Ipa Nima Bag Store in Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi Ipa Nima Bag Store

Ipa Nima Bags in Hanoi are one of the highlights for the women who are visiting Northern Vietnam and this article covers how my partner and me went in search for the exclusive hand made bags around town.

She had heard of the brand a while ago but Ipa Nima in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is just too pricey with limited and out of season collection and therefore since we were heading to Hanoi, we decided to allocate half a day to source out the Ipanima Flagship Store in Hanoi.

Ipa Nima in Hanoi

The history of the bags go back to 1995 where a lawyer named Christina Yu from Hong Kong moved to Hanoi to be with her practising husband.

Facing tough times as a litigator here, she decided to pursue a little secret dream of hers in creating a business in the fashion area.

After one and a half years there, she finally came through with the brand Ipa-Nima and is rated as one of the most talented designers in the world today. Her bags are found throughout the world and has celebrities and politicians as her customers.   

Ipanima Shop in Hanoi
Ipa Nima store front
We had printed some information from the Internet on the whereabouts of the store in Hanoi and there were many different locations.

Out of three prints, two of them showed one address which was just nearby the Hanoi Towers. Grabbing a taxi from the Old Quarter, we made our way there only to find that there was no such place.

Maybe the place was closed we thought but then it was a weekday, so I asked one of the shops nearby only to be told that they had moved a few years ago and did not know where they currently were.

Some help the Internet was - it was back to looking at the print out and decided on the next known address which was 34 Han Thuyen Road. After another 10 minutes of driving around the area, the  pink colonial building stood out like a club of some sort. It had to be the place I told Lilian and stopped the taxi.

Hanoi Ipa Nima Shop
Main entrance to the Ipanima Store in Hanoi

Standing in front of the pink and pastel coloured colonial building, the main entrance looked like a grand walkway complete with sheer rich fabrics draped to the ceiling with a little chandelier hanging in the middle of it.

Window displays on both sides show the latest collection of Ipa Nima Bags while the baroque styled decorations were tastefully done. Without hesitation Lilian was already inside while I was still in awe looking around the entrance area.


Ipa Nima Store Hanoi Photo
Inside the Ipa Nima Flagship Store in Hanoi

The Hanoi heat was unbearable on that hot afternoon and upon walking in, I could feel the intensity of the cool air conditioning inside. I quickly told Lilian to take her time as I wanted to enjoy the moment here.

Two Vietnamese girls were manning the store and without hesitant, they approached Lilian with a sweet smile and well spoken English.

Lilian must have looked like she was in the Disneyland of Bags here as her constant focus were on the products displayed cleverly from pillar to pillar and wall to wall. There must have been at least a hundred bags on display here not forgetting the other little items throughout the store. 

Hanoi Ipa Nima Bag Shop
 The interesting designs in the store

Video of Ipa Nima Store in Hanoi 

Each of the stores walls were carefully designed with racks displaying a range of bags. There were pillars created in various sections of the store where new models were displayed against the bright magenta padded velvet fabrics.

A clever way to keep ones eye busy. The cashiers counter doubled as another display where trinkets, purses and other various items were shown. Most importantly, they had very comfortable sofa sets strategically placed for the customers to relax, namely the men like me. I liked it even though I was never the shopping type. 

As Lilian made her way around the store, she must have looked at twenty bags here. Selecting one wasn't easy as everything looked really nice. What made it more interesting was that the previous season collection of bags here was on sale. Up to 50% was offered on selected items while the newer ones had a 20% discount.

Large mirrors were also cleverly placed as women love to see how they would look with these designer bags. Eventually after spending a good three hours here, she had finally made her choice of a Blue Leather Ipa Nima shoulder bag and one more fun designed fabric Ipanima Tote Bag for her good friend back home.

Tina Sparkles Shop in Hanoi, Vietnam
Tina Sparkles Shop in Hanoi, Vietnam

Tina Sparkles in Hanoi

For your added information, there is another smaller shop selling Ipa Nima Bags at Old Quarter in Hanoi. The place is called Tina Sparkles and is just nearby the Joseph's Cathedral in the Hoan Kiem District.

So if you are strapped for time, you can simply make your way here for some of the unique bags offered. They close about 9pm too. If you are a serious shopper, please do call them ahead to check on opening and closing times as the staff here speak pretty good English.

They accept all kinds of Credit Cards here too. You can get also more up to date information from the official Ipa Nima Website

Map to Ipa Nima Store in Hanoi


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Ipa Nima Flagship Store Hanoi
34 Han Thuyen
Hai Ba Trung District
Hanoi, Vietnam
Telephone +844 3933 4000
Fax +844 3933 4008

Tina Sparkle Hanoi
17 Nha Tho
Hoan Kiem District
Hanoi, Vietnam
Telephone +844 3928 7616


I also went bag hunting to look for some Crumpler Bags in Hanoi and actually found them. So for anyone wanting some quality bags, men or women, Hanoi is the place to explore for this.

Once again, if you are planning a trip to this area and you are a serious bag fanatic or have been looking for a good deal on these unique designer bags, I would seriously recommend you check out the Ipa Nima Store in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Ipa Nima Bag Store in Hanoi, Vietnam Ipa Nima Bag Store in Hanoi, Vietnam Reviewed by David Jr on Monday, November 01, 2010 Rating: 5

17 comments:

Lilian said...

The decor is really nice...
Hope I will find time to visit!

David Jr said...

Lilian, you need at least a few hours to check Ipa Nima out, if not, head over to Tina Sparkles in Old Quarter.

J.L.E, thanks and wow! You must be either a bag lover or a great business person. 30 items from Ipa Nima is some serious shopping.

David

CUMI & CIKI said...

looks like my kind store! LOL

Keith said...

What an adventure to finally find the store! Personally, I wouldn't have bothered... but then again, I'm not a big shopper! LOL! :-)

Cheers,
Keith

Lily Riani said...

wow! it just shows that i need to revisit hanoi again. didnt know all this places existed

David Jr said...

Mei, for sure! If you check Hanoi out, make sure you visit this place! Guaranteed to go crazy.

Keith, well, it was Lilian who was dying to see the shop, I played 'lost tourist guide' here lol.

Lily, good move! Now you have the address, all you need is the no-limit credit card :)

David

Christina said...

Thanks for your comment guys and the great support !! Having said that my name is Christina Yu and not Christine Yu!!!
Christina Yu

CathJ said...

Wow.. this is interesting... Looking forward.. ^_^

David Jr said...

Hello Christina, A BIG Thank You for dropping by and also for highlighting the name error. I will change it on my article and it was a pleasure indeed to have explored your Ipa Nima Shop in Hanoi.

David

David Jr said...

Cath, when are you visiting Hanoi? Also, I hope you get the chance to visit the Ipa Nima Store here.

Zablon, thank you very much. Have you visited Hanoi already?

Simon, hopefully some people here help you out with your survey.

Regards,
David

Cathy Sweeney said...

Fun article about a fun subject -- shopping for bags! Especially considering that you are not really a shopper, you did a great job conveying info about the experience. The photos are great - would love to do a little shopping there.

inka said...

My kind of place. A glamourgranny's paradise. Loved the pictures too. But, david, it took ages for your site to load and more ages to post a comment, tweet and digg. I did my best but you might want to look into that.

David Jr said...

Cathy, thanks so much. Sometimes you have to do what your partner likes to do in order for a real balance in your travels. It's not always about me :)

Inka, thank you for highlighting this as I am looking into it now. Posting the comment - I wonder if that is a tech glitch as usually it's quite fast. Anyway, thank you so much.

Regards,
David

A Tramp Abroad said...

Great article! I'm in Vietnam at the beginning of January and will definitely be adding this to my list of places to visit. :)

David Jr said...

A Tramp Abroad - That's nice to know you're heading to Vietnam in January, I do hope you make it to either one of the Ipa Nima shops here and wish you all the best in your trip.

Robin, thank you so much. As mentioned, this time around, it was for my partner Lilian. I must say that I enjoyed looking for this shop here in Hanoi.

Cheers,
David

David Jr said...

Thank you very much for your wishes R.Tours. I wonder if there is an Ipa Nima Boutique in India?

David

Marcella said...

I am so glad I found this post. I'll be in Hanoi in early March and I am a total hand-bag lover. This will be the first place I visit! Thanks for the information!

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