Folks, I suggest we return to the original topic of this threak and not indulge certain members' pathologies.
It does seem to me -- from personal experience -- that A&S are combating (successfully) the reputations for intractability, unapproachability and haphazardness which had swirled around them. John Hitchcock was extremely open to suggestions (except the idea of a cran Necker, that got shot down fast) and made certain alterations to my suit right in front of me. Further, he and Mr Heywood are downright boosterish about A&S now and about what sets A&S apart from other tailors. Some of it is perhaps puffery, but they appear to be working in good faith to make a good suit with a good fit.