Well Heeled

A second career for the most unlikely of shoe gurus Clinton Kelly, American fashion consultant and media personality, once said: “Sometimes comfort doesn’t matter. When a shoe is freakin’ fabulous, it may be worth a subsequent day of misery. Soak in Epsom salts and take comfort in the fact that you’re better than everyone else.” … Read more


Meet Vivek Chaudhary, a designer who turns accessories into pieces of art Inspiration. It’s the difference between a Chanel bag that retails for thousands of dollars and a similar-looking knockoff sold for a fraction of that on the sidewalks of New York or an outdoor market in Hong Kong. For Coco Chanel, it was the … Read more

What women want

Despite what he may have you believe, Adrian Tuan’s fashion designs are quintessentially Vietnamese. But they’re just not Vietnamese in the way you’d expect – it’s rare to see anything in his collections that even remotely resembles an ao dai. Famous for its body-hugging sensuality, Adrian’s Valenciani (26 Ly Tu Trong, D1) brand womenswear – … Read more

Fit Out

An unlikely gauge to Vietnam’s status as a global consumer can be found in its taste in furniture. While comedic author Jarod Kintz jokes that wooden furniture with no cushions is especially great when the in-laws come over as it discourages guests from staying too long, that type of unupholstered, heavily carved, highly ornate furniture … Read more


Dear Dr Lam Tran, My mom is now 60-years-old. She lost all her teeth and this has limited her diet. Eating food like fruits and certain vegetables are now difficult and painful for her. She is wearing dentures but they aren’t helping as much as we would like. She had her dentures made in the … Read more

Turning a New Leaf

Vietnamese tea farmers pick leaves in a verdant field in central Vietnam’s mountainous highland region. A little background on the journey of your tea leaf – from plant to pot – might just make the significance of your next cup of tea a little more remarkable.   Images by Ngoc Tran