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Hello Gents. I searched for a thread about this but was not able to located any. Hopefully I'm not covering old ground (which is likely because nearly everything sartorially speaking has been discussed on these boards).

My question is, does anyone have any experience with the NEW Anderson-Little?

https://andersonlittle.com

Also, any thoughts on Richman Brothers (who owned the company for a period of time)? I grew up in Cleveland and my father would talk about Richman from time to time.
 

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I don't have any personal experience with the reincarnation of Anderson-Little, but they say on their web site that the navy blazer is made in the U.S.A. I'm not sure by whom, however.

Unfortunately, it's also described as a "wool blend," and appears to have a two-button front (and probably darts, although I can't tell from the photos).

If you're looking for a classic 3B sack, you'll have to look elsewhere.
 

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Thanks for the links Tucker. How come you aren't ripping me a new one like usual? ha
Momentary lapse in judgement. I posted yesterday on the blog nobody reads.

Back on topic, the Anderson-Little blazer might be something worth buying for my oldest boys. The Lands' End uniform blazers I buy now ($155) aren't cutting it.
 

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Hello Gents. I searched for a thread about this but was not able to located any. Hopefully I'm not covering old ground (which is likely because nearly everything sartorially speaking has been discussed on these boards).

My question is, does anyone have any experience with the NEW Anderson-Little?

https://andersonlittle.com

Also, any thoughts on Richman Brothers (who owned the company for a period of time)? I grew up in Cleveland and my father would talk about Richman from time to time.
Both Richmond Bros. and Anderson Little made excellent sack suits back in the 1950s and 60s. I have two vintage Anderson little suits and one Richmond Brothers pinstripe suit in my collection.

I suspect the NEW AL is of lesser quality than the old AL. Pretty sure Richmond is no longer in business. The Anderson Little site has some pretty awful marketing as well. The dude in the baggy jeans and square-toed shoes does not make me want to hop into that blazer.
 

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Well it's hard to see the coat up close on the website, and I am sure that it can't be all THAT great for $139...but you have to love the idea of a company going with 'only' the blue blazer for its comeback. That's pretty gutsy and remarkable. We shall see if it was a good idea.

Danny
 

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Both Richmond Bros. and Anderson Little made excellent sack suits back in the 1950s and 60s. I have two vintage Anderson little suits and one Richmond Brothers pinstripe suit in my collection.

I suspect the NEW AL is of lesser quality than the old AL. Pretty sure Richmond is no longer in business. The Anderson Little site has some pretty awful marketing as well. The dude in the baggy jeans and square-toed shoes does not make me want to hop into that blazer.
I agree with you on the jeans and the shoes. Brutal.

I also like those Hamilton watches. I want one. No sweat Tucker. I was just giving you a hard time. I have a pretty thick skin.
 

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First of all, I want to thank all of you for your interest in Anderson-Little and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. As we all know, nothing complements a well dressed bird better than a well dressed man in an Anderson-Little Classic Blue Blazer. Our story is very simple. After years of having our family name bought and sold and licensed until it disappeared, my Father and I bought our name back and decided to re-launch the company with a Classic Blue Blazer. My family has a 75 year tradition of selling "factory direct to you," so we felt the internet would be a great way to reach our loyal customers directly without the cost of retail locations. We also really look forward to meeting a new generation of customers. It's a sturdy, practical coat for young men in need of a staple for their wardrobe and a solid performer for any man looking for an all purpose jacket. It's a wonderful gift for a son or father.

I just love the fabric which I selected myself. It's light, but it's durable and holds its shape beautifully. I've flown coast to coast and stuffed my jacket in the overhead and it held up great--something I just can't do with a tropical wool. I also insisted on deep interior pockets for iphones, blackberry's and so forth. I'm a fanatic about buttons that fall off, so I made sure mine don't!

Not only is it great to be working with my Dad, but we are also manufacturing here in America which was an absolute must for us. Because my Father spent much of his life on the factory floor and I spent most of my youth on the retail floor, we felt we wanted to bring back a garment that could be made and sold at a popular price. Anderson-Little was always known for two things, excellent value and exceptional service. As we are personally involved in every detail, I can assure you that both of these family traditions are being embraced.

We even designed a unique and special box that opens like a flower. It protects the garment as much as possible from wrinkling and settling during shipping. I know I've gotten mail order clothing that looks like its been run over by a truck and we wanted none of that. My Father worked extensively with Federal Express to match their guidelines with our product and he did a great job. The presentation is just beautiful and the garment arrives virtually ready to wear.

I am extremely proud to say that since we re-launched in August, only one blazer has been returned. A woman bought it as a gift for her husband who bought and wore one himself before ours arrived. Naturally, we gladly refunded her purchase price and paid her return shipping. If you call our 800 number we have 24/7 live answering. No voice prompts or complicated menus. We just answer the phone and if I or my Father are not available, we'll call you back as soon as we can and answer your question. I hope we have the opportunity to serve you as an Anderson-Little customer. It will be our pleasure.
 

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For Tucker

P.S. My Father prepped at Exeter and I grew up in Nantucket and prepped at Choate. We're also both Ivy Leaguers and both went to the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, so I'd have to say we have street cred as they say in both the Ivy League and Preppie categories. That's got to be worth something for your bloggers to chew on. He and I wore Anderson-Little Blue Blazers very nicely at all of the above and I wore one of our new ones to rave reviews when I was at my home in Nantucket this fall.
 

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The dude in the baggy jeans and square-toed shoes does not make me want to hop into that blazer.
I agree. I don't think it's a very good attempt to make it "hip."

Scott, if you offered a 100% wool version I'd be all over it. :)
 

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Scott,

Thanks for posting here. I was very pleased to see the rebirth of Anderson-Little. I remember the Johnson City, TN store fondly as one of the few places in that town where I could buy the kind of clothes I liked. It was missed when it closed.

Regarding your new blazer, would you say that they run true to size? What is the percentage of wool in your fabric? I assume this is a hopsack weave? It's hard to tell from the photos.

Also, consider this one more vote for a 100% wool 3-roll-to-2 sack with three patch pockets, even if it cost a little more. You would have very little competition in today's market, particularly in your price range.

Edit: Also, I noticed that you ask for height, waist size, and weight...are you doing any customization based on those measurements, or is that just for demographic purposes?
 

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poly/wool 55/44

My Father and I were just insistent that we be able to retail the garment at less than $150 with free shipping and there simply wasn't a 100% wool fabric available that would let us do that. Beyond this price point, we couldn't see why someone wouldn't just go to a department store or retailer and shop in person.

In addition, Anderson-Little has a long tradition of selling a blended jacket. I have to tell you, I tested countless fabrics and even argued at length with Dad, but he was right. This fabric is a winner and will give our customers a durable, reliable garment or a younger person a starter jacket that will hold up.

In blind tests where I simply passed various swatches around at social gatherings, business meetings, even the supermarket, time and time again, the poly/wool swatch was picked as the "best" fabric with the "nicest feel."

Then I folded it and pressed it in a book. After a week, I took it out and just lightly steamed it and went back into place. I was sold. I wear my blazer constantly and it is so light and breathes beautifully. Now when I put my wool on it feels like lead.

I totally respect your attitude about wool. But I'm just in love with our fabric.

As for the look and feel of the model, gals love him and he gets his own fan mail, so I'm not touching him. Women buy a lot of our blazers for the men in their life.

Finally, the jackets run dead on size. It's a good standard cut. We have had only one or two exchanges for size. We actually don't collect data per se and have no intention of bothering our customers with nuisance emails and so forth. We ask for this combination of details because my Father or I inspect each order personally and can tell from these measurements whether you've selected the correct size. Some men don't realize that over the years they may have moved into portly territory. If the measurements don't seem right to us, we call and discuss it with the customer. Hence the lack of returns for incorrect size.

Thanks again to all of you for your kind comments and interest in our business. I brought Anderson-Little back because I was repeatedly asked to so many times in the last five years or so. It's nice to know that our former customers still feel so deeply connected to our business.
 

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At $139.00, the Anderson-Little blazer is competitive in price with my son's school-required blazers. If the A-L blazer plays in the same league, quality-wise, with O'Connell's navy blazer, then Scott Anderson and his father may really be on to something!

Also, don't laugh at the idea of a wool blend. The better ones look and feel the same as wool, breathe almost as well, and keep their look much better than wool in trying conditions. Brooks used a blend like this in some of their Makers suits in the late 1980s. These were a godsend for hot, humid summer business travel along San Antonio-New Orleans axis back then.
 

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Scott,
All the best to your endeavour. I might suggest you include a few high resolution photos of the product on your site. Also a page on the blazer as the cornerstone of a man's wardrobe and its history might add a little sizzle.
 
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