One More Hoi An Tailor Experience

I had this favorite black tee shirt copied by the tailor that our hotel recommended. You can see the result below.

It’s just okay. I love the fabric feel and color, and the double panel of fabric in the front prevents the Strum Strum Factor. However, the neckline is weird, especially at the back, and the copy is slightly baggier than the original. It would have benefited from a few tweaks, but I disliked this tailor so much that I waited until the last minute to pick it up, knowing there would be no time for alterations.

Here’s why I won’t be going back to this tailor. When I decided only to have this one top made for $30, the shop owner said, “You are wasting our time and your time.” He insisted he was only joking when I almost walked out. I didn’t want to deny the saleswoman a sale since she had been working with me for quite a while, but the owner’s comment spoiled the experience for me. (Nothing after the jump.)


  1. warhol01 says:

    Where is the original t-shirt from? It looks like one I would love.

  2. Darlene C. says:

    Grace Elements. I found this one at Syms. Filene's Basement had the cap-sleeved version of it in a lot of colors, but I love the sleeves on the one I bought.

    (I mentioned it on April 28 just after I bought it here:

  3. warhol01 says:

    Thank you! I'm new to your site – I found it after hearing you on NPR and was so excited to hear about your business plan I hunted you down on the web. When will your shirts be available for sale?
    Sorry to ask you another question but I'm at my wits end – I'm looking for an inexpensive suit or a dress/blazer combo for interviewing (I live in Brooklyn) if you could point me in the right direction, I'd greatly appreciate it.
    Looking forward to you next post!

  4. Darlene C. says:

    I'm so glad you found my blog! The goal is September launch, but let me know if you'd like to try on a sample ahead of that time to give me feedback.

    One of my fit models has been going on a lot of job interviews, so I asked her your question, and she's going to get back to us. I've always settled for Anne Klein, Ann Taylor and Jones New York suits in a larger size that I leave unbuttoned.

    Rebecca & Drew and Moi-Meme are good made-to-measure options, but they don't meet the "inexpensive" criteria.

    Unfortunately, Eris Apparel doesn't even seem to be available on ebay anymore. An attorney friend of mine really liked her jackets. I'll keep looking. Let us know what YOU find!

    (What about this Bravissimo option, or do you need a darker color?