Wooyoungmi

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Wooyoungmi
Private Company
IndustryFashion
Founded2002
FounderWoo Young-mi
HeadquartersSeoul, South Korea
Key people
Jang-Hee Woo
Katie Chung
ProductsApparel and accessories
WebsiteOfficial website

Wooyoungmi (stylized as WOOYOUNGMI) is a menswear clothing brand launched in South Korea by the designer Woo Youngmi in 2002.[1] It is sold through own-brand stores and global retailers. Art and architecture are sources of inspiration for the brand.[2] The brand has become known for tailoring.[3]

In 2014, The Korea Herald wrote that “Wooyoungmi has become the most successful Korean independent menswear designer brand.”[4]

History[edit]

Woo Youngmi was born in Seoul, South Korea, in 1959.[5] Her father was the head of an architectural firm, which allowed him to travel extensively, bringing home international magazines, which a young Woo Youngmi studied, growing curious about the world outside Korea. Along with her mother, who taught both art and piano, they did their utmost to use what they had to provide a creative environment for their five children.[6] Wooyoungmi took up fashion studies at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul. On graduating in 1983 she was selected to represent Korea in Japan's Osaka International Fashion Competition, and won.[6] In 1988 Woo Youngmi launched the menswear brand Solid Homme, starting with one shop. Today there are 21 stores opened with Hyundai group, as well as others with Lotte, Shinsegae and Galleria.[6] In 1993 Woo Youngmi and some young designer friends begin ‘New Wave’, as a platform for young designers to show their work. This paved the way for today’s Seoul Fashion Week.[7]

Designer Woo Young-mi founded her eponymous brand Wooyoungmi in 2002.[4] In 2002 Wooyoungmiwas launched in Paris.[7] Youngmi wanted to establish a designer brand that allowed her the freedom to design for the vision she holds of her ideal man.[6] Wooyoungmi has shown on the Paris Menswear Week since 2003.[8] In 2011 Wooyoungmi became an official member of La Chambre Syndicale de la Mode Masculine.[9] Also that year the brand collaborated with London department store Selfridges on the event "My Coat, My Gift," Five young London creatives were asked to redesign the brands' best-selling Coat No. 51. The resulting designs were exhibited in a special pop-up at Selfridges, with a percentage of the sales of the coat during the event donated to charity.[citation needed] In 2012, under the art direction of daughter Katie Chung, Wooyoungmi began collaborating with artists for the creation of their advertising campaigns.[6] Artists to have taken part in this project, to name a few, are sculptures Guerra de la Paz[10] and Korean sculpture Osang Gwon with his unique blend of sculpture and photography[11] and painter Clemens Krauss.[citation needed] In June 2014, Wooyoungmi launched a capsule collection with online retailer Mr Porter.[12] In September of that year Woo Youngmi was named one of 500 people shaping the global fashion industry by the Business of Fashion in their 'BoF 500' 2014.[2] Katie Chung, daughter of Woo Youngmi, was announced joint creative director in 2014 and presented her first show in June 2014 for SS15.[13]

In 2014, The Korea Herald wrote that “Wooyoungmi has become the most successful Korean independent menswear designer brand.”[4] Founded in the 1980s, as of 2016, the fashion house Solid Corporation consisted of two men’s labels: Wooyoungmi and Solid Homme.[14] In 2016, GQ Magazine wrote that “having shown every season in the French capital since 2003 and broken into the western market with high-end stockists such as Selfridges in London and Bon Marché in Paris, Wooyoungmi has established itself arguably as the flagship Korean men's brand in Europe."[14] Founder Woo and her daughter Katie Chung handle design as of 2017.[15][16]

Stores[edit]

Wooyoungmi has 24 stand-alone stores in Asia with one European store in Paris,[17] and is stocked in London's Selfridges and Paris' Le Bon Marché.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Designer profile, brand concept & interview". jamoollife.jp. 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Woo Youngmi". Business of Fashion.
  3. ^ "Wooyoungmi Partners with Mr Porter on a Capsule Collection", Robb Report, August 23, 2014, retrieved February 22, 2017
  4. ^ a b c Ji-sook, Bae (February 14, 2014), "Woo Young-mi seeks homegrown fashion in Paris", The Korea Herald, retrieved February 22, 2017
  5. ^ Fashion Windows: Wooyoungmi Archived 2010-07-16 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ a b c d e Robin Mellery-Pratt (November 26, 2014). "Woo Youngmi Says Focus on Design and Trust Your Team". Business of Fashion. Retrieved February 20, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "MENSWEAR MONDAY: WOOYOUNGMI". Interview Magazine. Retrieved February 20, 2017.
  8. ^ "Contributors - Woo Youngmi". Style. Style.com. Archived from the original on 2015-02-18.
  9. ^ Trois nouveaux membres à la Chambre Syndicale de la Mode Masculine - Gentside
  10. ^ "Guerra de la Paz for Wooyoungmi". Another Magazine. Retrieved February 20, 2017.
  11. ^ "Osang Gwon", The Steidz, November 22, 2014, retrieved February 22, 2017
  12. ^ "Exclusive Interview". Selectism.com. June 3, 2014.
  13. ^ "katie-chung-chez-wooyoungmi-affaire-famille". Newton Magazine.[dead link]
  14. ^ a b Carvell, Nick (November 25, 2016), "WILL SOLID HOMME'S SUCCESS IN KOREA TRANSLATE TO BRITAIN?", GQ Magazine, retrieved February 22, 2017
  15. ^ Verner, Amy (January 21, 2017), "FALL 2017 MENSWEAR Wooyoungmi", Vogue, retrieved February 22, 2017
  16. ^ Foreman, Katya (January 22, 2017), "Wooyoungmi Men's Fall 2017", Women’s Wear Daily, retrieved February 22, 2017
  17. ^ "Wooyoungmi European flagship store". Fashion Trendsetter. Retrieved February 20, 2017.

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