Post # 1
- Wedding: December 2009 - Phoenix Art Museum
i’m contemplating getting my qi pao custom made here… has anyone worked with them/heard about them? want to make sure my money is well spent!
if this isn’t such a great place, where would you recommend in the OC/LA area?
Post # 3
i tried to research for you but couldn’t find any reviews.
how did you find this place?
Post # 4
i’ve never gotten a chi pao before, but i know someone who has in temple city. you can rent or custom make your chi pao.
the address is 9417 Las Tunas Dr. Temple City, CA 91780. 626-287-6239
i think she does a lot of chi paos for the ladies in the miss chinatown pageant.
Post # 5
my mom got hers in the one in temple city. they are pretty arrogant people, pricey but my moms came out nice.
the one in rowland heights seems just as pricey too.
Post # 6
i went into the one in rowland heights today and i have to agree with MSDUCK! with their attitude, i don’t know how they get their customers from except for those pageant girls.
they weren’t pleasant when i entered the store, they didn’t want to let me try on any of the qipaos on the racks, they finally and RELUCTANTLY let me try on ONE dress after my mom commented that it’d be impossible to know whether the dress would look nice on me if i don’t try it on, they were even reluctant to tell me how much to custom-made one qipao! after i insisted, they told me it’s $280 to custom-made one.
anyway, i left the store super pissed and started to google hoping to find another one in chinatown. then, i came across a few discussion forums all mentioned how satisfied they were with efushop.com.
i sent an inquiry to efu.com, got a reply in 30min. they will even send me fabric swatches! go check it out, most qipaos are less than $150. i plan to order 1 full-length and one short qipao from them.
Post # 7
Hey just thought I’d post in case anyone else is searching for this shop like I did and comes across this post. I’m in the process of getting my qipao from vinShop right now and was pretty put off by reading people’s reviews on yelp and here, but my FMIL insisted that we go check it out and I’m glad we did!
A couple of things people have pointed out:
1. They only let you try on one dress off the rack because everything on the racks has been custom-ordered by another customer. They are not dresses that they are trying to sell off the rack; they are letting you try on someone else’s dress that hasn’t been picked up yet and if you damage it then they are screwed. So they may not even let you try on the dress that you want to because it might be completely the wrong size/shape.
2. I’ve bought custom qipaos in Shanghai before and while they can be much cheaper, I can honestly say the quality of the qipao I tried on at my fitting a couple of days ago was much better than the bargain-priced ones I’ve bought while in China. The VinShop doesn’t really bargain (they don’t need to, they get plenty of business) even though I tried relentlessly (and I often get it because I’m a white girl that speaks Chinese and knows how to bargain which people are usually pretty enamored by). The prices are between $260-$300 for a custom qipao which includes alterations (for me that was great because I’m working out before my wedding and have lost some weight since they originally measured me). Just like other custom-made experiences though, the shop-owner Anna is very flexible with customizing shapes of design-work, swapping out knot-work designs for one you prefer, adding or subtracting sleeves, neck-line, etc. You basically get exactly what you want and they have tons of fabric to choose from.
3. Some people have claimed that the owners aren’t very nice. I can’t really say that this has been my experience, although I think I understand why others may have felt that way. First of all, remember that you are in a mom-and-pop Chinese store, not a department store. You are paying for a craft, not for customer-service. If you come in insisting that you want to try on dresses without realizing that you are in a custom-made dress shop because you want to buy that day, you are missing the point of the shop which is to get the tailoring service and they’ll probably be pretty curt with you. For the non-Chinese out there looking to buy a qipao, don’t be detered by what may seem like a “not nice” person. Anna perked right up when I was speaking to her in Chinese (smiles and laughs), but her English seems somewhat limited so if her daughter isn’t there, just be patient and remember that a Chinese buying experience is usually pretty down-to-business.
4. Anna definitely knows her stuff and I have to say the qipao fits like a glove in all the right places. So if you are looking for something nicer than the ones you can get online I would highly recommend them!