SEOUL, March 15 (Korea Bizwire) – DIY products are appealing to more and more South Korean consumers who have grown to seek individuality, and are now becoming popular in unconventional products like cosmetics or fashion items.
Local cosmetics brand Etude House launched this month a lipstick product dubbed “Dear My Glass Tinting Lips-Talk” which comes in 20 different colors and 20 cases for customers to choose from for 400 different combinations.
According to the company, the product targets consumers who value individuality, and allows them to create their own unique versions of a lipstick.
Similarly, high-end fashion brand Gucci introduced last year a DIY option for its Dionysus shoulder bag in Korea. The bag can be personalized with different embroidered patches including butterflies, dragonflies, roses, and lizards, and various colors and materials such as crocodile, python, and suede can also be selected.
Local stationery maker Monami also began selling this year a customizable ballpoint pen kit called the “153 DIY Kit” that lets customers to design their own edition of Monami’s signature hexagonal 153 Pen.
Coming with either six, twelve, or twenty color options, the kits come with different tubes, buttons, funnel ends, and multiple springs for customers to assemble the pen themselves.
The concept of DIY furniture was popularized here by Swedish furniture giant IKEA, which opened its first Korean store in December 2014. The company reported 345 billion won ($300.2 million) in revenue last fiscal year (September 2015 – August 2016), and now claims the third spot in the local furniture market.
Other DIY products that are now popular include handmade feed for domestic pets and customizable shoes.
By Kevin Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org)