As I’ve mentioned, I’m currently studying Menswear Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.
The program has been a valuable experience in many ways. With one semester remaining I have already benefited greatly from understanding the technicalities and nuances of pattern-making, fabric composition, clothing construction, etc.
For example, when I’m dealing with clothing manufacturers, both domestic and international, I am able to communicate using a technical vocabulary, give very specific instructions, hand-inspect the quality of their work, and revise samples for review and improvement.
Apart from the curriculum, another advantage of the program is simply being around other creative people with similar interests. I certainly have some stylish classmates. Paul Kim, featured here, has my favorite style of the bunch.
Like me, he loves tailored clothing and styles it with modern, youthful punches. He does “classic with a twist” (which just about every menswear designer is experimenting with these days) as good as anyone I know.
Paul was born and raised in South Korea. Prior to coming to the United States, Paul was a professional dancer who performed backup for a number of famous Korean singers and bands. This gave him the opportunity to meet professional stylists, which fueled his passion for clothing and eventually lead him to fashion design.
Here, he gave us a glimpse at the personal touches he puts into his wardrobe.
1. Subtle Colors, Unique Details
“I typically try to play within basic color combinations. This way I always have a simple backdrop to add subtle details.
I almost always try to dress somewhere between dressy and casual.
Here it’s dark denim with a blue shirt and navy pinstriped blazer under a classic tan trench…with a few different touches like the white & navy polka-dot socks, large safety pin on the chest pocket, and handmade studded patch that make the outfit a bit unique.”
- Dark rinse jeans by H&M
- Tan trench by Lago & Filo
- Navy chalkstripe wool blazer by Rugby
- Vintage tie (from Paul’s father when he participated in the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games)
- Brown leather tassel loafers by Lago & Filo
- Brown leather belt by Zara