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SUIT UP! MEET THE MEN WHO DO - IN THIS HUMIDITY

And why they're so insistent on it.
SUIT UP! MEET THE MEN WHO DO - IN THIS HUMIDITY And why they're so insistent on it.

It’s not every day you see a chap working a suit for his 9-5 shift. At most, he’ll wear a nice silk tie that pops out from his solid-colored buttondown. But as for a proper jacket, perhaps he’ll leave something bought off the rack draped on the back of his chair and pull it over his shoulders if the boss decides to call for a meeting. It doesn’t even matter if it matches his trousers or if it fits properly. Just as long as it’s black. 

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It all starts with the basic button-down.

Now, that guy might not really give a damn about suits. But do you want to be that guy? (Girls, do you want to be with that guy??)  The answer is most likely 'not really.'

A few Saturdays ago, Style Bible sat down with the heir to B&TailorChad Park, his business partner Joe HaManny Solinap, Jose Oben, Patrick Tsai, and Dabin Kim of Monogram. Lovers all of bespoke menswear (they love a Florence-style Liverano), they enlighten us on why more and more men should and are opting to suit up, yes, even in this unbearable heat.

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Chad Park is the heir to B&Tailor, a sartorial tailoring shop that his father, Park Jungyul, started in 1967 at the age of 17 in Chunju, South Korea.

Joe Ha is a specialist fitter working with B&Tailor

It’s so hot outside! How are you able to wear those suits?

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Joe: We stay in air conditioning the whole day. [Laughs]

Manny: But really, I think it’s the culture. More and more people are starting to wear suits.

I think that depends on the material too, yeah?

Chad: Yes, definitely.

Joe: There are many materials to choose from that would best suit different climates.  

What’s a “sartorial tailor shop?”

Chad: Sartorial and tailor are synonymous. By adding the word sartorial, it somewhat elevates it as it caters to a high-end market instead of a mass market.

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Swatches of fabric from B&Tailor's many suppliers

White collar job

You guys have a big menswear following. What do you have to say about the way guys dress today?

Chad: Classic menswear has become fashionable in the past five to ten years. We see a lot more people dressing up in suits and I think it’s heavily influenced by the Italian menswear scene. People in Hong Kong and a lot of younger people are following with the trends.

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Manny: Also, the cost of menswear has become a lot cheaper and so it’s a lot more accessible. There are price points that exist now that weren’t there before so it’s a function of men wanting to dress better. It’s definitely more in vogue than it used to be.

 

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"A man's shoe shows how well he is able to take care of himself." - Manny Solinap

What’s the first thing you notice in a guy’s outfit?

Manny: Shoes. For me it shows how well a man is able to take care of himself.

Joe: I tend to look at the whole outfit. As long as it makes sense then it’s all good.

Jose: I’ll have to agree with that. Context is very important. Take a college kid for example who wears a pocket square, that doesn’t exactly fit into his lifestyle, does it? Sometimes it looks a bit contrived, and that’s what I notice most of the time. It has to fit into the context of his lifestyle and situation.

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Neckties for dapper guys.

Gentlemen prefer suspenders.

What should a guy never wear with his suit?

Joe: Starbury jacket.

Jose: Flip-flops

Joe: Sneakers

But Kanye and Justin Timberlake like wearing their trainers with suits.

Manny: Then that’s where they make a suit something else, since we are talking about classic menswear. The day we see Kanye wearing a Liverano suit then that’s good.

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(From left to right) Jose Oben, Joe Ha, Chad Park, Manny Solinap, Patrick Tsai, Dabin Kim

Photos by Ira Giorgetti

This interview has been condensed and edited.

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