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STEPHEN SEO | The Style, Art & Life of a Bespoke Designer

I recently had the privilege of meeting Stephen Seo, an established menswear designer of the Fortune 500 C.E.O crowd. His clienteles boast that of an elite group, of which also includes celebrities and business game changers. Seo’s work is a fresh take on the old houses of Savile Row. Of recent projects, he became the official suit designer for HBO’s Entourage, in which he recently wrapped up the final season.

Stephen Seo started in the business as a Creative Director for a Marketing firm. During one of his trips to London to meet with the C.E.O. of Rolex, Stephen realized his personal appearance was just as important in closing the deal as what his talents offered. Hence, he was introduced to the art and craftsmanship of Savile Row while in London. After having a few suits made, Seo realized there was a new calling for him.

Seo began in learning the process, skills and techniques of the old craftsmanship of the famous lane and took what he knew back to the states. He quickly gained a following and has never looked back.

What is appealing with Seo’s suits are the subtle details that are the markings of his signature. He loves to mix old Scottish tweeds and english herringbones with a pop of beautiful printed silk lining. The suits are then finished with a corresponding pop of button-hole thread color that subtly stands apart from other power suits. His dress shirts also play into the same concept in the contraposition of patterns, colors and textures.

If you are getting married and looking for a more personalized stylish alternative to the tux, I would highly recommend getting a suit custom to your frame and styled by Stephen Seo. Next year I will be photographing a client who is getting married in a Stephen Seo suit.

I brought my husband along as a prospective client during my meeting with Seo. All three of us hit it off so well that Seo took us on a tour of his beautiful home overlooking the NY Stock Exchange off of Wall St. Seo chose the location for the symbolism in which his company represents. His beautiful home boasts a roof deck pool as well as an underground pool secluded in an old bank vault. His building has a golf simulator, one of the few available in Manhattan (like Drive495). Not only does Seo styles the power-packed crowd of C.E.O.’s and the likes, he also lives the style out himself.

I was privy to the details of several deals that Seo has in the works, if all goes well, the label may become synonymous with a luxury lifestyle and fast cars. If you are an investor looking for the next big style maker, you may want to consider the name Stephen Seo.

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