For a mid-range tailor not located in the Old Town proper, the prices at Bao An may be considered a little high. However, the quality of tailoring is exceptional. In-shop material choice is limited, but there’s a wide selection of fabric swaps. Hien, the owner, speaks excellent English and her years of experience dealing with foreigners shows.
Situated on a prominent corner near the Hoi An Post Office, I’d always noticed Bao An on my travels through the Old Town, but it took an expat recommendation to send me knocking on the door. Opening on two shop frontages, and encompassing the positive energy flow that frequently comes from such corner positions, the open, roomy, light-filled shop is a pleasant contrast to the often dark and cramped tailor shops around.
Bao An is a family business where the skills and traditions of tailoring have been passed down three generations. “My grandfather and grandmother were tailors, and my mother started this shop 20 years ago when the first tourists came to town,” says Hien who also worked for Kimmy Tailoring, one of Hoi An’s well-known high-end tailors.
Hien’s English is excellent and her attention to detail impressive, and even though her prices are a bit cheeky the quality of tailoring is outstanding. In fact, the copies I had made were better than the originals.
Bao An rates very well on TripAdvisor with few negative comments. Would I go back to Bao An for the A-Grade tailoring? In a shot!
Price guide (all dependent upon fabric choice):
- Shirts: 25 – 50 USD
- Skirts: 30 – 40 USD
- Suits: 80 – 180 USD
- Trousers: 40 – 80 USD