Bad tailor in Hoi An - "Chic"

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11. Posted by Rohan 1 (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


I'm disappointed to read this thread, having recently purchased 4 suits from Chic in Hoi An.

I was recommended them by two other English couples.

All of the suits were and are excellently cut. I am extremely fussy about suits, I have to wear them every day and I used to work on Saville Row.

They are all double stitch, slim fit and look like they will wear well.

The service was absolutely perfect (including Mr Bu)
and to be honest it looks like there may be two sides to your story.

These 4 suits cost me £160 including postage, not even close to half on the price of one suit in London.

I would have no hesitation recommending this tailor.

12. Posted by kenmc (Full Member 80 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Indeed there are 2 sides to the story, mine, and Mr Bu's. And unless Mr Bu has found this thread and created himself an account, I doubt he will be replying.

As I said in the original post, everything was hunky dorey until there was a problem with the clothing - if they manage to make the clothing to your standards then you will never experience the problems we experienced. Mr Bu was extremely nice and friendly the first couple of times we met him. The fact that he drove down the street after us on his scooter shouting abuse just shows how bad the situation turned when things were no longer going his way and we were unhappy with the poor quality of a "simple" (his words initially) pair of linen trousers.

You had a good experience, super, I'm delighted for you. However people still need to be aware that situations can quickly go very sour, and this was the only tailor in many in Hoi An that we experienced this problem.

13. Posted by qæíety (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


Where did you work on Savile Row?

I'm surprised that you spelled it wrong, if you actually worked there.

14. Posted by Rohan 1 (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

A typo, how irrelevant to Ken's point that the man has a fiery temper and mine that he cuts a decent suit.

I worked at gieves and Hawkes when I was 19. Great fun it was too.

15. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3580 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I don't have a dog in this fight, but I am glad that Ken brought up his problem with Chic Tailors. There are so many tailors in Hoi An, why patronize one treats a customers in this manner? I have also witnessed Vietnamese going from pleasant to very angry in seconds. If you challenge them or make them 'lose face', it can get ugly very quickly. Not much fun to witness while on holiday.

16. Posted by jdasker (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I would like to add my thoughts on this topic beginning with the point of Vietnamese getting angry and losing face by yelling.After 10 visits in the last 11 years I can tell you that the general Vietnamese reaction to a problem with another person is to bring things to a head immediately,not stew over them and have pent up anger inside.I have witnessed many "explosions" only to see relations back to normal a short time later.When travelling in a foreign country it is best not to be an ignorant person who thinks that the way things are in their own country are the same everywhere.
On the subject of the quality of tailoring in Hoi An,naturally some are better than others and thankfully every one is entitled to have an opinion.What one person thinks is not up to standard may be perfectly fine for someone else.I would remind shoppers that they are not buying from the fashion houses of Milan,Paris or New York!

Lastly,on the subject of Mr. Bu and Chic, I can only say that I have always had good results with my clothes and have enjoyed the shopping experience with Mr.Bu and his staff.

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