– A hobbit house with things you will love –
Have you ever been to a shop whose ceiling was so low that you could not stand tall, but you were so happy being in this place that you didn’t notice that you had been bending over for almost an hour, amazed by all the things you saw? Your neck was stiff and in pain when you left this place, but you were still happy?
Everyone who has been to Saigon knows that in Vietnam, it is very usual to see “tube-houses”, very long in depth, but astonishingly narrow. This was the people’s response to the property tax rule which targeted sites facing the street. The narrower the house was, the less tax one must pay.
Cincinati is located in the heart of Saigon in one of the houses that you can say is narrower than a narrow house could be. The shop starts right where its entrance is: a small corridor with beautiful leather bags hanging on the wall, inviting me to go further until I reached the landing.
The stairs took me to another level of the site with the main part of the store. But since it was originally not the second floor, but only the mezzanine, my head could reach the ceiling. Although you cannot say that I’m a tall person, I could not stand upright.
It was astonishingly funny to see my 7-foot friend almost crouching on the floor when he was looking at the objects, like a giant sniffing his goods. And there were really lots of goods to sniff out in this tiny place: all kinds of travel bags, hand bags, purses, iPad and iPhone covers, business card holders and other travel gear. One section was dedicated to shoe lovers as well.
I must say that although I needed only a purse, my concentration was also very much distracted by other products. And I didn’t at all expect that amount of variety and quality in such a tiny place. My joy was pleasantly unexpected.
As for my friend, he obviously enjoyed being a giant in this place. First bending and crouching over the objects, he had before long traced out his solution in a large, comfortable sofa in one room’s corner (as if the shop owner had predicted this kind of situation).
He collected 5 or 6 objects at once, then took them to his sofa to have an easy sit. Seeing him inspecting and validating item for item himself, I realised what a real leather fanatic he was.
We both agreed that this place was a heaven for all leather fans coming to Saigon, because not only was everything 100% crafted leather, but it was also well-designed and carefully finished with small details.
But have a look at their collection and decide which one is your favourite!