On this week’s episode of The Worn & Wound Podcast, we sit down with Mark Cho, one of the best-dressed gents around and co-founder of the men’s haberdashery, The Armoury. Whenever I run into Mark or see him pop across my Instagram timeline, I can’t help but be jealous of what he’s wearing. Everything fits impeccably, his fabric choices are spot on, and the way he pairs colors and patterns seems effortless. Mark’s attention to detail is second to none, and that meticulousness is carried over to The Armoury, and that’s precisely what makes the store so great. Mark’s also a watch guy with a really neat, focused collection. Today, we chat about the Armoury, men’s style, watches, the Japanese concept of mono no aware*, and a whole lot more.
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*A note from Mark Cho: In the podcast , I mentioned a concept called mono no aware. I apologize, I blanked on the details of it during the interview so I wanted to provide some translation and context for listeners (or viewers) who might be interested in the term. “Mono no aware”(物の哀れ) roughly translates to a sensitivity / poignancy to things. It can be interpreted in a few different ways, including appreciating the beauty of transient things, be it physical items, human connections or nature itself. It originated as a Buddhist concept that became important to Japanese culture. Long story short, it means: “to appreciate things and more so because they will not be around for long”. I’d also like to add an additional related concept for listeners (or viewers) to think about: “yaoyorozu no kami” (八百万の神) which directly translates to “8 million gods / spirits”. It implies that gods / spirits are limitless and live in everything around us. Thus all things, even those that are inanimate, are worthy of our respect and appreciation. While I do not subscribe to any particular religion, I do appreciate this sentiment.
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