The next time you’re dreaming of quitting your job, remember the name Michael Andrews.
For eight years, mergers-and-acquisitions lawyer Michael Andrews couldn’t find a suit off the rack he liked, one with a modern cut and quality fabrics. He tried a dozen tailors and made-to-measure didn’t cut it, either.
So what did Andrews do? He took tailoring classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology, walked out on his corporate career, and started on the path towards becoming New York’s premier bespoke menswear clothier.
The self-described “recovering corporate attorney” opened Michael Andrews Bespoke in 2006, a boutique studio in a private alleyway in trendy NoHo. The 7,000 actors, musicians, Wall Street CEOs and other clients that have visited Andrews over the past decade have made his studio the richest in New York in terms of revenue.
Patrons are invited to have a drink at the 12-foot oak bar in Andrews’ opulent studio while they pore over the fabrics, buttons, lining and sticking that will make up their custom-made garment. With more than 20,000 luxury fabrics from the world’s finest mills to choose from, appointments are estimated to take 90 minutes.
The average two-piece suit costs $2,500 but customisation can add a couple of extra digits to that price tag. Andrews also tailors dress shirts, made from 100 per cent Egyptian cotton.
His company now employs 45 people across the globe — 15 in New York that specialise in measuring and alteration, as well as 30 suit-makers in a workshop in China — and Andrews holds trunk shows in Washington DC, Abu Dhabi and Dubai to service his ever-expanding clientele.
In 2016, Andrews has established an online store — and although the garments obviously can’t be truly bespoke, New York’s premium menswear tailor hopes his made-to-order collection can tap into his studio’s custom-made tradition.