Nicki Edmiston (left), head seamstress Suong Thi Ngoc Nguyen ('Men') and Janelle Rawlins, of Noosa-based boutique and fashion label, The Travelling Kimono.
Nicki Edmiston (left), head seamstress Suong Thi Ngoc Nguyen ('Men') and Janelle Rawlins, of Noosa-based boutique and fashion label, The Travelling Kimono.

Seamstress reveals conditions under Coast fashion label

THE head seamstress for The Travelling Kimono, Suong Thi Ngoc Nguyen, works in the textile manufacturing mecca of Ho Chi Minh City.

Weekend Magazine caught up with Men, as she's known to her friends, via an interpreter, to find out what working for the Noosa boutique was really like.

"The working conditions are good," she wrote.

"I am paid high compared to other seamstresses who sew for other places."

The wage she earned helped her pay her bills, "live well" and allow her two children to go to school.

Men, who learned to sew from her mother-in-law, said she enjoyed the independence her skills enabled.

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She said she felt The Travelling Kimono genuinely cared for her and "want to help me grow and look after my family".

"I think it is a good approach," she said.

"It makes me happy."

Men said she felt "very lucky" to work at The Travelling Kimono as she was "passionate about fashion".

She said it was comfortable working from home, but she was excited about the new warehouse as it would have ample room for storage and for the business to continue growing.

"(I) think all fashion businesses should be run like this, because the workers work very hard and it will help them feel appreciated."

She said she enjoyed the idea that her employer would soon be able to employ several new seamstresses, and pay them all a good wage.

"It is important for other women to have good jobs and feel safe as well," she said.