Assisi is a younger tailoring home based mostly within the Huam-dong space of Seoul. It was solely established three years in the past, however the tailor that leads it, Kim Min Soo, has been slicing for 15 years.
Like most Korean tailors I’ve seen, the crew are extra style-conscious than many of the bespoke world, and that was the very first thing that attracted me. The imagery I’d seen was of stylish, drapey tailoring – tasteful but trendy.
I’d additionally heard, nevertheless, that the execution was good, and so after they I had the possibility to satisfy them in Florence this previous January, I took up the chance to have one thing made.
Though they don’t at present journey to Europe or the US, they do cowl an honest a part of the PS readership by travelling to Australia, Singapore and Thailand. They usually plan to journey to London, New York and Taipei sooner or later.
In Singapore and Bangkok, Assisi are hosted by The Decorum, which has retailers in each cities. It was they that helped organize the fittings, and so they had been hyper organised.
I picked out the fabric upfront – an dark-grey herringbone tweed – and so they introduced it to Florence. We met on the Tuesday afternoon for measurements and session, and so they made the jacket up for a primary becoming on Thursday.
They’d hoped to finish the jacket after one becoming, and that first becoming (beneath) was actually good. As in, the steadiness was excellent left to proper and again to entrance, either side even (that sounds straightforward, however in fact nobody is symmetrical, as you see as quickly as you placed on a ready-made go well with) and an incredible form via the again into the nape of my neck.
In the long run they determined they wanted a second becoming, nevertheless, and after they heard I used to be going to be in Japan, flew there to satisfy me. (In any other case we’d have met once more in Florence this June.)
In Tokyo, once more we would have liked yet one more becoming than initially thought. We met at my resort – The Imperial – on the Tuesday, however ended up doing a ultimate tweak at Sarto Ginza on Thursday (Sarto being an alterations home that they used for the intervening work).
I’ve to say, it was by turns humorous and intimidating having so many individuals watching. At the least in Florence everybody was unfold out round their beneficiant condo, however in Tokyo we had been squeezed collectively, all wanting to see how the jacket appeared.
At anybody time there have been two individuals from Decorum, three from Assisi, plus me and the photographer Alex. And Moto once we had been at Sarto.
Folks at all times ask whether or not I get particular therapy, and I’m usually pretty assured that I do not. Not that some may not attempt particularly arduous, given the result shall be so public, however quite that I speak to sufficient different prospects that I do know if the product is inconsistent elsewhere.
Plus, should you’re not a great tailor it’s arduous to fake. The outcomes are there for all to see, and tailoring just isn’t that forgiving. You may look good in an ill-fitting shoe, however not a go well with.
Nonetheless, when there are 5 completely different individuals trying on the approach your jacket hangs it may be arduous to carry to that perception.
I confess the eye did make it arduous for me to focus on the match and magnificence.
In Florence, I initially tried on a jacket belonging to one of many tailors, to get a way of the reduce. They like an even bigger match, with large shoulders and beneficiant lapels. I felt the lapels had been a bit of a lot, so we sketched on some new ones with chalk, reducing the gorge and narrowing the width.
In Tokyo I decreased the shoulder width. Once more they like a barely dropped shoulder, but it surely was erring on the facet of an excessive amount of. You may see the unique width on the left shoulder within the picture beneath.
It took me a couple of minutes of strolling round and looking out on the jacket earlier than I felt assured of the change. It’s at all times good observe to provide the shopper a bit of time and area to do that, as nobody (even me) feels assured of all their opinions instantly. However generally tailors want reminding of this.
Different modifications had been minor, but additionally ran to lowering or shaping. The again wanted extra suppression for instance, and was nonetheless very snug when it had it.
Assisi describe their model as their very own however influenced by southern Italian, with ending and particulars which might be extra Milanese.
On my expertise to this point that appears honest, however I’d add that their model is robust and makes the world of distinction. It’s so refreshing to be surrounded by a crew of tailors the place you’d fortunately costume like every one among them.
The Milanese affect comes from grasp tailor Kim Min Soo, who is essentially self-trained however went to Milan at one level to be taught below Paulo Rentini. He educated the remainder of the crew, which includes six tailors and one director.
I’ll evaluate the finished jacket in a few weeks. I may additionally look to one thing broader on Korean tailoring, as this expertise actually justifies it – enhancing significantly on my earlier expertise with B&Tailor’s then agent in Europe.
Assisi bespoke fits begin at $2,950 and jackets $2,300. Trunk exhibits are performed via The Decorum in Singapore and Bangkok, and thru The Finery Firm in Sydney.
The fabric is Harris Tweed C001L, which I chosen based mostly on seeing this image of a made-up jacket. Every time I can lately, I fee tailoring after I’ve seen one thing made up. It reduces the probabilities of errors a lot.
Evaluation of the completed jacket coming in a few weeks.