Seoul, Korea, is quickly becoming one of the world's fashion capital of the world, with Seoul Fashion Week becoming increasingly popular. The current numbers don't lie, either. From 2020 to 2022, the market jumped approximately 10% in revenue across the board, jumping from 28.36 billion to 37.18 billion, respectively.

Outside of just the hard numbers, Korean fashion has made our way into our seasonal rotation, blessing us with the perfect mix of quality staples and statement pieces. To help you better understand the lay of the land, we have outlined the most interesting Korean brands.

Shop the best Korean brands of 2022 below

ADER error

A super creative group, complete with talents from various disciplines, including design, art, graphic design, and architecture, ADER error is one of the most exciting brands to come out of South Korea. Starting in 2014, the fashion studio's core tenet centers around reimagining, often passed over, and everyday garments in exciting and "rotation-friendly" ways. From oversized "edited" reversible knitwear to varsity jackets repurposed as coats, clothing is experimentally tailored, turning some of your favorite staples into undeniable statement pieces. ADER error takes pride in its ability to take the things we missed in the "everyday" and "edit" them in a culturally suggestive way. By the way have you seen their collab with Birkenstock?

AMOMENTO

AMOMENTO clothing embodies classic fashion but is always presented with a modern — almost a futuristic— color palette. In short, you will have no problem adding Lee Mee-Kung's garment to your wardrobe. The Seoul-based label got its start in 2016 and was quickly praised for its structured silhouettes, clean lines, and overall timeless aesthetic, complete with beautifully made fabrics sourced from across Eastern Asia. Even more so, each piece found at AMOMENTO is made in Seoul. As a result, the Korean brand is one of those labels in which finding the perfect pair of trousers, a beautifully cut coat, or a luxuriously comfortable sweater is easy while thumbing through AMOMENTO's offerings.

Andersson Bell

Anderson Bell offers wearers that beloved Scandinavian aesthetic from a Korean perspective. Causing a bit of juxtaposition, this design philosophy produces clothing that is minimalistic in nature, accessible to all style types, but with hints of Korea's eclectic and vibrant fashion culture. The Korean fashion brand is filled to the brim with clothing that is utilitarian, colorful, contemporary, and sometimes even technical. Nonetheless, all of the pieces created by Andersson Bell sit outside of the realms of gender, race, and cultural background.

CAYL

Standing for "Climb As You Love," the Korean brand CAYL creates highly engineered climbing essentials that look fantastic both on the hiking trail and out in the city. Established by Euijae Lee in 2011, the clothing label creates a mixture of activewear and techwear capable of handling demanding situations throughout the four seasons. Lightweight, shell water-repellent jackets? Check. Future-proof technical pants? Easy. Element-ready hiking backpack? No problem. Gorpcore enthusiasts, we've got the brand for you.

Gentle Monster

In the highly competitive eyewear scene, Gentle Monster has emerged as one of the most exciting South Korean fashion brands eyewear. Gentle Monster has built a fanbase based on sleek designs, cinematic marketing, and outstanding materials like fine metal alloys and luxurious acetate. It's common to see fans of a brand getting in line to get a pair of sunglasses that pull directly from the culture's own fashion icons. By the way, the Gentle Monster's Starfield Hanam store is probably one of the coolest brand-owned retail spaces on today's list. Like stepping into Ridley Scott's film, the store merges science fiction with real-life mathematical theories. Gentle Monster is making buying glasses cool again.

WOOYOUNGMI

The brand's creative lead, Woo Youngmi is a legend in South Korea. The designer was the first to design ready-to-wear in the realm of Korean fashion back in 2002. Youngmi's synonymous label, WOOYOUNGMI, was disruptive, to say the least. The designer broke from the conservative style of the time, adding a much-needed refined nonchalance to the trends in the industry. Today continues to break the rules, offering young Koreans the same design language but with hints of bohemian romanticism. Now led by Katie Chung, Central Saint Martins alumnus, and daughter to Woo Youngmi, WOOYOUNGMI is a cornerstone of the Korean fashion scene.

SYSTEM

Minimal meets maximal is how we describe the Korean fashion house system. Designs feel familiar, filled to the brim with your favorite rotation staples and formal basics. But, equally, cuts of the clothing are almost avant-garde — often playing with androgynous proportions, establishing the brand as an authority in the realms of Korean fashion. As for the brand's eye-catching accessories, they tie perfectly into SYSTEM's understated clothing, being the perfect counterbalance.

Recto

Elegance is the game's name for Korean designer Ji Yeon Jung's designs. Exploring the ambiguous boundary between men and women, Rector center's around some of your menswear favorites. Tailored shirts, wool bombers jackets, wide-leg trousers, relaxed denim, ribbed knit cardigans, a healthy mix of leather goods, loungewear, and seasonal boots keep fans of the brand returning for more.

Numbering

Led by Noori Kim, Korean jewelry is another master of reinterpreted classics, choosing jewelry as her preferred medium. The jewelry is extremely wearable and comes from an accessibility standpoint. All jewelry is handmade and is composed of 925 sterling silver and 14k gold-plated brass. Every Numbering design includes a unique numbered engraving, an elegantly straightforward motif from which the brand takes its name.

99%IS

Seoul-based designer Bajowoo first launched 99%IS in 2013, debuting at Tokyo Fashion Week the following year. Regularly breaking news at renowned publications like WWD and GQ Japan, the former COMME des GARCONS and Christian Dada collaborator is worn by the likes of Lady Gaga, Chris Brown, Justin Bieber and G-Dragon on stage and off. 99%IS is sold at famed retailers Isetan Shinjuku and 10 Corso Como Seoul, where it recently had a buzz-worthy pop-up.

Beslow

Beslow is firstly a multi-brand shop before it is a private label. Just as its name may imply, it places value in comfort and ease of wear, urging consumers to slow down and enjoy the garments, and life in general. Well-made basic pieces are not only easy to wear, but also easy to style, effortlessly mix-and-matching.

Diafvine

Diafvine is perhaps Korea's coolest leather-jacket maker, founded in 2002 and focusing on "wild action performance" wear. Pairing luxe horse hair or cowhide leather outerwear with vintage-inspired Hawaiian shirts and sleek fedoras, the Diafvine man is the definition of badass cool. The brand also happens to have one of the most visit-worthy stores in Gangnam, tucked away in the second floor of an unassuming building; you have to ring the bell and be escorted into the world of hunter trophies and Indian incense.

Document

Founder Jongsoo Lee was inspired by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze's concept of "repetition and difference," applying that to his clothing collection which he founded last year. Intentionally limiting the color palette and materials, Lee only changes subtle details between each garment in his collection to create a brand with an unchanging story and identity.

Eastlogue

A Continuous Lean's praise of Eastlogue as "impressive" would be an understatement. To this writer at least, Eastlogue by Dongki Lee is the best in heritage-inspired tailored clothing coming out of Korea. Taking from vintage and military garments, particularly reminiscent of 1930s America, Eastlogue is a reminder that substantially high-quality clothing is possible to produce in the small, up-and-coming country. No wonder the likes of Gentlemonster, Gentry and Oi Polloi love the brand. And now you can also look forward to Unaffected, Eastlogue's younger, more culturally experimental label, which just launched.

Heritagefloss

“The best floss makes the best fabric and the best fabric makes the best garment” is one of the mottos for Heritage Floss, a four-year-old brand inspired by old sportswear. Starting out from cotton garments, the brand has now expanded to offer padded outerwear and accessories that altogether create casual looks reminiscent of the '90s. HF also almost exclusively dresses one of the most popular indie bands in South Korea now, Hyukoh, being largely responsible for the country's current street trends.

Hyein Seo

Coming out of the prestigious Antwerp Royal Academy, Hyein Seo may not be pigeonholed as a Korean brand, but we felt that the designer, who's from Korea, deserved to be mentioned. The former VFILES Made Fashion Week participant and Rihanna dresser is now sold at boutiques like Boon the Shop, her horror film and skater punk inspirations beloved by those rebellious at heart.

IISE Seoul

Serbian poet Dejan Stojanovic popularized the phrase, "the farther away, the closer the home becomes." That's most certainly what happened to IISE co-founders Terrence and Kevin Kim, two second-generation Korean-American brothers who were so mesmerized by their cultural roots that they decided to create a brand inspired by them. IISE is probably the only brand on this list that takes design cues from ancient Korean architecture and traditional garb, interpreted through beautifully dyed and handmade leather accessories. IISE is ramping up with a site relaunch and apparel line next month, so stay tuned.

Mischief Makers

Mischief Makers is the ultimate #bae label, making '90s hip hop girl look as good today as it did yesteryear. Friends and co-founders Jiyoon Jung and Jieun Seo also perfectly embody the brand, rightly considered as two of the coolest females in Korea's underground fashion scene.

Solid Homme by Wooyoungmi

Wooyoungmi, who bases her collection in Paris, also owns and operates Solid Homme Korea. Urban aesthetics and futuristic direction inform the brand, largely characterized by bold outerwear and clean-cut silhouettes.

Vivastudio

Vivastudio is a steadily growing brand that seems to be finding its own style at a gradual pace. Creative director Youngmin Lee's latest "Hot Air Balloon" collection won our hearts this season with satin bomber jackets and baseball inspirations.

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