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tailors in seoul korea?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by HanSoo417, Jul 14, 2008.

  1. curzon

    curzon Well-Known Member

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    Indeed.
     
  2. dgsdm

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    Thank you so much for the detailed response!

    I actually went out and already bought a cheap pair from ABC mart -___- (before I saw your post). I wore them last Saturday to the club and by the time I got back home it had streaks on them from people stepping on them. I figured buying a cheap shoe might be okay because it's dark and no one really sees your shoes and it's not that uncomfortable. However I agree 100% with your belief in investing in a nice pair of shoes. I'm getting a friend to bring over a pair of AE park avenue from the Nordstrom aniversary sale to wear with my suit. I'll look at the site you linked for future purchases though!

    I think I will go check out the department stores and get my suit off the rack like you recommended. And I think for me I'd prefer a slim cut for my suit but I think I will go for something more conservative and will be interview appropriate as it is my first suit. Also if I do purchase a suit at the department store, does the department store do a good job making adjustments for the fit? So basically is it best if I get the suit tailored at the department store or do I take it to a different place?
     
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  3. koreaderivative

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    If you buy a suit from a department store's men's section, they should do the alterations for free even if its on sale. In general, department store tailors alter suits better. I think its because they need reputable seamstresses to do work on their more expensive brands. Also, the guys are easier to deal with, and if they screw it up, they can always replace the suit.
     
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  4. dgsdm

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    Makes complete sense, exactly the answer I was looking for. Thank you!
     
  5. curzon

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    Anyone looking for quality shoes in Seoul make want to give Unipair a visit. Carmina, Alden, Edward Green, Tricker's, etc. A very good selection, but sizes stocked is for local market, so if you're > than 11 you may be out of luck. Shoes are approx 30% more expensive than home markets; Alden cordovan at approx. $1000 and EG at approx. $1200. Also on hand is a large selection of Jalan Sriwijaya, an Indonesian maker of Goodyear welted shoes established by the Japanese - I think Rakuten or United Arrows. They run about $350, which puts them in the AE and Meermin range (outside Korea). The build is very good and I didn't see any flaws. The leather is inferior to AE. Crockett & Jones will be stocked from this September - presently only Shinsegae Dept Store carries C&J. Also stocked are Drake's and Breuer's neckties and Bresciani socks; the prices for the Drake's and Bresciani are very reasonable.

    Opened 4 years ago, it's located in Kangnam (of course) and one of the owners, Kang Jae-Yong, who speaks English well, told me expansion to Hong-ik Uni area is planned. Parking in the neighborhood is very limited, so use the valet.

    Website: http://unipairstore.com.
     
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  6. FalconXtreme

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    Craps I'm a size 12 sounds like i'll be hard pressed to find shoes once i get over there.

    Thanks to everyone above for the advice. I think we should try to put together a SF-Korea meet...
     
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  7. Oyaji

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    Hi,
    I am on my way to Seoul and intended to pay a visit to B&Tailor tomorrow but could not find in the thread nor on the blog the location and how to contact them. Do they speak english there?
    Thanks for your help
     
  8. gomjoon2

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  9. curzon

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    @falcon -
    You needn't worry about that. You can easily order items from the states, the parcels ship at US domestic rates on USPS, and they are duty free. You don't want to buy imported items in Korea without first checking online stores in the states.
     
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  10. Ossington

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    I'm not sure if this is the best thread, but I have a denim question.

    I have a pair of apc NSs that have a small rip in the crotch. I want to fix it before it gets too big. I've seen a really nice pair of fixed jeans that were very subtly stitched up. I have enough fabric at the hem if it is needed.

    I also have a pair of selvedge Albams that I want to taper along the selvedge line.

    Are there any places in Seoul that I do great denim alterations?

    I am going to Osaka sometime this year if there are particularly good places there. Id rather have it fixed in Seoul, but Osaka if need be.
     
  11. .Impulsv

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    I have heard that just about any dry cleaner or "clothes repair" shop will be able to fix that. There's a story in this thread about how one person got a better repair here from a dry cleaner than a denim repair shop back home, at less than half the price.
     
  12. ddarko

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    hey sorry to thread hijack, but i'm looking for a good tailor to do alterations. bought an off the rack suit of decent quality and need to get the waist let out, pants hemmed. not quite sure about the jacket, but probably some minor alterations to the sleeve length.

    any good recs on a tailor who speaks decent English? I can speak korean, but dunno about tailor Korean. i read the thread and everything seems to generally point to either Savile Row near Gwanghwamun, or the Hyatt guy (which Hyatt? near Namsan? I'm under the impression there are two there for some reason, one with the casino and the other with JJ Mahoneys). Sartoria Min's not around? Also, any ideas on the general price for the above alterations?

    Also off-topic, but any suggestions on dress shoes that allow some room for full orthotics? played a lot of sports in school and my feet have taken a beating. the only ones i can think of are allen edmonds off of sindang, but would like some other advice on other brands.

    thanks in advance!
     
  13. dgsdm

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    So after looking at different suits I've decided on getting a suit from Nina Ricci next week and the one I was looking at comes out to around 500,000 W after a 30% discount. Does that sound like a fair price to you? Do you have any tips as to what I should say when they measure me to get them tailored? Also is there a difference between the department stores when it comes to tailoring quality? I'm thinking about going to Galleria in Apgujung.

    Lastly, where exactly can I get those department store vouchers? Are they called 백화점 상품권?
     
  14. dgsdm

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    I'm not sure if it's appropriate to ask in this thread but does anyone know a good place to get lens fitted for a pair of frames I'm planning on buying online at a reasonable price?

    Also, these are the frames I'm interested in getting and I'd appreciate any opinions.

    Tateossian F07 Color 1: http://sannoul1.godo.co.kr/shop/goods/goods_view.php?&goodsno=504&category=
    Tateossian F07 Color 2: http://sannoul1.godo.co.kr/shop/goods/goods_view.php?&goodsno=505&category=

    Not liking the mint color on the back of the frames for color 2 though

    or

    Lindberg: http://www.eyescafe.co.kr/front/php/product.php?product_no=1344&main_cate_no=31&display_group=3

    This is exactly the pair of frames I've been looking for (could be bigger) it's light, minimalistic, thin. However I'm not sure if it's worth the price.

    I'm guessing the Lindberg will come out to roughly $700-800 with lens and the Tateossian $250-$350
     
  15. koreaderivative

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    ah, sorry for the late reply. Ive been out of town for a week. Nina Ricci Suit for around that price is reasonable. You should have hustled them for some free socks.

    Im assuming that you got a suit off the rack?? Did they not have your size at the store? I dont understand what you mean by them measuring you. I dont know your exact body type and measurments, but for me, Nina Ricci generally tends to be a bit boxy at the waist. Be careful about who is measuring you, as well. The guys usually over tailor the suits. ie. shorten the arms and waist, if you are not careful.

    When it comes to tailoring quality, I personally feel that department stores overall tend to do it properly. They wont hand stitch it, but at the same time, its not necessesary with a Nina Ricci. Also, it should be free, even if its on sale.

    Yup, its called 백화점 상품권. I dont know a place around apku to get one, but usually if you go elsewhere, along the street they should show some examples in the windows. The service centers at the department stores wont give you a discount, as its kind of against company policy. There is a black market that does that, if you know what I mean, thats why you pay cash for it at a 10% discount.

    I hope you enjoy your suit!
     
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  16. koreaderivative

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    Usually, if its a popular brand, just go to the flagship store to tailor it. If its a Brioni, go to Brioni, Zegna go to Zegna, etc. The prices they charge is quite reasonable. Also, since its their official store, they should have someone who speaks english. Although tailors in Seoul are hit or miss whether you do suit alterations, or get a custom made, what you are saying seem like very minor alterations. I wouldnt worry too much about them messing it up. However, for letting out the waist, if there is a back split on your trousers (the "v" for suspenders), you will have to go to someone who actually has some sense in suit tailoring.

    As for Savile Row or the Hyatt Guy (the well known one is at Grand Hyatt . JJ Mahoney), is this for shirts?
     
  17. dgsdm

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    I just got my suit from Shinsegae. I only got the waist and length of my pants tailored, tell me what you guys think of the fit


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    Ignore the shoes please, definitely wearing something else with them. I have a really skinny upper body and I wasn't really sure if the jacket needed any tailoring. The sales person told me that if I got it slimmed it would be unflattering for me.

    Btw koreaderivative, today I saw a paul smith mainline suit for approx $700 no tax at the lotte duty free shop, that's really cheap right..? And the same exact suit I bought for 490,000W in Lotte when I paid 525,000W at Shinsegae -__- Feel like I screwed myself here. Do they price match at the dept. stores?
     
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  18. curzon

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    I've brought in frames I've obtained on my own to numerous Korean optical shops and had no problem having lenses made. Cheap and fast. They'll try to upsell you to Zeiss or Nikon lenses, but the cheap plastic is just fine.
     
  19. dgsdm

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    ^ so you're saying Korean branded lenses are almost just as good as the nikon and zeiss etc brands?

    Thank you, exactly the information I needed.
     
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  20. curzon

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    I didn't say that. In fact I don't know of any "Korean-branded" lenses. I know of Korean-made ones. And they work just fine. I haven't gone blind yet.
     

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