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tailors in seoul korea?

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

  1. artofwill80

    artofwill80 Member

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    I'm thinking about getting 2-3 pairs of flannel trousers in both mid and light grey from a tailor to prepare for Korea's harsh winter season.
    Can someone recommend a place for me?
     
  2. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Bare minimum, you are paying 200 each and the quality of the flannel is not more than average. You're much better off getting flannel RTW from somewhere like Howard Yount. As a side note, I've made over a dozen orders from him, many well over the customs allowance for SoKo, and I've yet to get hit with a customs bill.

    Another option involves sourcing your own fabric and bringing it to a tailor, but I've gotten hit by customs going that route before.

    Unless you've got a tricky body type, I'd recommend going Yount over a tailor in Seoul. Wolf vs Goat also has an amazing pair of pants that I got for the winter.

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  3. oek736

    oek736 New Member

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    I moved back to Korea a few weeks ago researched the available tailors extensively until I was satisfied. All of this research led me to choose Manchester Tailor in Itaewon. My bottom line was to get as many fittings as I needed, get the suit made exactly as I wanted, and for a price point that was reasonable in comparison to the quality. The other tailors that I researched led me to believe that one of these factors would not be met. To ensure that I had my bespoke suit made exactly as I wanted I wore one of my Brooks Brothers suits that I purchased in the U.S. four weeks ago. That was what I wanted. They really nailed it, it was made exactly as I wanted, and met all my criteria. The suit with two pairs of pants was 550,000 won. They shortened the sleeves on two of my U.S. purchased sports coats for free and I then had a pair of pants made that went with each sport coat. They are exactly like my suit pants but are of course different in color. These two pairs of paints ran me 300,000 won. By replicating the stitching, lining, zippers, belt loops, etc as my Brooks Brothers suits I am sure that I added cost. I wanted quality, received quality, it looks quality, and I am very satisfied. They are close to McDonalds in the International Underground Market. I thought it would be valuable for the community to comment on my experience.
     
  4. strangedream

    strangedream Well-Known Member

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    Was it a full canvas jacket Also, would you share some picture of Manchester Tailor's work? Would love to check them out.
     
  5. Idreamofsakura

    Idreamofsakura Active Member

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    I'm sorry, but Itaewon scared me. That place is full of swindlers. I tried to have a coat done, sent a picture before hand and emailed them in Korean if they had what I wanted to my specifications. I get there, and nothing was taken into consideration. That includes Manchester in the basement ( 400,000 for cashmere and 390 for wool? something is up) Capital, Dynasty and two others. I didn't go to Saville row or Han's due to time. Sam's is probably the closest to it that I know of, but my friend got a suit from there... about 600,000 for Super 150, but it came out a big boxy (He's a Cornell alumni and gives discounts to people from there). In light of that situation, I was curious about 143 tailor behind the main road and looks DRAMATICALLY different from all the other places I've been to. Anyone been there?
     
  6. ryoneo

    ryoneo Senior member

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    All that you have mentioned at all MTM. 143 is no different. Savile Row and Hahn's are one of few that have their own in-house cutters.
     
  7. Idreamofsakura

    Idreamofsakura Active Member

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    Thanks for the response! :) Should I assume that all the places listed in ticketmonster or coupang are all MTM also?
     
  8. Fyall

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    We bought several Suits from Mr. Lim's outside of OSAN and were pleased. Now we want to purchase some more, but can't find our contact information for him. Do you have it? An address/email/website? Thanks, "we want more!"
     
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    I'm at Osan right now, send me a PM and i can go down there and get his info for you.
     
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  11. Zorigoo

    Zorigoo New Member

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    Hi,

    Has any of you heard about Harrison Tailor in Cheongdamdong, and La Barca Tailor. Are they good tailors? Which tailor has the best MTM service in Korea. Since bespoke is out of my budget, im interested in MTM suits.

    Thanks
     
  12. artofwill80

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    Mr. Claghorn,

    You're info has been very invaluable to me.
    Thank you very much.

    I did manage to find a decent pair of flannel-like pants in the Doota shopping center near the Dongdaemun History Culture subway station.
    It was a lucky find.
     
  13. artofwill80

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    If your budget is around 750,000 won, there is a place called Tailorable Blue Label just outside of Itaewon that make full canvass bespoke suits.
    Here are some of the photos of my navy herringbone suit along with the fittings. The material they used is Samsung Goldtex Super 100 with cupro lining.
    They also have a web site http://www.tailorable.co.kr/

    It might be better for you to see if Han's or Saville Row make full canvass suits. They're not bespoke, but they're about 150,000 won cheaper than Tailorable.



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  14. artofwill80

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    Does anyone know of a decent tailor for a Chesterfield overcoat or should I just go to the department stores?
     
  15. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I have ordered two pairs and will follow-up after I pick them up. laffiar.com

    Shoes are MTM. I ordered Balmoral Goodyear in black and Bolongnese loafers in tan.

    They have many styles as examples in the store in various colors, leather and finishes. They were ok with changing some styles to other leathers that I saw on shoes, while certain shoes seemed to be more limited.

    After picking style and colors, the cobbler (leather apron-clad) comes into the shop to measure. Measuring comprises trying on a couple of shoes in similar styles and sizes, tracings of your feet, and measurements made with a tape including length, across the ball of your foot, wrapped around the ball (two places) and then wrapped around your instep (two places).

    Shoes will be ready in three weeks.
     
  17. tinola

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    Hope this isn't inappropriate (too advertisement-y?), but I want to recommend a shop a lot of people probably already know about: Fabric Corner. It's a common result when doing an ebay search, but a lot of people on this thread recommend getting your own fabric, but I couldn't find any good posts here on how to do it. I was lucky enough to have a friend just push me straight to Fabric Corner, and it worked out great.

    I know this is my first post here, as I've just been lurking, but the modicum of proof I can offer is over here at http://www.reddit.com/user/tinola, where I've made a similar post and have a longer comment history.

    This shop is flat out fantastic in their customer service.To just rip directly from my post over on reddit, I ordered enough cloth for two pieces, but actually wanted three (noob mistake). Nic, knowing I was on a timeline for an upcoming event, actually had her husband drive up about 3.5 hours from London to her shop in Leeds to try and get the fabric shipped in time for me. When she missed the day's UPS pickup, she then spent the rest of the evening trying to liaise with the UPS depot and get it shipped anyway. It didn't work out, but that doesn't change how hard she worked her tail off.

    Anyway, hope this can help others looking to import their own fabric - for the record, I bought no-name 130s (97% wool, 3% cashmere), and the fabric was great. Can instantly tell the difference between it and the Korean fabrics that were in my price range (under 1m).
     
  18. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    If you are who I'm thinking you are, that friend would be me.
     
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  19. tinola

    tinola New Member

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    Heeeey buddy - by the power of reddit, you are now privy to my mild obsession with Fantasy Football.
     
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  20. Idreamofsakura

    Idreamofsakura Active Member

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    Anyone know anyone in Dongdaemun that makes shirts? I was thinking about purchasing some fabric abroad and having them made here. I have some friends coming here and theyd be able to bring it.
     

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