(Closed) Qipao store in DC? or online store reviews?

posted 10 years ago in Beehive
Post # 4
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Newbee

Sorry, I don’t know any qipao stores in DC (try the Chinese weddings board on the Knot).

I live in NYC, and I think I’ve looked at every darn qipao store in Chinatown and Flushing.    Basically, you have two options at most qipao stores: 1. get it custom-made; or 2. get an off-the-rack and have it altered.  For the custom-made route, I would say go with Madam Din on the corner of Pell and Mott (~$400), or go to the Flushing Mall and go to Shanghai Tailoring (~$250, I think).  I’m pretty sure both do their work on site or close by, and the fabrics I saw were pretty good (and I’m comparing them to the fabrics I saw in HK, Taiwan, Shanghai).  They can also accommodate you if you are in a rush.  If you are going the off-the-rack route, then you have a few more options: Pearl River Mart, Peony Red, other stores in Chinatown I don’t have the names of off the top of my head.  In my research, it will save you about $50-$100 to go this route.  But go to the store and pick it out yourself because the fabrics can look fine in pictures but actually be really cheap.

I thought Peony Red was the most westernized looking store, but the quality is not what I expected.  They told me they send their work back to China, so if you are in a rush, this might not be a good option.

Otherwise, think about renting a qipao from a Chinese wedding studio.  I am personally still debating my options, and I think I’m going to look into this next.

Sorry for the long post…

Post # 5
Member
8 posts
Newbee

Sorry, I don’t know any qipao stores in DC (try the Chinese weddings board on the Knot).

I live in NYC, and I think I’ve looked at every darn qipao store in Chinatown and Flushing.    Basically, you have two options at most qipao stores: 1. get it custom-made; or 2. get an off-the-rack and have it altered.  For the custom-made route, I would say go with Madam Din on the corner of Pell and Mott (~$400), or go to the Flushing Mall and go to Shanghai Tailoring (~$250, I think).  I’m pretty sure both do their work on site or close by, and the fabrics I saw were pretty good (and I’m comparing them to the fabrics I saw in HK, Taiwan, Shanghai).  They can also accommodate you if you are in a rush.  If you are going the off-the-rack route, then you have a few more options: Pearl River Mart, Peony Red, other stores in Chinatown I don’t have the names of off the top of my head.  In my research, it will save you about $50-$100 to go this route.  But go to the store and pick it out yourself because the fabrics can look fine in pictures but actually be really cheap.

I thought Peony Red was the most westernized looking store, but the quality is not what I expected.  They told me they send their work back to China, so if you are in a rush, this might not be a good option.

Otherwise, think about renting a qipao from a Chinese wedding studio.  I am personally still debating my options, and I think I’m going to look into this next.

Sorry for the long post…

Post # 7
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8 posts
Newbee

Here’s the link for the Chinese weddings forum on the Knot:

http://chineseweddings.theknot.com/boards/ShowForum.aspx?ForumID=397

As for wedding studios, I only know the names of some of the biggest ones (True Love, Highlight Studio, Just Pretty, Wedding Box, Wedding One, Eternal, etc.)  but since I’m not using a wedding studio for my wedding, I can’t really tell you anything about them specifically.  I know some brides have commented on these wedding studios on the Chinese weddings forum.  Some of those brides have also ordered online (efushop.com, eaststore.com) and it seems like that is much more affordable.

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