^^i still have some SA shirts from the early 2000. The buttons are really substantial and the fabrics held up really well. They were 170 or so then so not cheap. In ht e past few years I've hit up the sample sales and noticed a slight drop in quality, esp. The buttons.
Regarding the twisted placket: you know you can untwist them with an iron?
Sizing is Tts, with the twisted seam being slimmer than the oxfords. A SA medium is the same as a Gitman vintage m, believe it or not.
The suiting pants are a nice pickup on sale, too.
I've also bought my wife a bunch of women's clothes from SA and she loves them..
I actually don't think either the Single Needle or Classic Collegiate collection features a twisted placket (from what I understand, that is a feature of the Reverse Seam collection). Or perhaps I just don't have a keen understanding of what a twisted placket entails (it is simply a rakish misalignment between button and corresponding buttonhole, nicht wahr?).
At any rate, I can certainly see the value and appeal of Steven Alan from the Single Needle shirt I purchased, and will definitely keep my eyes open for other items that bear the man's name.
I haven't looked at much of the Steven Alan women's apparel. For my girlfriend's sake, I will check it out.