Vietnam's Ginkgo delivers what no crank-it-out-cheap silkscreen operation can: lycra and organic cotton. With high-quality, locally designed and made clothing, Ginkgo is the dream T-shirt shop. While the iPho and "What the pho?" T-shirts sold on streets are catchy, Ginkgo designs feature lotus flowers, Buddhas, colorful bottles of nuoc mam (the traditional fish sauce) and local references to the crazy motorscooter traffic and the massive clusters of wires surrounding telephone poles.
Got all the T-shirts you can handle? Ginkgo recently opened a concept store offering sustainable souvenirs, clothing, and products created by Vietnamese artists, designers, and businesses. Find jewelry, bags, candles, designer clothes, books, and Buddhas.
Ginkgo stores are located in HCMC, Hoi An, Nha Trang, and Hanoi (accompanying photo is of the Hanoi shop in the morning before opening).