I was a hater for a while. Their old fit never fit me well. I think last year they changed their sizing around and now a L fits me fine. I always thought the reverse seam thing was kinda stupid--just another superflous detail. But then I realized that these details emphasize a casual relaxed look, since unless you really pay attention you can't really notice the details when someone is wearing it. I think talking about construction of most of these brands is a moot point, I'd put my money on a Jcrew shirt any day. Most of the construction defects I've had in clothes come from higher end brands anyways. (one of them from CDG Shirt BTW (all of the buttons fell off after wearing it a couple times (no washing)). Now fabric is another thing. Steven Alan's fabrics are okay. Better than the mall brands, but not as nice as say Band of Outsiders. One day at a store they had Steven alan shirts and BoO shirts on two adjacent racks, and you can really tell the difference when you compare them. So I agree with everyone that they're overpriced. I think the 100-125$ range would be more appropriate. (For 160-170$ I'd want some mother of pearl buttons at least.) However, I do think that they fill their niche nicely, there's not much else out there in the upper mid level quality (and price) range besides APC and some others. So I recently have come around and picked up a Steven Alan shirt last time I was in NY. And I like it a lot. Probably should have waited for a sale, but oh well. someone was asking about fit for the reverse seam shirt: I'm a large (fits loosely on me) a M is definately too small. My chest is 42"