Chocolate, Fashion & Souvenirs
Made with Love in Hoi An – What could that be? What do you think about having a tailor-made banana shirt or watermelon suit? Sounds ridiculous? Well, Hoi An offers you a wide range of fashion and taste.
But, no worries when fruit salad pattern is not your style, our little town at the beach has some awesome green and sustainable brands I would like to introduce to you. And if you have a sweet tooth like me, I got you covered. So, let’s start.
Weave the Wild – From the Hilltribes of Vietnam to the Heart of your Home
Do you want to spruce up your home? Lean back on comfy pillows, bright colored carpets or make yourself a present with one of the gorgeous handbags.
Weave the Wild is your colorful choice to bring selected Vietnamese hilltribe design into your home. Cozy, chic and 100% fair trade.
“From the remote hill tribes of Vietnam to the heart of your home – Weave the Wild brings you increasingly rare hand embroidered batik textiles from H’Mong and Dzao women. Our products hold stories and tales worth telling, traditions we treasure and cultures we honour.
At Weave the Wild, we keep these crafts, stories and traditions alive by sharing them with people like you. Each purchase directly supports the families and communities of the talented women who created them.” Megan, founder of Weave the Wild
Where to shop: MARCH Gallery, 25 Phan Boi Chau, Hoi An, Vietnam. Opens Mon-Sun 10am-1pm and 2pm-6pm
Weave the Wild, Photo by Adam Kemp, More than Food Magazine
Metiseko – It’s a Journey
Metiseko, Photo by Boris Zuliani, Noi Pictures Agency
One of the most fashionable, iconic and must-have styles of Hoi An are found at Metiseko. The french-vietnamese clothing brand focus on creative and luxury fashion. Metiseko is founded by Erwan and Florence.
“Metiseko traces their roots back to the ancient town of Hoi An, with inspirations from local traditions and landscapes. The brand creates their unique patterned fabric using organic cotton and sustainable mulberry silk from ethical sources that respect both social and environmental principles.” Erwan, co-founder of Metiseko
Where to shop: Metiseko, 140-142 Tran Phu, Hoi An, Vietnam. Opens Mon-Sun 8:30am-9:30pm and Metiseko at Victoria Beach Resort Hoi An, Au Co, Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An, Vietnam.
Mother Herb – It’s all about Passion
Every scarf is a unique combination of colors, stitching and fabric. At Mother Herb, the designers focus on the ethnic minorities of Vietnam that shine bright in indigo and natural colors. The unisex items are a timeless souvenir, either for you or your loved ones.
“Each design reflects my own personality as I think about color combination, fabric and the individual stitching of each item. The final product tells the story of the ethnic minorities, as illustrated in the use of the indigo and embroidery pieces, combined with my favorites in fashion. There won’t ever be two designs that look the same, as I won’t ever be able to find two exact pieces of ethnic fabric.” Franzi, founder of Mother Herb
Where to shop: MARCH Gallery, 25 Phan Boi Chau, Hoi An, Vietnam. Opens Mon-Sun 10am-1pm and 2pm-6pm.
Mother Herb, Photo by Mother Herb
BLOOM, Photo by Frank Raveling
Our friends Frank, My and Thuy from BLOOM have created a unique selection of products made in Hoi An that ranges from organic coffee and tea to wooden cutlery and linen products. A travel kit including bamboo straws, chopsticks, cutlery and a bamboo tooth brush all packed in a little bag is one of the best sellers.
“In our little shop BLOOM you’ll find a selection of local coffee beans, chocolate; eco-friendly and sustainable products which are made in around Vietnam. Come in to taste the Vietnamese flavors or to get your souvenirs fix!” Frank co-founder of BLOOM
Where to shop: Rosie’s Café, 8/6 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Hoi An, Vietnam. Opens Mon-Sat 9am-5pm
SAPO – Natural Handmade Soap Hoi An
At SAPO you get hand-made skincare products and beautiful soap bars in zero-plastic packaging. Did you know you can get shampoo and conditioner soap bars? (I did not know) The product range also includes soaps for your laundry – the perfect travel kit!
“SAPO’s aim is to bring nature back into our daily lives using traditional home-made recipes and methods. Among our products, you will find everything you need for daily skincare. Our soap and skincare range are made of pure vegetable oils, butters, local plant extracts, organic edible ingredients and pure essential oils, which provide powerful benefits but are harmless to the skin for all of your family members including young children and the elderly. Environment-friendliness and sustainability are also our great concern and we try to use packaging that has minimum environmental impact.” Megumi, founder of SAPO
Where to shop: Rosie’s Café, 8/6 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Hoi An, Vietnam. Opens Mon-Sat 9am-5pm and U Café, 120 Huyen Tran Cong Chua, Cam Chau, Hoi An, Vietnam. Opens: Mon-Sun 8am-9pm
SAPO, Photo by SAPO
T-BROS CHOCOLATE – Fair trade and organic Chocolate
There are two brothers behind T-BROS CHOCOLATE who help farmers in different areas of Vietnam to grow organic world-class cacao. The chocolate bars come in different chocolate content and flavours. One of our favorite is the cacao-coconut powder, the perfect treat for rainy and cold days!
“We give farmers the right to own quality chocolate. We have comitted to secure income for farmers and we pay a price that is much higher than the market price, even more than double the price. As a result, our farmers are encouraged to improve the quality of agricultural products. They take responsibility to deliver greatest quality, have an impact on the final product and choose seeds and grains that give each sort of chocolate the characteristical taste of the region. Truong Minh Thong, Co-founder of T-BROS
Where to shop: Hub Hoi An, 105 Le Thanh Tong Street, Cam Chau, Hoi An, Vietnam. Opens Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. And many other places in town!
T-BROS CHOCOLATE, Photo by Sarah Kuhlemann
Are there any other places in town with outstanding, fair-trade or sustainable products?
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