Destination: Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City
Catherine Denoual Maison
Similar to another famous Catherine (Paris’ Catherine Memmi), Denoual specializes in exquisite linens for the home. Denoual worked in Paris as a fashion editor before relocating with her family to Vietnam in 1995. Her gorgeous creations are not inexpensive but quality-wise there’s nothing that rivals the wares, including some lovely baby clothes, of this boutique. It’s in walking distance of the Park Hyatt Saigon.
Huong Nga Fine Arts
The shimmering lacquerware sold at this boutique comes in many colors and swirling shapes. The designs include everything from small bowls to large trunks, and the beautiful patterns run the gamut from traditional (red-black) to edgy (modern monochromatic). The gallery works with twenty-two artists and three designers, and the range of lacquer is striking and better than you will find anywhere else. If you fall in love with a larger piece, the gallery is happy to arrange for shipping.
Like its sister boutique in Hanoi, this cavernous boutique carries everything from antiques to handmade accessories. It’s set up like a market, with lots of tables, racks and bowls overflowing with the goods. Says Indagare Insider Gayle Warwick: “It’s a great shop for a variety of crafts and antiques. I love to buy rolls of the hand-printed wrapping paper to bring home.”
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