Matt spotted a jacket he really liked and went in to try it on. I admit, he looked pretty good in the coat. He decided to get one custom made for him. Matt had his measurements taken and fabric picked out. It would be ready the next afternoon.I blame Matt for the outcome.
The whole process was a bit fascinating to me and what girl doesn’t want new, pretty things in her closet…even if her current closet consisted of a backpack filled with dirty clothes most of the time?
The next day, a brand new custom made jacket was in Matt’s possession. The quality of the coat was fantastic and fit Matt very nicely. Matt was happy and I? Well, I was quite jealous.
Armed with photographs of dress designs from the internet that I liked, Matt and I went into store after store, trying to find a good tailor. Every store had more or less the same designs, fabrics and pricing. And frustratingly, every store also had very pushy and aggressive salespeople.
I was about ready to give up. I couldn’t deal with another saleslady following me around the shops, trying to get me to try on every single piece, telling me that whatever I was trying on looked perfect on me.
We walked into the nearest shop, a small and unassuming place, and it was absolutely perfect! Shop 45 and it’s laid-back owner made it so much fun to pick out my fabric and colors, deciding which would look best for each different design. Huyen put no pressure on me from the moment we stepped in. I asked her if she could produce the dresses I had in mind and she offered advice on type of fabric, color and fit, all without being pushy, aggressive or desperate. I knew right away that I had found my tailor!
In less than three days, I had three completed dresses and one amazing coat in my possession. They were all gorgeous, better than what I had expected and I was a very happy girl with new pretty things to put in my “closet,” or rather, Matt’s already overpacked backpack. I was absolutely astounded by the work the seamstresses at Shop 45 had done! The dresses were exactly as pictured, but tailored with all my little specifications.
* To find Huyen and Shop 45 in Hoi An, follow the river north, past the market. Shop 45 is located on 45 Hoang Dieu Street. If you go, please tell the ladies that Connie and Matt say hello!
So, what do you think of my purchases?
© Connie Hum 201