The Mother of South Korean Men’s Wear Rides the K-Wave

People told Woo Youngmi a war-torn country couldn’t produce luxury fashion. She proved them wrong.

Her garments are worn by stars like Lee Jung-Jae of “Squid Games,” Choi Woo-Shik of “Parasite” and members of the K-pop sensation BTS. But when the South Korean fashion designer Woo Young-mi made her international debut in 2002, few people believed high-end fashion could come out of a country known for its war-torn history.

Ms. Woo, or Madame Woo, as she’s often called, is arguably one of the most successful Korean designers. She is the chief executive of the Solid Corporation, a company that controls two successful labels: Solid Homme and Wooyoungmi. She became the first

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