A family crisis arises when a respected tailor suddenly leaves home.
Lee Man Sool (Shin Goo) is a master tailor who has been trying to preserve the dying art of making custom men’s suits from scratch through his family-owned business, Laurel Tree Tailor Shop, which has been in business for almost 100 years. However, Man Sool one day departs without notice, leaving only a note behind for his wife, Choi Gok Ji (Kim Young Ae); twice-divorced daughter, Lee Dong Sook (Oh Hyun Kyung); Dong Sook’s daughter, Kim Da Jung (Pyo Ye Jin); and son, Lee Dong Jin (Lee Dong Gun). Man Sool knows that his old-fashioned tailor shop is a dying business and asks his family to sell it for him while he is away because he doesn’t have the heart to do it himself.
Man Sool’s old apprentice, Bae Sam Do (Cha In Pyo), who now runs a fried chicken business with his wife, Bok Sun Nyeo (Ra Mi Ran), is devastated by the news of his old master’s disappearance and wants to return to the tailor shop, but Sun Nyeo is still smarting over his past failed tailor businesses and forbids it.
Man Sool’s employees, seamstresses Na Yun Sil (Jo Yoon Hee) and Geum Choon Daek (Lee Jung Eun), want to keep the business open until the master tailor’s return, but Yun Sil keeps having bad experiences every time she runs into Dong Jin.
When Dong Jin’s wife, Min Hyo Joo (Goo Jae Yee), divorces him after he is unseated as the president of her father’s company, Meesa Apparel, by Hyo Joo’s stepbrother, Min Hyo Sang (Park Eun Seok), and stepmother, Han Eun Sook (Park Jun Geum), Dong Jin decides to return to his father’s tailor shop.
Meanwhile, Yun Sil’s friend, Kang Tae Yang (Hyun Woo), is dumped by his longtime girlfriend, television announcer Choi Ji Yeon (Cha Joo Young), while Dong Sook is determined to help washed-up singer Sung Tae Pyung (Choi Won Young) get back on his feet.
Can Dong Jin help preserve his father’s business in the face of ready-made competition from his former in-laws? “Laurel Tree Tailors” is a 2016-2017 South Korean drama series directed by Hwang In Hyuk.