Vietnam is famous for its fashion industry and its top notch silk fabrics. When I landed in Ho Chi Minh City, I was determined to visit local fashion boutiques and hunt for unique pieces that I would never be able to find in the U.S.
Located on the outskirt of District One, TGIF is truly a hidden gem. It took us a few missteps to find this place, as the boutique was tucked away on the second floor of an old charming building. But the hunt soon ended when we arrived to the end of the corridor and were greeted with a big door sign that said “TGIF”.
I set foot inside the boutique, and my eye gaze immediately fixated on a luscious teal dress. The designer and owner of TGIF walked out from the back room while I was lusting over the dress, and she told me that the dress was already claimed by another buyer and was the only one in store.
I was lusting over this teal dress, but it was already taken by another lucky girl 🙁
This was when I learned that TGIF specialized in high quality evening dresses. Everything was hand-made in small batches in the slow fashion way, while special items were made only upon requests and all meticulously tailored so that the fabrics would hug perfectly.
The designer herself was so chic and dashing, but what attracted me the most was her charm and determination. Graduated with a MBA in Singapore, she decided to pursue her dream to become a fashion designer and obtained another degree in fashion in Australia. When she returned home, she debuted her own fashion line – TGIF in Ho Chi Minh City.
The designer of Thank God I’m Fabulous
I really love this dress, but I didn’t get it because I have lace dresses already.
After trying on many dresses, I bought this off-shoulder dress at a price considered expansive in Vietnam, but still reasonable by the US standard.
Made out of fluid silk, the type of fabrics Vietnam is known for, this plush dress has an elegantly draped silhouette with an off-shoulder design that highlights the designer’s contemporary approach to cut and proportion. To offset the rich navy hue, I paired the dress with minimal orange accessories.
If you are visiting Ho Chi Minh City, I highly recommend you to pay homage to TGIF. I promise you too will be delighted.
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Smile and style on ~
Dress :: Thank God I’m Fabulous