Astor and Black - good suits/shirts? thoughts?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by ThisFlyGuy, Jul 15, 2009.

  1. ThisFlyGuy

    ThisFlyGuy Senior member

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    I was reading the GQ magazine and I saw their ads for custom suits. I contacted them and a consultant comes by to do measurements and show you the designs.

    Anybody done custom suits, shirts, sweaters with them? Thoughts?[​IMG]
     
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    LEVOOSH Senior member

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    My pal is a rep for them and I've looked at the stuff that he has around and some of the stuff that he wears.

    My understanding from his is that the suits are fully canvassed and that they will do whatever it takes to make sure you are happy. I haven't looked at the shirts up close, but they look nice when he's worn them (trim, fit properly on body and sleeves).
     
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    I'm quite interested in hearing more reviews about them as well. I'm going to be upgrading my wardrobe soon and am debating between going to the Hickey Freeman Factory Store, trying my luck at Filene's Basement or trying the Astor & Black. I like the idea of MTM from Astory & Black, but haven't read many useful reviews from people who have bought from the company.
     
  5. RJman

    RJman Posse Member Dubiously Honored

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    I think other forumers have reviewed them in the past -- I'd do a search to see what comes up...
     
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    I am the one who posted the shirt pictures above. This was my first mtm purchase as I am upgrading my shirts and suits based on the useful information found on this forum. I did a search on this forum and on AAAC. I did see the results were negative, but they were for the most part 2-3 years old. I have two co-workers, from different offices that use different sales people from Astor & Black and they have been more then satisfied and have made more then one purchase. I had the benefit of seeing the suits and shirts in person from these co-workers before I made the purchase. I just bought shirts, not suits or sport coats. Hope this helps. Feel free to ask me other questions.
     
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    I was curious about this too. I saw a nice, recent Astor and Black s/b peak lapel suit on eBay last week that went without bids at $9.99.
     
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    I think other forumers have reviewed them in the past -- I'd do a search to see what comes up...

    This is what happened in the other review. Hell raised (as usual in the fora), and the guy that was posting as an inside man from A&B deleted all his posts and ended fired. Another guy from A&B PR post the following:

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    ATTENTION ALL STYLEFORUM USERS:

    THE COMMENTS RECENTLY ON THIS THREAD UNDER THE ASTORANDBLACK USER ID WERE POSTED BY AN UNAUTHORIZED EMPLOYEE WHO HAS SINCE BEEN TERMINATED.

    THESE COMMENTS WERE NOT APPROVED OR AUTHORIZED BY ASTOR & BLACK CUSTOM CLOTHIERS.

    WE SINCERELY APOLOGIZE AND ASSURE YOU THAT WE AS A COMPANY DO NOT CONDONE SUCH BUSINESS PRACTICES

    SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY QUESTION OR CONCERNS OR IF YOU NOTICE ANY OTHER THREADS THAT SEEM OUT OF THE ORDINARY PLEASE CONTACT OUR HOME OFFICE IMMEDIATELY AT 614-857-9000

    THANK YOU,

    Aria Zelnik
    Director of Marketing & Public Relations
    [email protected]
    Astor & Black Custom Clothiers
    **************

    Complete history here:

    http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=57511
     
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    coltboy75 Senior member

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    I will do my best to post pictures of the shirts as I wear them.
     
  10. ThisFlyGuy

    ThisFlyGuy Senior member

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    Just got these in this week. http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=132051

    how about pics of the rest of the shirts? how's fitment? was it exactly as how you wanted?
    the cuff pics do look nicely made..
     
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    Here are a few pictures (although bad, taken with my BB) of the double button cuff shirt I had made from Astor & Black. Keep in mind this was my first venture into MTM and I made the step up from Jos A. Bank tailored fit shirts. I like the fit, quality of the fabric (Sea Island Cotton) and the MOP buttons. During a visit to Washington DC, I stopped into WM Fox and he commented on the shirt as well made and a great fit.
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    Just got these in today from Astor & Black. This is my first suit purchase from them.
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    Ok so Im really looking at A&B for some customer made suits. any recent post of how they have been, Im not trying to hear about stuff from 4 yrs ago. We all know companies go through bumps in the road. Also would anyone know how much their suits usually run for???

    I just don't want to make an appointment and feel like I have to purchase something. I really dislike that they don't get back to you in a timely manner.

    Let me know what you guys think.

    BTW has anyone tried LES RICHARDS in CHERRY HILL MALL in NJ?
     
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    I think what you'll get depends much on who at A&B works with you. You may want to give this a read. You'll be dealing w/ aggressive salespeople who've received a 4-day training experience at "A&B University" - haberdashers they now be. For them selling clothes is no different from selling insurance or Amway or time-share condos. ABC. Always be closing.

    Who is their customer? They're keen on conventions and setting up booths at bar association and chamber of commerce meetings. I betcha they're upselling the Men's Warehouse crowd at the Shriner's Lodge. Impulse buying; who can't resist the lure of an NFL cornerback's endorsement?

    Check out one of the A&B "haberdasher's" websites. He obviously devoted thought, time and money putting together a nice presence.

    Oops, no he didn't. He spent some money on ONE nice looking homepage and rest of his blog is an aesthetic and grammatical disaster. You're seeking this guy's advice on the "cult of style"? I ain't drinkin' that cool-aid. What's the emphasis? Surgeon's sleeves. Linings. Up-turned collars to show off sartorial flair. All gimmicks.

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    Absolutely! Set them aflame!

    Lastly, the Astor and Black name itself is phoney baloney. All pretense. If Schottenstein isn't comfortable in his own name I doubt I'd be comfortable in his clothes.
     
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  15. Benjamin E.

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    Suits start at $500 but that can escalate based on fabric. Gladson starts at $940 or so. They have access to some nice high-end mills (Scabal, Dormeuil, etc.). I have a suit on order from them that's due in a few weeks; I'll post about it when it comes in.
     
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