I'm SO excited to see your Seoul series. I'm from Seoul, but living in the US, so your images make me extremely homesick. Seoul's a great fashion city, although it's eclipsed by other Asian powerhouses like Tokyo. Thanks for posting these!!
This reminds me of what Michael Cera might look like in Korea. I can see why you were drawn to him. Bright red sweater, the "business blue" shirt, and what is that little bit of green at his collar, great colors that could easily be overlooked, the warm vest atop the sportcoat, feel like Issey Miyake choices. He looks very sure of himself and comfortable with his sartorial choices and isn't that what it's all about?
You've got a great eye! I'm Korean and it's funny because I'm always lamenting about how I rarely see fashionable Korean men with unique style but I may need to reevaluate this now. I heard it's freezing in Korea right now and I see a peek of the snow in the back but this guy is so chill~!
It's so interesting to see how differently fashion bloggers see the people of a culture when they travel there. Facehunter went to Korea awhile ago, but he only captured a certain style of people while there, and I think he missed out on a lot. You, on the other hand, are doing a perfect job of capturing both what you think is interesting along with finding the most interestingly-dressed people of Korea. This is how fashion blogging and photography should be done! Thanks for showing the true style of Korea :) Hope you have an amazing time, and I can't wait to see the rest of your shots!
I like the color combination and textures- even the slightly cheap-ish vest is a nice touch. I especially enjoy the red peeking out of the tweed sleeves.
It looks like there's a huge shift towards retro fashion in Seoul right now. This reminds me of the late 1960's -70's style of students in Korea/Japan – maybe it's because of the new movie, Norwegian wood?
Loving the Roy Rogers vintage vibe on the vest. It would never occur to me to layer it with these colors showing underneath. And he's wearing the bandana (?) like an ascot! Combined with his hipster hair stylings, he's taken bits from the American style idiom (the bandana and vest) made them his own in a way that really hangs together. Cool guy.
This is one inch away from total tacky. It's being on that edge that makes it interesting. Being from Korea, I identify this with old world peasant look when they couldn't afford to buy anything that matched! Korea, you've come a long way. BTW, it has a unique cultural identity that's different from Japan/China. Sorry, got carried away analyzing. It's only fashion, right?
It is a pleasure to welcome you to Seoul, Scott, the city which has been my home for the past 15 years. The environs of Dosan Park are one of my stomping grounds and it's not surprising you've found a good number of "meotjaengis" (fashion forward folks) mulling about.
The depth and breadth of appreciation for "style" as opposed to "fashion" here is growing at an exciting pace. Having evolved from being generally oblivious to style, Korean guys, many of whom until not long ago felt more comfortable having their mothers and girlfriends buy their clothes, are now fully aware of how to dress well and aren't bashful about spending money to do so.
For those readers who don't know, Korea is fast emerging from the shadows of her larger neighbors – China and Japan – to take the lead in influencing style and culture in Asia. Truly a dynamic place as Scott is finding out during his time here. I truly hope this is not your last time to visit.
your last two posts were done in seoul! finally, something cheery to brighten my cold days here in seoul :). my sisters and i have been big fans of your work since you started. thanks for the great photos!
i used to go to dosan park as a child growing up. thanks for bringing up a great memory of mine. very nice picture. you should check the local fish market to see some very exotic grandmas and grandpas working :)
It's so amazing to see how Scott find such beautiful guys and girls on every corner of the world! I think he has falcon's eyes. :) Scott, you are doing a real perfect job! The people in your picture are perfect and the backgrounds of the picture are perfect, and the light, the story..everything is perfect!
Call me old fashioned but I don't get the layering of long jackets over short jackets. I like the colours underneath the jacket. Not so much the jacket which is in the colours of an old suburban RER in Paris: old brown & old orange!
Thank you so much for going to Seoul. Lived there for a year and I just loved the fashion. I hope you find inspiration there. I know I did. By the way, this guy is amazing. I keep coming back to look at him.