The Finished Product: Getting a Custom-Made Suit in Seoul

As I mentioned before, getting a custom-made suit in Seoul is really economical compared to buying one off the rack. In this post I told you about how Matt was getting fitted for a suit, but I held off on recommending the place until we saw the finished product and could assure you all that is was in fact worthy of recommendations–but no worries, it definitely is!

custom made suit from Korea

Matt at the wedding in the finished product! Sorry, I didn’t get any full body shots.

We picked up Matt’s three piece suit a couple of weeks before we left for Seattle so he could have it to wear to the wedding we were attending. The grand total for three pieces (pants, vest and jacket) plus a custom-made white dress shirt (complete with his initials sewn into the cuffs) was 348,000 won, or about $307.

Getting a custom made suit in Seoul

Getting a custom made suit in Seoul

Getting a custom made suit in Seoul

We purchased the suit from Mercury Custom Tailor. Benjamin, the owner, is really nice and speaks amazing English. The total turnaround time for the suit was about a month, and we were told it could be done faster than that if needed. The suit is really high quality–made of a cashmere blend, and Benjamin was up to speed with all the latest men’s fashions in Asia, Europe and America/Canada. He listed out for us all of the different details on the suit that were most popular in each region, and then within the regions, for the different age groups. I have never given a moments thought to men’s fashion, so it was definitely informative! They make suits for men (and women) of all ages, from all over the world. He didn’t need to stand out on the street and cat-call passerby’s in an attempt to get customers like other Itaewon-area shops, because the customers find him. Plus, he seems like he’s way too classy for that anyway.

Getting a custom made suit in Seoul

If you’re in the market for a custom suit in Seoul, definitely go to Benjamin at Mercury Custom Tailor. We just walked in, but I’m sure you could call ahead for an appointment too.

Mercury Custom Tailor

57-13, Itaewon-dong, Yong San-gu, Seoul, Korea

(02) 796-0846

cell: 019-282-0846

mercuryben2@hotmail.com

mercuryben@hanmail.net

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  1. Wow! That’s a great deal and looks like it fit great! Good to know if I’m ever in Seoul – I’ll bring my dad or brother to get a custom-made suit!

    • Haha, for sure! And a good suit lasts a guy YEARS…not like us girls, who need a new dress for every occasion 🙂 Matt never spends money on clothes and usually wears running pants, so I whole-heatedly support his decision to buy clothes whenever possible!

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  3. Benjamin’s the man! I’ve bought a number of suits and shirts from him over the years. Left Korea in 2009 so haven’t been there since, unfortunately.

    • He is so nice! My husband brings up all the time that we should have gotten some more stuff made, and we already decided that if we’re ever back in Korea we better get him another suit!

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  5. Looks like a great and well fitting suit! If I’m ever over in that part of the world I’ll have to take the opportunity to get myself one!

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  8. Wow, that suit turned out fantastic, and for such an affordable price. It’s so nice that Benjamin was also flexible with the turnaround too. Thanks for sharing!