Jun 14, 2017
A troop of local trendsetters are establishing Ho Chi Minh City’s hipster culture with their pop-up shops, designer stores and cafes. Here are six of the latest places to visit.
The designers at this boutique fuse culture with modernity and have captured the essence of Saigon-chic with their range of handmade handbags.
Young and fearless, the Ladan team has tackled a difficult market which is heavily saturated with cheaper alternatives, but the products’ quality have seen them grow in popularity throughout the city.
Utilising a traditional weaving method known as Dan Lat, Ladan’s collection of bags has bridged the generational gap in Vietnam, with both young and old seen flaunting the candy-coloured pocketbooks, clutches and totes on the newly revamped sidewalks in District 1.
2. The Weekend
Comprising five different stores, The Weekend offers its customers a range of experiences under one roof. It’s situated in District 7, and its repertoire includes a funky technology store, a speciality bakery and an indie boutique that carries both menswear and womenswear.
This eclectic mix is heralded by Tiem Do An Bay Nao – a restaurant serving delicious northern Vietnamese food, including melt-in-your-mouth beef coupled with traditional sticky rice. Chef Nick Do runs the eatery, which is complemented perfectly by Quinn of Cake’s lemon white chocolate tarts. A newer addition to the boutique landscape, The Weekend is a sign of the times in a city that is embracing creativity and local artisans.
3. Libe Workshop
Quickly becoming an institution, the Libe Workshop provides exclusive Vietnamese designs at affordable prices. Using a minimalist approach, Libe aims to offer their customers a range of timeless pieces which blend simplicity with character. The brand’s remarkable rise has seen it become a fashion statement of Ho Chi Minh City’s youth and its garments are must-have additions to their wardrobes.