"Every man — I don't care who it is — needs at least one good suit in their closet," Michael Andrews tells me from the personal study in his Noho, Manhattan tailoring studio. He's wearing a three-piece suit and has his "Bo-Jack" dog —half Boston Terrier, half Jack Russell Terrier — in his lap.
"This idea that you could show up to someone's wedding in cut-off shorts and flip-flops is, I think, disrespectful."
Andrews is the founder of an eponymous tailoring studio, Michael Andrews Bespoke, in New York City. Andrews calls himself a "recovering [mergers and acquisitions] lawyer" who wanted to do something different when he opened the studio in 2006.
One of the many things Andrews took away from his time as a lawyer was just how important a suit is. After failing to find exactly the kind of suit he was looking for — a modern slim cut with traditional high-quality fabrics — Andrews decided to create his own service to make one. He moonlighted as a tailor making bespoke garments with a team for a few years before ultimately quitting his job as a lawyer to focus on his business.
"I approach this very much the way I did as an attorney," Andrews said. "From the time we make the appointment to the time you take your garments home, we've executed everything the way we said we were going to do."
Just as in the legal professional, tailoring requires a certain attention to detail.
"You don't want to play 'Where's Waldo' with me," Andrews joked.
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The Michael Andrews Bespoke studio is not on a main street. It's tucked into Great Jones Alley, which requires visitors to be buzzed in for access.
When you enter Michael Andrews Bespoke, a well-appointed wallpapered waiting room greets you.
The studio has the feel of a luxury hotel bar.
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