What kimono should you invest in for 2023? What luxury Vitenmese souvenir should you take home to capture the essence of hand-crafted fashion here in Vietnam? Metiseko is a luxury brand that I have loved for many years. The luxury fabrics used have lasted me a lifetime regarding many outfits I have owned since 2018. So let me take you on a journey through Vietnam regarding the mulberry silk road of travel.
My digital nomad lifestyle is extreme pure indulgence with access to the latest food, fashion and travel trends. Part of my journey is to experience luxury five-star hotels that offer the latest lifestyle wellness journeys.
At fifty I am turning towards long-lasting fabrics which I call a work of art. Fabrics empower me to support the luxury lifestyle sector here in Vietnam. Let me take you on a luxury hotel and resort journey here in Vietnam, from fast loud city living to water lily wellness of pure nature.
This kimono is called an embroidered Paon – Shou Gleam
A special occasion garment, not to be used every day, it is only in the Ho Chi Minh Metiseko boutique for now. You can order it online and it takes up to a week to create.
Mulberry Silk Fabric
Metiseko’s 100% silk fabrics are created and woven in Bao Loc, in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. The process of colours and original patterns is screened and printed by hand onto the natural silk.
Did you know that mulberry silk is a renewable source with less impact on our planet? The process does not require any pesticides or harmful fertilizers to grow.
This kimono was made in the historical town called Hoi An, a place where Asians set the latest travel attire when exploring this picturesque gem. As fashion has become a saturated market for fast fashion, the challenge now is to find rare and sustainable fabrics that like life, I want to treasure.
I took this photo today, whilst returning to Hoi An, after five years, Hoi An is one big catwalk of street style.
Ho Chi Minh City
I first visited Ho Chi Minh City in 1997 as a missionary. A treasured memory that has lasted me over twenty-five years. The energy in this city is vast and vibrant. A city that has progressed since the last time I visited which was way back in 2018.
Saigon Original In The Heart Of Ho Chi Minh City
Whilst staying in this new five-star hotel right in the heart of Saigon, called Fusion Original. I wanted to capture my journey when it comes to wearing a silk kimono. This hotel is in the luxury mall called Siagon Centre and is popular with digital nomads and tourists visiting Ho Chi Minh. It was the perfect location to showcase my kimono style at this new innovative hotel, showcasing the latest interior design trends here in Vietnam.
Embroidered Paon Shou Gleam Mulberry Silk Kimono
Kimono fashion really has been an item of clothing that belonged in many homes. But as you can see in 2023, this mulberry silk kimono can be worn within a five-star establishment. The kimono encompasses a design with a fully embroidered and flowing maxi neo-kimono with 2 side slits, side pockets, and a removable scarf belt. Whilst floating around the hotel, I was turning heads whilst I was working exploring Fusion Original and its new hotel trends here in Saigon. Even the guest’s slippers matched this silk-flowing kimono. It’s a garment for special occasions well suited in a pure luxurious ambience. The mulberry silk fabric is smooth and feels so soft with its richly gleaming surface.
My arms are not flattering so I choose garments that give me a more refined look. This kimono cuff is 3/4-puff sleeves with elegant designs that are not normally seen on a kimono.
Buy And Meet The Maker
Buying clothing within a shop will always dominate online purchasing. It’s a journey after all that took me here in Saigon, a place I visited way back in 1997 as a missionary serving the children left on the streets after the Vietnam war. It’s a city that is special to me as it was my first ever south-east Asia travelling experience.
On my garment, there is a message on the recyclable label from the maker and her name, is Nguyen Thi Le Moa.
Wearing mulberry silk truly makes me feel very chic whilst strolling through hotels. Due to its artistic flare, I hang it on the walls as additional decor for the rooms. A collection like this must be seen at all times. Life is one special occasion all day and every day.
This hand-stitched embroidery art looks so unique and is an investment garment as a kimono for anyone seeking something rare and refined.
The mulberry silk is beautiful and elegant looking on the skin. Fads come and go, but one thing that will never change is the allure of kimonos. With the global shift towards sustainability, clothing designers are producing locally sourced fabrics with more innovative, feel-good messages.
For me supporting local designers and artisans from Vietnam makes me practice what I preach regarding co-friendly messages. Buying high-quality pieces in a gorgeous setting boutique makes that shopping experience all that worth it.
Melia Ho Tram Resort Wear
Melia Ho Tram is a luxury resort where local Vietnamese people come and flaunt their hard cash. From ladies wearing the latest trends to families turning up in the most enormous luxury SUV in the world, Rolls Royce Cullinan. This is the resort to showcase your personal style. Staying in one of the luxury garden villas overlooking the most spectacular waterlily. This image reflects the Metiseko strap line, It’s a journey. This mulberry silk kimono has taken me on a wonderful tropical journey so far.
Wellness And Natural Fibre
I am a spiritual person always grateful for business opportunities, hence why I lift my hands towards the Christian God and give thanks. Gratefulness in God’s wellness creation such as this tropical garden is not ever to be taken for granted. In the last three years, my work industry such as fashion, car reviews and hospitality came to a halt, which meant I lost many business contacts due to people leaving their jobs. This meant I had to reset my networking contacts and start again. Years of grafting of personal rapport with car makers, fashion designers and hotel PRs were lost. Thank God for my grit and determination I kept reviewing hotels during the lockdown. I also worked with a few local Italian designers too. Where did I get this inner fight from?
I am so in tune with nature and God’s presence more than ever before. The mental health strength I have is all down to connecting with Jesus. knowing who I am in him, with him and through him. When I wear a brand’s label, I am truly grateful for the trust they put in me to get the garments noticed.
I am always about touching nature, and doing it in this setting has healing powers When I connect with God’s creations it balances me for new and innovative business ideas. I never thought I would return to Vietnam, but that’s the beauty of my life. My nomadic journey of travel is a circle of never-ending adventures. During the pandemic, I travelled throughout Europe whilst everyone stayed home. I was the first international journalist to enter Venice in Italy. Vietnam is not at full capacity regarding tourism, and some of Vietnam is not open at all to tourists. Returning to Hoi An, I see the impact of tourists not coming, the current luxury Airbnb I am staying at, the host told me I am their first guest in two years.
I am a lover of burnt orange as it is an earthy colour I grew up with in Australia. I like to mix items from the west with the east, Melia hotels are from Spain and this cotton dress is from Spain.
Resort living is all about luxury both within the soul and also strolling around the Melia Ho Tram Beach resort. It’s a special occasion outing and hence why choosing the Metiseko collection is a must. Reflection on the past won’t change my past. But seeking a future wearing the best clothes made with passion is all about my love for high-quality fabrics.
Kimonos come and go but this one has an anointing of taking me through many journeys this year.