Sounds like an ass. Â Either that, or he is still playing the same schtick that used to work for Savile Row tailors, as Manton described previously. Â I personally believe that someone who genuinely loves clothes and furnishings should try to convey part of that enthusiasm to his customers, like a good teacher. Â To be a little more positive, there is a brand new store tucked away on Newbury Street, called Stel, that I would recommend very highly to Bostonians and visitors. Â They have a skeleton website, Â www.stelinc.com
. Â Unfortunately, it doesn't tell you much, but I would liken their lines to those of Steven Alan in NYC - casual and contemporary, with an eye for quality over trendiness - grown up cool. Â If you like the streetwear at Alan Bilzerian or Louis, chances are that you'll like this place. Â And as an added bonus, the owners/operators are very friendly, and you'll get a much more laid back vibe than at those other two places (although, in general, I've had rather pleasant experiences at both those stores.) Â They have shirts by Coast, pants by Weber, and jackets by Duffer of St. George, among other things. Â I really hope that they survive their rather obscured basement location on the "streetwear" end of Newbury Street. You'll find cooler than usual stuff for your girlfriend/wife/fiancee too. In general, I have been extremely unimpressed with the availability of good casualwear for men in the Boston area. For women, though, it's a different story. There are plenty of shops that have very good stuff for the woman who is too old to be wearing hip huggers and flipflops and too young to be wearing, well, what my mother wears. Stel is a good example of a look many 20 and 30 somethings of either gender should aspire to.