True, even if he does frequently threaten to thrash the rude or overdressed Â Davidson must have really raised his ire, usually he just wants to kick em in the rocks Â (the threats are figurative of course, for the benefit of the newbies.) Sorry LA Guy, I couldn't resist
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Horace, I was actually incredibly polite. Â I knew, going in, that the Andover Shop was an institution, and made great pains to respect it. Â I even complimented, within Davidson's earshot, his selection of older, traditional, American brands (I'm not a fan of the preppy look, but I am capable of appreciating things for what they are.) Â I even complimented a really terrific dark blue tuxedo in a heavyweight wool with braiding on the trousers (the detail was really quite nice.) when the other salesman was showing me the tuxes they had on hand. Â I was looking to get a dinner suit MTM, at a good price, but I am not willing to shell out close to a grand to be condescended or dictated to. Â And I don't think that the information I asked for was unreasonable, as we've already discussed ad nauseam. Â I don't have generations of experience, but I expect a little respect. Â Given the apocryphal story about "Zachary", it seems that Davidson does not respect people as a matter of course. Â And this is one Harvard man (and I've convinced several others to follow my lead) he will not serve. Â Hopefully, he will not be around to serve (or abuse) another generation of "Harvard Men". Edited for grammar (again).
LA Guy, I'd like to offer you my apology please. Â Not for so much what I said as how I said it (though those two things are not mutually exclusive). I was more than a bit rude and just a bit antagonistic. If I were to have made a more measured and mature argument it would've gone something like this: Â I don't expect a store to give customer service in the way that you seem to expect; Â the shop is entitled not reveal who its makers are (a point with which you didn't disagree), considering its "investment" in its brand and particular specifications toward the maker, which are unique to the shop; I've known these people for longer than I'd care to say and I would guess that in his reply to your original query, he was just being matter-of-fact and blunt, and this isn't something you'll see as frequently on the West coat (at least LA); indeed, the response seems to be framed in a sort of passive-agressive manner which those outside of New England don't really care for, and with perhaps very good reason. Â I must say that in your follow-up response I took more than a bit of offense to your threatening to slap an 80+ year old man.