Growing up in Seoul, Korea, Towan Kim saw the fields begin to transform into massive skyscrapers over time, which may have played a role in the development of his love for architecture and design. Now living in East Bay, Kim works on the BraytonHughes Design Studio team, creating luxurious interiors customized to clients every specification. Here are a few of Kim's go-to choices for nutrition, style, and fitness.
I always recall my lessons with my maters of kin, Young kee Hong and In kee Hong, my two uncles. They’ve given me the insightful guides that continue to shape me, the principals of the mind and body’s coexistence and the practice of ‘relaxed concentration’. The lessons from them are something that I carry with me all the time, encourage myself to practice and recite when things get tough.
This is easy. My dear mom’s cooking. At the same time, I believe our bodies benefit best from what we eat when it’s connected with who we are and the cultural diet from the place where we grow. I think of myself as a tree nourished in one location/country, uprooted and relocated in the soils of California. And as always, everything in moderation.
I don’t have one now and thought one day I might, but didn’t happen. Instead, I regularly go on group camping trips without WiFi or phones (well phones only for pictures). I take pride in partaking in all family and friend gatherings – we have done summer camping trips to Canada’s National Park with the same 20 people for the past 13 years. I also take an annual winter trip to South Lake Tahoe with friends and family.
Designer clothing shops/tailors
I used to go to Café Coton for all my shirts, but they have been closed in San Francisco. I now go to Couture near Union Square for suits and shoes, but recently found out that they are moving too!
My grandfather owned a barbershop in South Korea and growing up, he always cut my hair. I would hang out there soaking up on all the barbershop stories, so I eventually learned how to cut hair as well and I cut my son’s hair now. Cutting my own hair can get a little complicated, so I do have Holly at Hair Shapers!