Cork Loving

Committed to sustainability, Ekokami (Facebook: Ekokami; Instagram: ekokamidesign) makes durable, functional and versatile bags using recycled cork and up-cycled leather. Though the design and management team is Dutch, Ekokami is located in HCMC (Vietnam). Both to the physical and visual touch, cork fabric offers a feel like no other. Some compare it to leather but

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Bath, Beach and Beyond

Forget the mini bar, the room service and the king-size bed. There’s one hotel luxury we’d all raid the bank to have at home: the fluffy towels. “Nice towels are something that is missing in Vietnam. You use towels daily, but it is almost impossible to find good ones here,” say Ina Stas and Tina

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The Cinderella Man

If clothes make the man then it’s his shoes that are his signature. Even in the heat and dust of Saigon, there are those inevitable occasions when a great pair of shoes, along with the style and confidence boost they bring, simply cannot be beat. It might sound out of place in a land where

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Happiness Brings Happiness

Founded by fashion designer Cac Lam, Seam The World (STW) is a charitable organization that uses fashion and art to support orphans and underprivileged children around the world. Through events that focus on painting, fashion, photography and cooking, STW has reach out to children in Cambodia, Nepal, Cuba and now Vietnam. Through support and sponsorship from

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It’s A Hard Rock Life

With a self-professed alternative style and a love of tattoos, jewelry and accessories designer Jérôme Peschard is clearly very inspired by the rock generation. “I don’t want to grow up. I still think I’m 18 at the time of hard rock,” he chuckles. “The spirit of our brand, Iron & Oil, is that wanting to

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Silver Wear

Silver has always been a part of Kim Quyen-Tran’s life. Her parents own a shop selling silver in their hometown of Can Tho. So when Kim decided to start her own jewelry collection called Taini (3A Station – 3A Ton Duc Thang, D1), her parents were naturally her first go-to contact. “I went back home

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The Ocean Is Calling

Inspired by Vietnam’s coastline, and Nha Trang specifically, Aquary is for adventure seekers – whether it’s in search of the perfect beach, diving deep into the ocean or jogging along the beach to catch the sunrise – the beachwear line is made by, designed for, and worn by lovers of the sea. SWIMWEAR: AQUARY PHOTOGRAPHER:

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Back to Black

A collection inspired by fall/winter colors, the use of darker pieces serves as a reminder that bold, black designs remain eternally classy and relevant. Teamed with statement pieces adaptable for both day and night, these ultra-feminine designs take sophistication to dizzying heights. CLOTHES: UMBRELLA PHOTOGRAPHER: RONG NOBITA MODEL: NGOC ANH THU MAKEUP: PHA NGUYEN HAIR: NGUYEN JV STYLIST: PHUC TRAN

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Designer of the Year

Meet Vo Viet Chung, Vietnam’s award-winning ao dai designer and UNESCO honoree Vietnamese fashion was given new recognition last August with an unprecedented international award bestowed on local designer Vo Viet Chung, one of the country’s foremost innovators in fine traditional garments. At Leonard Simpson’s Fashion Forward awards ceremony held in the US at the

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Haute Jewelry

Mischelle Thuy White on living her life through gemstones Throughout the rise of civilization itself, nothing has been more consistently definitive of luxury, wealth, and power than the gemstone. Today, precious stones have just as much gravity and desirability as they did in eras past—and those who dedicate their creative output to perfecting nature’s most

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