While I am aware that the Andover Shop in Cambridge has been discussed at some length on this forum and on Ask Andy, I am still curious about certain aspects.
I have been to the shop itself, and while I was not in a position to inquire in earnest about suits and sport coats, I liked what I saw. They have a cache of wonderful fabrics, and their shirts and sweaters are very nice as well.
Does anybody have experience with their tailored clothing? The quality looks good, and while the cut seems very traditional, this interview with Dr. Cornel West in which he notes that he is wearing an Andover Shop suit makes it look more flattering than I had previously been led to believe.
(Taking into account, of course, what Dr. West says about the suit being 10 years old. I assume the vest did not fit him quite as tightly when he first bought it.)
I have also seen photographs of sportscaster Bud Collins in some very interesting trousers, which he says are made for him there.
I would be interested to hear about experiences with the staff (I know Charlie is a character, but he was all right when I visited, and the other gentleman was extremely kind and helpful), the process (is it MTM/CMT/bespoke...garments are made in-house, if I am not mistaken), and perhaps most importantly the pricing for custom items.
The Andover Shop website lists RTW prices, but I would like to know how their custom prices compare to Brooks, PRL, et cetera.
Any pictures of garments from the shop would be appreciated as well.