never wear them. I wear jeans and t-shirts to work!
The first day I was in Hoi An I was walking around and went to buy a drink, not realising it was from a Tailor shop, just across the river in front of the bridge. She then wouldn’t give me the drink till I at least walked in and had a look at her shop haha, very friendly and jokingly though. I ended up getting ideas for Shorts, pants and a casual shirt, because hey they are cheap, custom, and will fit my lanky ass. I’ve pretty much been wearing the denim shorts every other day since.
Later I went to VAN’s Tailors with Ian, where he and his sister had loads of stuff made and were very happy with. I’m pretty sure it was on D Tran Phu, just down from the Japanese bridge, near some of the restaurants and opposite a statue. Van is very friendly and makes suggestions about what will and won’t work etc. You can pretty much show here a picture of anything and they will make it! You pick your style, choose materials from her shop or go with her to a material shop to pick the type and colour, add any special requests and they go off and make it!
I have been wanting a smart-casual medium weight jacket for a while, and of course I’m not going to get a leather jacket! I ended up going for WOLVERINE’s jacket Basically I found some photos of Wolverine wearing his jacket (as Logan in Origins, not the spandex X-men deal) and asked Van to make it in fake leather. It has all the details like the 3 stripe bands on the arms, a band on the bottom rim of the jacket and angled-zip chest pockets. At first I was a little worried as we could only find a bright yellow tacky looking material for the bands, but Van kept searching after I left and found just the right one.
Fair enough I’m never going to look as good in this thing as Hugh Jackman, but I recon the jacket itself looks pretty F’ing sweet I just need some colder weather so I can actually wear it in, but I have a feeling I’ll be getting plenty of that soon enough
Van also gave me a free Polo Shirt – I’ve never worn one before but it hey! It seems Yellow is the new Black, as I have about 5 yellow T-shirts now.
SO if you go to Hoi An, visit VAN’s TAILORS!
Ill add some better photos later of me wearing the jacket and other clothes!