Eudon Choi

Korean-born fash­ion de­signer with an eye for the ar­chi­tec­tural

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In Gang­nam, where I am from, there’s a Korean-style Ital­ian restau­rant that I al­ways visit called Tutto Bene. They serve pick­led radish with the tops still on, repli­cat­ing kim­chi, and sea urchins with roe and pasta.

The owner cre­ated two amaz­ing restau­rants; his ethos was to keep his restau­rants for over 100 years. There are so many food trends in Korea, but Tutto Bene is an in­sti­tu­tion for me. They don’t com­pro­mise on the stan­dard of food.

I had a teach­ing job in Seoul last year, so I went mul­ti­ple times. I have lots of friends and fam­ily there, but I do feel like a stranger now since I’ve been in Lon­don for 14 years. Seoul has changed a lot since I left.

I used to live right next to Labour and Wait in Red­church Street, Lon­don, and they have a con­ces­sion at Dover Street Mar­ket. They sell clas­sic artist smocks, work­wear jack­ets and belts made from bri­dle leather. It’s such an eclec­tic col­lec­tion; I love look­ing through the knick-knacks and find­ing un­usual sta­tionery.

Lis­bon in Por­tu­gal has a fab­u­lous soap com­pany, Claus Porto, which I stock up at when­ever I’m there. And I love the food [in Lis­bon], es­pe­cially pas­tel de nata [egg tart pas­try] from Pastéis de Belém.

I travel light, but I al­ways carry a “The Bil­liard-room Of Jean-jac­ques” room spray by Lola James Harper. It’s my sig­na­ture home scent.

I’d love to col­lab­o­rate with Kvadrat; they pro­duce re­ally high-qual­ity fab­rics. I have a sofa made from their fab­ric; it’s prob­a­bly my favourite piece in the house.

I find a lot of in­spi­ra­tion in ar­chi­tec­ture, but I like to cre­ate clothes for the oc­cu­pier. It’s more of a mood than a di­rect in­flu­ence.

The Villa Muller, de­signed by Adolf Loos, is one of my favourite land­marks. His work in­spired my AW17 col­lec­tion. I haven’t had the chance to go yet, but his work was so ahead of his time.

All fab­ric has strengths, but I love to work with wool tailoring. There’s so much move­ment you can cre­ate with skilled stitch­ing and press­ing.

I love see­ing new ex­hi­bi­tions in Lon­don. It’s hard to pick a favourite, but I love the Hay­ward Gallery and The Ser­pen­tine Gallery

The first thing I look at is the sil­hou­ette of an out­fit. It’s all about the pro­por­tions.

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