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New suit.

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Alias, Mar 6, 2005.

  1. Alias

    Alias Senior member

    Oct 7, 2003
    Washington DC
    Since my Korean is horrible (that's what happens when you're raised among English-speakers) I had to communicate everything in English. Still, it's amazing how he managed to get most everything right. Since your Korean is better than mine, you won't have anything to worry about.

    I think he'll get the new English and Italian fabrics next week, but his swatch books aren't plentiful. Most of the variety comes from the domestic Cheil-made stuff, which isn't bad at all, in addition to whatever bolts he has lying around, ranging from Zegna to VBC. I think he had a Wain Shiell book, but I wasn't too interested in what I saw in it. (Purple diagonal pinstripes? No thanks.)

    Edit: In contrast, Zenith in the arcade has lots and lots and lots of fabric. Hell, they even have the new Zegna book already, with Trofeo and Solaro and whatever else. They also carry Holland & Sherry. They used to carry VBC, but I don't know if they're still in the Korean market anymore. Still, I have a feeling that Zenith charges more for rent than worksmanship: the shop is pretty large. I think Min's gives a better value, especially when he's willing to give you a suit made of Zegna fabric for $1,200-1,300 instead of Zenith's $1,800-2,000 (and that's with stuff on the shelves in bolts, not from the swatch books.) But if you're really aching for that cashmere/bamboo jacket, Zenith is the way to go. The tailor is a very nice young man who isn't afraid to tell you what's unreasonably expensive and what isn't. In contrast, the store's proprietor seems dead-set on offering the biggest $$$ they have.

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