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If you are looking for stylish products for urban living, fashion, furniture and home accessories, you can find it at the Gaya store in Ho Chi Minh City.

Our home is a shelter from the stormy world outside, the refuge where we spend time with family and others we love. So we love the home as we love family and want to make it the best and the most comfortable possible inside and out.

Entering Gaya, I understand why sometimes people can choose more than three items of one brand of furniture and decor for their new house.

Each season Gaya has new and diverse collections for the home to offer, ranging from living room sofas to lacquer tableware and decorations, and from bedding (covers and cushions) to fashionable silk clothes and perfume for women.

Gaya is located on Nguyen Van Trang - a small, quiet street close by Ben Thanh Market and Zen Plaza. The multilevel design store functions as both a retail outlet and export showroom for the designers.

GAYA

1 Nguyen Van Trang Street (corner of Le Lai Street), District 1, HCMC

Tel: (08) 3 925 1495

Email: info@gayavietnam.com

Website: www.gayavietnam.com

Passing by the store, you will see a rattan swing under a tree in front of the shop that reminds one of a relaxing home.

"Six years ago, five international designers from France, Australia and Cambodia teamed up to start a new project," explained Dror Lam, the store's general manager.

"We understand and are inspired by Vietnamese culture. And we make all our products in Vietnam," continued Lam, who said Gaya's mission was to bring its distinctive blend of lifestyle chic and fashion to the city.

Together with the diversified designs with different functions, the collections here are made of very different materials - from painted rattan, bamboo, lacquer, and bronze to water hyacinth.

For large furniture, one of Gaya's highlights is the contemporary lounge furniture collection by Lawson Johnston of Australia. He combines materials such as water hyacinth and rattan with modern fabrics like Teflon micro fiber and durable synthetic velvet.

With the erratic rainy weather in the southern metro, for a comfortable seat in the garden or by the swimming pool, outdoor furniture made of Polyrattan is an option. This furniture is made of a resin-based material highly resistant to weather damage caused by exposure to the sun, rain or sea spray.

For traditional Vietnamese lacquerware, a collection that catches the eye is Lacque by Michelle De Albert, a Parisian who moved to HCMC in 1994. She has dozens of colors for her products, which range from traditional Vietnamese lacquer boxes for keeping the tea pot warm to decorative table bowls for floral arrangements. With sophistication, bohemian style, and a flair for design and color, Albert promotes Vietnam's traditional lacquerware with collections full of sensual appeal.

And in fashion, Gaya stocks the collections of Romyda Keth, whose designs can be found in boutiques in Phnom Penh, Singapore, Tokyo, Paris, Manila, St. Denis de la

Reunion and Mexico City. With radiant fabrics such as Cambodian silk and organza, the fashion collection sports everything from casual clothing to office wear and evening dress at prices ranging from US$100 to $150.

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