In Saigon, or let’s say Vietnam, there’s no Zara, no Forever 21, no “not bad” shops following the trends at a cheap price. Other than Mango or Top Shop, alternatives are the little shops by designers or Instagram/Facebook online shops. They range from very cheap to ultra expensive, but here is my list of shops worth to have a little visit.
They’re not all my kind of style, but they might be yours, so put your walking shoes on, there’s a lot to see!
I will post another article about the online shops.
Kill two birds with one stone: 26 Ly Tu Trong building
There’s another store, but I really wanted to focus on TGIF & Libé
Thank God I’m Fabulous
Cute little store by Tu-Anh, sweet girl & always busy, we don’t catch up a lot, but her store is worth a visit!
Address: Room 16, 1st Floor, 26 Ly Tu Trong, Q1, Ho Chi Minh | facebook.com/TgiFab
I always loved their Instagram account and was attracted to a few tops, but always was lazy to stop by, but that day was THE day. I ended up getting a super cute pink scarf with monkey faces on it and a colourful top. For a total of 320,000 VND, I am a happy customer. Simple things, good quality and cheap.
While you’re there, don’t forget to grab some souvenirs for your friends and family!
They have a large selection of nice imported goods and the only place (legit place) I know that sell the Herschel bags if that’s what you are looking for! Always new stock, make sure to also stock your wallet of money because you would want to buy everything in the store!
Speaking of souvenirs, a post is coming up soon for Where to buy souvenirs in Saigon.
You have a hipster look? Grudgy? Edgy? Whatever you call it or whatever style you define yourself as, Mayhem Saigon, one of the first vintage and thrift store in HCMC, has what you need. Worth a visit while you’re in town! For men: 15$ long sleeve shirts with beautiful colors of patterns, you will want to buy them all!
Read my blog post about Mayhem Saigon, located at 136/10 Lê Thánh Tôn.
Right at the opposite of L’Usine at Dong Khoi, go up the stairs and you will find few shops and cafes. Devon London is one of them. If you’re the type that likes to find designers from all around the world, Devon is one of those brands you might want to have a close look!
3A Station shops
As I was showing this area to Nayiri & Dillon, I stepped in this store because of the tee on the mannequin. I somehow like the triangles and they drew me in the store. My impressions of the store? Some would like this, so I recommend you to have a look while you’re there, but I didn’t find anything that day!
Address: 3A Tôn Đức Thắng , Q.1 Ho Chi Minh
The Blue T Shirt
I have mixed feelings about this shop. They sell beautiful classic and simply pieces. Why I am not a big fan is the high price for so simple. Again, my opinion is entirely bias with the fact I am living out of a suitcase and getting a simple piece over 500k is always too much for me! Have a look though, they have 2 locations, one at 3A Station.
3A Station Shops
Within the Station itself are several shops. I wont name them all, just go have a look at all of them! Great spots to find souvenirs and decoration for home. The Sadec store in there is a Gem, make sure to stop by there!
High Cut Boutique
Saigon is all about simplicity, yet here another shop with basic clothes.
T H U C
Simply in love with this designer. Affordable, made with care, colourful. I am a proud owner of few pieces of T H U C designs and will look forward for more! You can also find T H U C at Mayhem Saigon, located at 136/10 Lê Thánh Tôn.
Linda Mai Phung
Her designs are inspired by the craftsmanship of Vietnamese ethnic minorities from the North and by her multiple travels around the world. Linda Mai Phung is a French-Vietnamese girl that started her own brand in 2010. You can see in all her collections the inspiration from tribes’ textiles. Her products are all handmade, eco-friendly & supports the livelihood of the tribes since she sources her materials directly from the villages. Her clothes can be found in HCMC at Ginkgo in the Backpacker District. Check out her website for more shops where you can find her clothes all around the world! PS: She is now doing a crowd-funding campaign, you can support here: www.ulule.com/lindamaiphung-fashion
Beautiful shop and especially their Instagram account. Inspiring folks with simple style. Check them out!
urbanistasaigon.com | Address: 0949964540 | Phone: 1st Floor, 153 Nguyen Thai Binh Str., Dist 1, HCMC | facebook.com/urbanistasaigon | instagram.com/urbanistasaigon
Valenciani by Adrian Anh Tuan
I always have heard about this designer, but never really had a better look than at the Vietnam Fashion Week I attended last year. Not particularly my style, but few dresses are lovely and I would totally wear them. Very proud to see Vietnamese designers getting more and more attention & finally having the first proper Fashion Week.
Dress Up Corner
Dress Up Corner has perfect sets for chic hangouts. Here are my favorites. Make sure to check it out!
More to come