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We are not a factory but a group of tailors

In the little lanes around Zhongxiao Fuxing and Zhongxiao Dunhua it’s so easy to stumble upon cute boutiques, heavenly tea houses and quirky shops galore. One day, a few months ago, my friend and I happened upon this cool place. Their slogan says it all- ‘We are not a factory but a group of tailors’. In Asia where a lot of clothing is mass-produced, it’s really refreshing to see such a unique take on fashion.

At PO_I you can design your very own shirt. From the choice of fabric to the design and colour of the buttons, it’s entirely up to you. What makes it so appealing is that it’s all done in their shop. You can pull up a stool at their design station, select your fabrics and style, get help with measuring and even take a peek into the tailoring process right at the back of the shop. It’s that simple.

And it gets even simpler. You can design your unique shirt all by yourself on their website here. It’s so much fun! It really puts a new, convenient spin on tailor-made fashion.

The tailoring team are very enthusiastic and will tailor to your unique heart’s desire. If you have any questions or queries, don’t hesitate to contact them on their site here, on their Facebook page here or by going directly into their store- 台北東區門市: 106 Taipei, Taiwan台北市大安路一段31巷42號 (Da’an Road, section 1, lane 31, no.42).

This kind of fashion-design process allows you to exert your imagination and create a totally personalised shirt.  The feeling that comes with this is definitely more special than running down to a mainstream store and buying the same shirt that everyone else is prancing around in.

PO_I allows you to create your own original shirt at an affordable price. What’s not to love about that?! You can be as whacky as you like and choose a different fabric for the collar, the pocket, the sleeves etc, or you can keep it classy and have the same fabric running throughout. It’s totally up to you!

And even if you don’t feel like designing your own shirt, it’s still a cool store to take a browse in. There are lots of unique little trinkets for sale and a button collection to die for. The staff are all very friendly and the ambience of the store is very relaxed. Last time I was there they had the most beautiful, vintage leather bags, as well as funky shoes and already-designed shirts.

If you’re in Taiwan it’s definitely worth a visit. And if you’re outside Taiwan, why not hop across to their online store and play around with designing your very own shirt. Their website is pretty lovely too.

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