Post # 1
Any Vietnamese and/or Chinese brides out there who bought their traditional outfits locally in Vancouver? My parents aren’t going to VN or HK anytime soon, nor am I. So buying locally seems to be my only option. Any good places to recommend? Any places to avoid f’sure.
I know people can say "Richmond" or "Chinatown’…. but alas, I wouldn’t know a good place in Richmond or Chinatown if it hit me. I need a specific place.
Post # 3
Hi hi hi!
I haven’t shopped for my cheong sam yet… but I’ve been asking tons of people where they went. The first two came highly recommended.
KK Boutique on E Pender
Ochi in Chinatown (I can’t remember which street she said it was on)
LT Fashion on Victoria Dr
I’m probably going to check out the first two, but since my wedding is still a year away, I’m not going to shop until March or April.
Post # 4
thanks for the recommenations! that’s extremely helpful, Strawberrybaby! my wedding is still a year away too so I guess I shouldn’t worry about it yet! 🙂 Do these stores just sell ’em or do they custom make ’em too?
Post # 5
I’m pretty sure that at KK and Ochi you can have it made. (Ochi for sure) And even then, from what I heard it only takes 1.5 to 2 months at the most.
Something else a friend of a friend told me was that she got her fabric for her cheong sam at Rocco Fabrics in iittle India. $40 for all the materials (and some left over) Then she found a seamstress to make it for her.
I’m probably going to have my cheong sam made b/c I’m super short. I might go scout places out next month if I have time. If I do, I’ll msg you and let you know how it goes.
Post # 6
I checked with my mom and Ochi is on E Pender as well. 🙂
Post # 7
I bought mine at KK Boutique in Chinatown (E Pender). 🙂
Post # 8
I went to check out 3 stores in Chinatown this weekend.
Ochi has two locations on Pender (between Main and Columbia) the two locations are across the street from each other. The newer Ochi has a bubble tea cafe in the front half of the store (so weird). Both have cheong sams, but in a few months, the plan is for the newer Ochi to carry all the bridal-related cheongsams and bridal gowns as well. The styles that they carry in the store are traditional. Prices off the rack range from about $70 to $130. They can custom make a cheong sam to your measurements which is an extra $30 on top of the price of the dress. They take your measurments and have the dress made in Beijing. It takes about two months. The service there was great and the materials of the dresses were nice (not too flimsy or cheesy)
Next I went to KK Boutique which is also on Pender. The store is small and packed full of dresses. The prices are about the same. The service was not as good, as there was only one person there in the whole store. They had traditional dresses to try on, but also mermaid, A-line, halter and strapless style cheong sams. I tried on all the non traditional ones and decided that I wanted a traditional cheong sam. Also, I did not like the fabric selection at KK as much (all the red fabrics were very very bright red – I was looking for something a little more subtle). They also make their gowns on site (not sent out to Beijing to have made)
The last store I visited was Rising Sun on Main Street. Very limited selection. Did not like the fabrics available. They also have the option of having a custom cheong sam made in Beijing, but the problem was that they did not have a proper fabric swatch book for me to look at.
I ended up going back to Ochi to ask them about the logistics of ordering a gown. She advised me to return in March to order my gown for August.
Hope this helps the other Vancouver brides looking for cheong sams! 🙂
Post # 9
Wow, thanks so much for this StrawberryBaby! You’re awesome for writing this review.