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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Our Man In Istanbul - The Atelier Of Civan

A couple of months ago I received an email from Civan in Istanbul introducing me to their atelier. It was in response to my request to find artisans and makers out there who wanted to share with us what they were doing. I think you will like Civan's work. It is bright and funky, innovative and totally unexpected from what I'd consider to be an Istanbul atelier. Here is what Bahar had to say about their boutique.

Hello, this is Civan from Istanbul. Civan is a menswear boutique which is specialized in tailor made and design outfits for men. At Civan, all the design pieces including the accessories are made to measure and can be varied by personal taste of the customers. The idea of this project came out of the desire of the founders (Kerem Kucukgurel, Bahar Gozkun) for good quality hand work and perfect forms of the past times. Civan has a mission for bringing the almost lost artisanal work back and combine it with actual and timeless designs.


Men need a new inspiration for fashion. The men in Istanbul are more open for fashion in these last years, but they still need to become more confident. Istanbul is a multi cultural city, this gives a way for different styles, a comparatively smaller group of people follow their own style. The rest is still a bit conservative. The growing gay population in Istanbul supports men's style pretty much as well.


Civan prepares its own collections two seasons a year. Whole collection is tailored in house as samples. No sizes! Customer can buy the sample away or order a new one for his measures, in different material, with different buttons, etc... Civan collects its source material around the city as well as the world. A little tailor shop or an antique store where we can find vintage fabrics and buttons or a nice store in Paris... Civan collections might look quite vintage from a distance but when you give a closer look you will notice the timeless details. Such as Democratic Shirt, ''Can You Button Me Up?'' Shirt or High - Pleated Trousers.


While measuring for a jacket , the chest part is the most important one because this measure determines the size of the top. Later we check the possible asymmetry around the body. Another important thing is to check the little hunchback that every person has where the behind of the neck and the spine meets. 

2013 summer is very colourful and playful for us. This is our second summer collections including shirts, shorts, trousers, summer jackets ( only on order ), candy like bowties, colourful hand made lace ties and pocket squares. 

Our biggest employee concern is to keep a good tailor who knows the quality, clean hand work, gentle touch. Thank god we are lucky! :)



The most exciting cloth was a richly printed silk fabric from 1960's.

Civan is located at:
Cukurcuma Caddesi No:42
Beyoglu/Istanbul
(+90)212 243 32 11

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