(Closed) San Francisco brides – where to buy a cheongsam?

posted 9 years ago in East Asian
Post # 3
165 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’d like to know this too! :p

Post # 4
781 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My mom actually got mine for me in China when she visited last month, but these two places were most commonly recommended:

Dragonseed in SF Chinatown (Clay and Kearny)

Ling’s in Oakland Chinatown.

There are also websites online:



Post # 5
165 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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@CrispyRN: My mom’s going to Hong Kong to get one made for me, we’re not sure of any good places in SF Chinatown, although I know there has to be at least of handful of places there that have those dresses.

Post # 6
5 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012


I just finished doing a lot of research on this topic.I was looking for a tradiational red with dragon and phoneix.

I went to Ling Ling’s in Chinatown. I didn’t like her. She was really snobby and will only let you try on two dresses. She also doesn’t like you touching her material for the custom made dress. Off the rack dresses are 300+, a custom dress is 600+ and forgot the rental price.

I also went to Ling’s in Oakland California. They were really nice. Ling the owner does try to push off their photography package. The women was really nice but didn’t have much selection for a cheongsam. Their dress rentals were 300+ and a custom made was 1000+.

I also went to iRomance in Richmond. Not worth it.

I bought my dress at Dragonseed. You should ask for Herrietta Tam. Mr. Tam is a talker but he means well. I acutally found him amusing but people on yelp.com found him annoying. I just felt he really wanted to give you all the information about the material and the process. Custom made dress was 340 (including labor and fabric). if you have your own fabric the will only charge you for labor.


Dragonseed had the best material and cheapest price. I would recommend them but you must go with someone who speaks Chinese. If not, ask for Herrietta Tam to talk to you. I hope this helps. PM if you want pictures or have more questions.

Post # 8
228 posts
Helper bee

I bought my cheongsam at Lingling’s in San Francisco Chinatown (probably the same as Ling that others have brought up):


Other people are saying that they didn’t like her, but I thought she was fine.  A little quiet and standoffish, but not rude or snobby.  She let me try on three or four dresses.  I was with my mother, who is old-school Chinese; maybe that made a difference?

I LOVED my cheongsam — more than I loved my actual wedding dress!  I was trying to resist the typical bright red-and-gold kind, but I ended up falling in love with a red one with beautiful, intricate gold embroidery.  The one I got had some moden details like a halter neckline and a skirt that flared slightly at the knee, which I liked.  For some reason all the dresses I tried there seemed to fit/look better than ones I tried at other places.  I suspect her mirror is warped to make people look thinner (no joke!)

The dress was off-the-rack for $300, no tax.  She also had really good tailoring sense, although all I ended up getting was a hem (I’m only 4’11).

We also went to Dragonseed, but the guy was very pushy and it was kind of a turn-off.  They did have some nice fabrics, but I wasn’t sure the actual dress designs would look right on me.

Post # 9
8 posts
  • Wedding: August 2013

I bought my cheongsam for my engagement party at Dragonseed. It was custom made and how it worked was that I was measured and it was ordered from Hong Kong. It was $200 and when it came in, he agreed to do simple alterations to make it fit.  If you are looking for an off-the rack dress, or one ordered from Hong Kong, I would not recommend going here.  The options are extrememly limited and although “custom” mine did not fit very well.  The owner is very loud, very pushy, and if you understand Cantonese, very rude. He really is a diva and you have to be prepared for that.  I have recommendations on elsewhere to go and if any bride is interested, please PM me.

On the other hand, Dragonseed and Ling Ling are the only two in SF I found that will custom make dreses in house and allow you to control all aspects of it.  Despite my difficult experience, I put a $100 deposit down on beautiful fabric to have my wedding day cheongsam custom made here next year.  They have bolts of fabric that you can actually see and touch.  This is very important to me and I decided that I will deal with the owner in order to have a dress I can design and gorgeous fabric.  Also, his work appears very good as I was examining the dresses at the back of the store that were in variously stages of being constructed.

Hope that helps!  

Post # 11
111 posts
Blushing bee

I ordered one online from China (DHgate.com). It arrived within a week and cheaper, better made than anything I found in both Chinatowns in SF and NYC. I had it altered locally to fit my daughter. Here is a picture from the online source.


Post # 12
296 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

me too! I tried one on in the Richmond district and plan on going to Dragonseed in Chinatown.  I may end up purchasing one through efushop.

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