An Interview with B&Tailor

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  1. simian

    simian Active Member

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    It also seemed to me that they get a lot of good business coming their way.

    The cars parked outside the store, the slickly dressed customers (and their even better dressed SOs), they look like they're among the top of the heap in Seoul. Entirely different situation from many other itinerant tailors.
     
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    I had initially emailed them about 2 years+ ago to ask if they'd come to the US and subsequently followed up recently again and they said unfortunately not. Whilst it's a shame I completely respect their decision not to come and more reason to find an excuse to get to Seoul!!
     
  3. Leaves

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    ^^ I totally get they don't want to travel. I mean, even if they would get a substantial amount of orders in the US or Europe, why "go across the stream to collect water" as the saying goes in Swedish. From what I have read here, and from the fact that they can keep such a huge premises, they must already be very, very successful locally. To lose 5-6 working days for a head cutter, just on travel alone, that's a huge amount of man hours. It sounds pragmatic to me. I really love their stuff though! I mean, really. And their Tumblr is super inspirational. I wish them all the luck but I don't think they need it. :)

    I don't think any high end European tailor would travel if they could get enough local busines. It's a bit OT but would you guys agree? Most of the old school master cutters are around 70-80 now, and even though I'm sure they really enjoy travelling and meeting interesting people all over the world, at that age wouldn't you just go straight home and play with your grandkids or something? Those trips must take so much energy out of an elderly person. Even I go out of my way not to travel outside Europe, and I'm half that age. Or am I the only one who avoids intercontinental travel?
     
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    Mr. Six Senior member

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  5. sugarbutch

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    I would want to be in, but I almost certainly would not be.
     
  6. Coxsackie

    Coxsackie Senior member

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    Looking forward to my visit today.

    I won't be ordering any new clothes (I do have one project in the works, via Joe in Sydney - will post pics on the Bespoke Projects thread soon) while there today. Just want to make contact and check out how they do things. I'm sure I will learn a lot during the process.
     
  7. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Are you going to be able to get a fitting?
     
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    Do they do CMT?I have some vintage cloths that I want to get made up and will be dropping by Seoul next month.
     
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    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    They do. Done CMT with them a couple times
     
  10. Coxsackie

    Coxsackie Senior member

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    So I dropped in to B&Tailor today. Here are some of my happy snaps.

    The atelier is superbly located on a hilltop in Yongsan district, just opposite the Grand Hyatt, and not far from the hilltop on which stands Seoul's landmark comms tower.

    It's a very nice building with some Western retro and Korean traditional flourishes.

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    Inside, the B&T atelier is spread across several floors. Main entrance opens into a reception area and showroom, with adjacent fabric storage and selection room. Fitting and cutting rooms are on the upper levels.

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    Spring blossom is everywhere in Seoul right now, which brightens up the view from the upstairs windows -

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    Gee, I wonder where I've seen this jacket before -

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    Bestetti shoes -

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    Founder and master tailor Mr Park took me for a tour of the premises. He is entirely without airs or graces, just a very friendly guy -

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    The view from the rooftop terrace is spectacular!

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    I absolutely love this jacket. It's in a Draper wool/silk/linen 7 1/2 oz blend, perfect for a summer-weight suit.

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    I was actually planning (last year) to have B&T make me a suit made in the brown version of this fabric, but seeing it in green has convinced me to change my plan. Here are the two fabrics side by side:

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    Sydney and Melbourne both get very hot in summer. I will have this suit made up in the exact same style as seen above ^^^, quarter-lined, for those hot hot days. Can't wait!


    More atelier shots -

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    Got quite a surprise when I flipped this tie over to see who made it. Have to say it's absolutely gorgeous, but at 280,000 won I reluctantly gave it a miss [​IMG].

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    I ended up buying a corduroy tie (yes, corduroy) and a wool/silk pocket square - both B&T-branded. They will be featured in today's WAYWRN fit.

    Here's a nice shot of myself and Mr Park Snr flanked by his two sons, Changjin (left, wearing a denim DB suit) and Changwoo -

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    ...and here's the entire team, including sales and reception staff -

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    I'd like to thank the B&T team for taking time to show me around their fantastic premises today, and also @incontro for teeing my visit up.
     
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    Cleav Senior member Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    Great post @Coxsackie!

    This is intriguing, one peak lapel and one notch...

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  13. Coxsackie

    Coxsackie Senior member

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    Ha ha, I didn't even notice that...
     
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    Very nice report @Coxsackie

    Great to see some exterior shots too, I've been curious how the premises looks from outside.
     
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    Thank you very much for sharing, Cox.
     

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