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!
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.
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.
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