Ministry of Silk is the best clothes shop in Vientiane to find something unique with a touch of sophistication. The products on offer are a mix of locally produced silk-and-lace items and internationally sourced accessories and bags. Stunning evening and cocktail dresses feature prominently, although there is a fairly diverse selection of blouses, overcoats, and a limited selection of men’s jackets and shirts. If you can’t find exactly what you are looking for, items can also be made to order.
The designers at Ministry of Silk have combined the fitted elegance of Western fashion with Southeast Asian patterns and materials. Dresses are mostly one of a kind and feature intricate details and embroidery guaranteed to make you stand out from the crowd. As you might expect, this kind of exclusivity comes with a price: bespoke dresses cost around $US250, and blouses around $US150. It must be said that the quality of the work easily justifies the price.
Ministry of Silk is located on Nam Phu Square, a few doors down from restaurants La Cave Des Chateaux and L’Opera. The shop itself stands out with an immaculate white shop front, and the clean, white design continues inside. Unlike at other boutique shops in Vientiane, Ministry of Silk spaces out items so they can be admired individually. The interior is cool and clean with artwork on the walls and comfy sofas for ladies with their husbands in tow.
Silk has been an integral part of Laos culture for centuries but the tradition has seen a revival in the last 20 years, spearheaded by Carol Cassidy’s excellent work highlighting the extraordinary skill of Laos weavers. Nowadays, the quality of Laos silk is recognized throughout the world and many European designers use Laos silk in their bespoke creations. Ministry of Silk opened in mid-2012 and is using the quality and craft inherent to Laotians to produce elegant clothes for the international market.
Ministry of Silk Fashion Shop
- Opening Hours: 09:00-21:00
- Address: 99/01 Namphou Square, Vientiane
- Tel: +856 21 213776