Courtesy of: Stephen Seo
I recently had the opportunity to chat with Stephen Seo a very well established menswear designer. One would think that someone who dresses celebrities and many Fortune 500 big wigs might have a pretentious air about them. Stephen was a true gentlemen in all sense of the word. He also was extremely down to earth and described his interesting experiences in the apparel industry. Stephen exudes a confident and cool attitude that men ascribe to and women love. After a meeting with Rolex a few years back, Stephen who was in marketing at the time, decided that personal presentation is very important to grand success and began his creative journey into menswear. After meeting him and viewing his amazing men's collection, I can easily see why the men of Entourage work with him. As an additional note, he also creates handsome custom tuxedos for those men who have recently gotten engaged! This menswear genius lives in Manhattan overlooking the stock exchange and Wall Street and is inspired by the energy of the area.
DP: Tell me about your impeccable suit collections and how you began in the apparel industry?
SS: My collection is crafted by hand, a garment takes 60 to 70 hours to complete. I have always had an appreciation for the tradition and craftsmanship of Savile Row in London. I entered this industry as a frustrated consumer myself. I was just looking for clothes that fit me, and the idea of Bespoke seemed like an obvious choice for me. I love fashion and wanted to share my passion with people & with those who want to distinguish themselves.
DP: What's the 2012 late/Summer Man-- explain the look and what's going on for Fall 2012?
SS: A well-tailored sports blazer has been a great look for the summer-- perhaps with a dress linen shirt. You can wear them with either a pair of shorts or denim jeans. Very cool look! The same blazer will take you into Fall. It's all about being versatile. However, a big check or windowpane pattern will be very big for this Fall. They are very classic and a sophisticated look. It's all about the details.
DP: You dress the men of Entourage - tell me about that experience! What other celebrities do you work with?
SS: Entourage was one of greatest opportunities for Stephen Seo's history. It was a awesome lifestyle showcase for our target audience. They were fun to work with and appreciated hand crafted garments. The cast even wanted to keep my garments for their own events! We are hoping to work with David Beckham and Daniel Craig on future projects that are in the works.
DP: Men, like women need to look polished. What's the one item in your collection every man should own?
SS: A lot of men forget to wear a pocket square. That is a very important key element to complete "the look." You can choose a printed Italian silk, cotton, or linen, depends on the occasion. It's the perfect way to polish-off your look, men!
DP: I hope all of the men out there are taking notes. What's your best advice for other men and women looking to break into the business and fashion industries.
SS: Confidence is the one word that we all need to believe in. Whatever you design, style or wear, maximizing your confidence level is the most important thing in fashion.
Stephen Seo, Departures.com