Hand made suit from Korea

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  1. Head

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    I got this suit made during recent visit ti Korea. I would love to hear opinions good or bad. I'm going back in a few months and need to know what to look for.. Thanks

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  2. Head

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    Yeah price was $180.00
     


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    Shoulders, back and sleeve pitch.
     


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    That has a lot of problems. I was also not aware you could get a $180 suit anywhere in Korea. The cheapest I've ever seen was $500. Good quality suits...if you ignore the questionable fabric most Koreans default with...begin at $900-1000. If you want to get another suit made, I'd suggest going to a decent tailor (there are more than a few and I'd be happy to recommend some) and bring your own fabric because the markup on any fabric not made in China or Korea is ridiculous.
     
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    I had it made in Osan but my wife is in Youngsun which is where I am thinking about getting the next one made. If you know a good shop please let me know. Thanks
     


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    I like Lussoso in Cheongdam. They have both mtm and bespoke options. I have never liked the quality of Yongsan tailors (though of course, the vast majority of tailors Seoul end up contracting out to one of five various factories...some better than others). There is another "tailors in Seoul" thread which talks a lot about tailors in Yongsan (where I've seen suits, 95% wool and 5% poly go for $500). Tailors that speak English here (either a sign of a good tailor with training abroad or a very bad tailor who focuses on tourist dollars) often will neglect to mention when the fabrics you are looking at have some polyester in them. This isn't them trying to be underhanded--polyester just doesn't carry with it the same stigma it does in the United States.
     


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    North or South?
     


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    So is the Super 180 a load of bull? I really don't know much about picking out suits. I normally buy off the rack but I am retiring and wanted a couple good suits for interviews.
     


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    That's just about the thread count/fineness of the weave and says little about the quality. You could have a S180 that's 50% polyester, of shitty wool, or both.

    Also, I just noticed the title. The vast majority of suits here aren't going to be handmade. There will be little to no handwork at all. I go to a mid-tier tailor, and I'd say 90-95% of the stitching is machine. You start paying below $800 for a full suit (excluding fabric), you'll be getting something that's entirely machine stitched. That being said, I have little to no preference for handwork in suits, so it's never been a big deal to me.

    One thing to keep in mind is that tailors here, except the perhaps the very good ones (to whom I've never been, but I've seen their work in person), have a steep learning curve. It took three jackets to get my pattern just right. The first jacket took 3-4 fittings, the second took two, and the third two. The fourth I was completely happy with after the basted fit. Now I just drop off the fabric, wait a few weeks, and pick up the finished product.

    I wouldn't go anywhere here, that won't allow multiple post-baste fittings (and this is, unfortunately, a lot of places). Generally, they'll give you one, and you are then stuck with whatever they hand you.
     
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    Thanks I will make sure I get a refit
     


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    When the OP said it cost $180 and doesn't seem to fit very well, I was thinking it could have come from Pyongyang. :D But I guess there's shitty tailors in ROK.
     
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