Suiting Up: Custom-Made Menswear in Korea

Something has happened to Matt since we arrived in Korea…he sort of cares about fashion now. I never thought I’d see the day, but it has happened. Most people in Korea are really well dressed, especially young people, and especially in Seoul. It’s very common for men to wear suits all the time, even the male teachers at the elementary school, and the women seem to live in skirts and huge heels. Anyway, it’s easy to start to feel like a slob if you’re not dressed to the nines. Our little town is a bit more casual, but overall, people here dress up more than people in laid-back Seattle.

I don't know why he's trying to eat a flower, but the fact that he has a shirt and tie on out in public instead of just running clothes is pretty impressive.

So, back to Matt. He now does new things like layering, wearing ties on the weekend and buying purple tee shirts. I’ve been encouraging this transformation as much as possible…mostly just because I love to shop, and now that he doesn’t loathe it, it’s a lot more fun to do together! In addition to the peer pressure from all the men in Korea, he was also intrigued by the idea that you can get a custom-made suit here for about $300. Compared to the states, that is really cheap–a decent suit off the rack in a department store would cost about $300-$500 (in our experiences). We decided that while in Korea, do as the Koreans do, so Matt has been in the process of getting a custom-made suit.

This weekend we went in for his fitting, and I took some pictures of the work in progress. Looks good so far! He’ll get the finished product next week…I can’t wait to see him all dressed up!

Fabric swatches

I think the guy on the left is the owner, and the guy on the right is the suit maker.

Looking good!

Business cards of all of the important people this shop has made suits for--mostly all were ambassadors and embassy officials. Fancy!


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4 responses to “Suiting Up: Custom-Made Menswear in Korea”

  1. Jillian says :

    Goodbye shrunken salmon sweater!

  2. Matt Vanni says :

    Hey, I just wanna look good. And I do.

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