AOS Tailoring: Custom American Classics

October 14th, 2015

Our first collection is inspired by the classics of American Menswear. We wanted to offer guys an easy way to build the foundations for a versatile and stylish wardrobe that will last the test of time.

With the help of our manufacturing partner Southwick Clothing – an iconic American tailoring house since 1929 – we developed updated versions of the most timeless garments in menswear. These are the classics. The essentials. The staple pieces that you can rely on for years and years to come. Our first collection includes outerwearsuits, formalwearsportcoatstrousers, waistcoats, and shirts.

As a designer who worked on putting this collection together for over a year, it’s hard to say which pieces are my favorites, especially since they can each be worn in so many different combinations. Nevertheless, with this article I tried to showcase some of my personal highlights from our first collection.

If you’d like to take a closer look at any of the garments featured below, simply click the links under the images. If you’re interested in adding one to your personal wardrobe, we are here to answer any questions and will work with you directly to develop the perfect fit for your body type and lifestyle.

We’re looking forward to your feedback on the collection and to serving you as your lifelong clothier.

    Rugged Tweeds


    You already know I love a seasonal green suit, and a rugged tweed.

    This dark forest donegal is a rugged 11oz tweed milled in Italy. It has a melange of orange and tan “specs” subtly woven into the fabric, giving it a visual depth and a very unique character. Dark green is a very underrated color in tailoring, you’ll be surprised at how versatile this fabric is, and how much people love the old-school energy of it.



    There’s nothing quite like a good old-fashioned tweed in a neutral earthy tone. Our Natural Tweed is authentic Shetland; an undyed wool sourced from sheep bred for the challenging climate of the Shetland islands. The wool was then woven in Italy to create a rugged tweed fabric that feels indestructible.

    Tweed is a warm fabric, better for the Fall and Winter seasons, although our unlined sport coats can double as a light jacket for most of the year.

    Lush Flannels


    The Cherrywood Flannel is a lush Italian fabric that crosses between chocolate brown and dark burgundy. It has a very subtle red hue, which makes it a warm and flattering tone – perfect for colder weather.

    Our friend Ignacio shows us just how much swagger a brown suit can have, without being too “bold” or “in your face”. This one is a perfect match for the rust hopsack separates as well as the houndstooth tweed topcoat.



    Our good friend Jelani Johnson puts a slightly more casual spin on the Cherrywood Flannel.

    Our unstructured, soft-shouldered tailoring is perfect for a “casually tailored” look, like this suave knit sweater combo for example. And, of course, you can never go wrong with a timeless 3/4 length camel hair topcoat.


    Lightweight Options


    Living in Los Angeles for the past two years, I developed a real appreciation for lightweight tailoring. The rust hopsack is one of the lightweight and breathable fabrics that including in the collection for our clients who live in warmer climates.

    Other lightweight options in the first collection include the silk tweed micro-houndstooth, the dark chocolate 9oz worsted, and the graphite nailhead. Since 3-out-of-4 of these happen to be double-breasted, I should also note that any Articles of Style suit or jacket can be ordered in either our single-breasted model, or double-breasted model, per our client’s request.


    Each of our suits can also be purchased as separates. For example, here Jelani shows us how to wear the waistcoat + trousers in a business-ready look (above), then he uses the double-breasted suit jacket as a sportcoat to create a smooth “Beverly Hills pool party” look (below).



    Classic Formalwear


    We have you covered for all of your upcoming weddings, red carpet events, and world-leader conventions. If it’s “black tie”, we’ll make sure you’re the best-dressed guy at the event.

    In the formalwear category we’re all about staying true to the timeless classics. We offer a one-button tuxedo in traditional midnight blue, as well as a double-breasted tuxedo in classic black. Our garments are designed to never go out of style.



    With this first collection we also made sure to have outerwear options that can cross-over from casual weekend coat (over a sweater and jeans) to your sharpest black tie events (over a classic tuxedo).

    For example, Wes is wearing our midnight wool topcoat over our midnight blue tuxedo (above) and below Khaled is wearing our blackwatch mac over our double-breasted tuxedo (below).


    In our shirt department, my personal favorite is the hidden placket “cross-over” shirt, because it can serve as both a formal shirt and a business shirt. That’s a smart, long-term investment.

    I should also note that our shirts include our one-on-one fitting process overseen by our expert tailoring team, just like the rest of our garments. Your initial try-on fitting shirt (as well as your initial fitting trousers & waistcoat) is a fully finished garment that you can keep, and wear. We encourage our clients to wear their custom fitting garments after their fittings are complete, and mix-and-match them with their final garments. It’s like our secret new client “two for one” deal that helps you build a smart wardrobe in no time.


    Custom Outerwear


    Our overcoats also include our personal fitting process. We will work with you to find the perfect fit for your body type and lifestyle. We usually recommend cutting outerwear with enough room to fit over a suit jacket/sportcoat, but slim enough to also wear casually with just a sweater and jeans.


    We use the same fitting garment to create the pattern for your overcoat and your suit jacket/sportcoat. This means that you only need to go through the initial fitting process one time to be measured for any of the overcoats or jackets in the AOS collection.


    Now that you have an idea of our first collection, take a minute to review our exclusive fitting process, and, as always, feel free to Contact Us with any questions,

    We’re looking forward to developing your ideal, helping you put together a world-class wardrobe, and serving you as your lifelong personal clothier.


    Thanks, as always, for reading.

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier

    Photography by Alex Crawford.

    • Adam Coleman


      First off, amazing site, it’s truly a wealth of information not available anywhere else. I really appreciate the time and effort you put in, it’s clear that this is your passion.

      I do have question about your suit construction. In the faq section you state that your jackets are half-canvassed in-order to save on weight. Could you possibly elaborate a little more on why you chose to not use a full-canvas construction method as that is traditionally seen as the best method? Also, are any parts of your jackets fused?

      Thanks so much!


    • Colin

      Hey Mr. Trepanier, does your outerwear pieces also come in DB versions per request?

    • Cham

      Do you offer shipping to europe?

    • Unseen Flirtations

      Mind. Blown.

    • Frank Wilder

      The problems start when you begin to think you know a thing or two – Frank Wilder

    • MS

      Breaking my heart that you’re not offering the camel overcoat in a double-breasted “polo coat” style! So much love for you guys.

    • AdamE

      That herringbone tweed mac in the first “lightweight options” look is mindblowing… everything in this piece is on point, but that one in particular was extra drool-worthy!

      • Dan Trepanier

        So far it’s the best seller, too! Going fast. Wish we had much more of that Herringbone Tweed fabric left on the roll… Get it while it’s hot!

    • Jeff

      I. Want. It. All.

      • Dan Trepanier


    • Jonathan

      Half canvassed?

      • TO

        Suits are, ya

    • Vincent Nappi

      Absolutely beautiful garments and excellent shots.

      Everyone has outdone themselves.

      Great stuff.

    • Oliver

      Dan, collection looks great- love every piece, massive congratulations on all your hard work.
      I wanted to isign in to be one of the first, as I was previously based in the USA, but sadly my visa expired and I couldn’t.
      With that in mind, do you have any plans to come over to the UK, and if so- when?

    • Jeanscuffed

      Dan, everything about this collection is SICK!! I am truly at a loss for words. Absolute amazing pieces. I’m really proud I can witness the site’s growth ever since I started following 2 years ago. Congrats on all the success.

    • Tom

      For the next round, I hope a burgundy suit gets in the running.

    • Mike

      killer collection, the herringbone mac is my favorite, although having also moved from NYC to LA recently, I might have to opt for the unlined forest tweed 2-piece.

      Dan I expressed my concerns with the cost prior to the release, but I must say these are all so reasonable and I’m beyond thrilled to support AoS as an American brand, made in America. I look forward to making my first purchase through Articles of Style and the continued growth of your operation.

    • Edward

      Hey Dan, I was wonder, I know the collection is bespoke but is there a limited range in sizing? Being 6’7 it is often hard to find well fitted items even when they are altered.
      I’ve been following this site for over four years. It’s amazing how far it’s come. Congratulations on all your success.

      • Dan Trepanier

        Hey Edward. There is absolutely no limitations on body shape or size. There is no “sizing”. Everything we make is custom made to fit YOUR individual body perfectly. We start by sending you a custom-made try-on garment (based on the info you provide in your client profile), then our tailoring team reviews the fit of that try-on garment and works directly with you on what you like/don’t like about the fit, then we custom make your first garment. If it needs any final tweaks, we take care of those, too. Then we save your adjusted measurements for all of your future orders, so you never have to go to the tailor for alterations again :) We highly encourage guys, like you, who have a difficult time finding clothes that fit off-the-rack, to take full advantage of our services. The difference will shock you. Cheers.

        • Edward

          Thank you for getting back to me. Can’t wait to start ordering.

    • cam

      is there green in the blackwatch or is it primarily greys, blues and blacks?

      • Westley Dimagiba

        there’s green in there too Cam.

        • cam

          thanks wes. the pic, at least on my screen, doesnt seem to show much green…it looks more grey. hope to receive my log in info soon.

          • Westley Dimagiba

            It’s beautiful Cam, you’ll love it.

    • Ethan W.

      Time to save up! My favourites are definitely the Flannel and hopsack suits. Can’t wait to get them in DB!

      Loving the designs but also loving Alex’s photography. Gotta get some location inspirations for my own shoots!

      • TO

        Which flannel are you feeling the most Ethan? I love that Cherrywood color, but the “Hollywood” light grey is so classic

        • Ethan W.

          The Cherrywood! I’ve been wanting a brown suit for a while now.

          Personally, I prefer my grey suits to have a pattern on it. That’s why Dan’s glen plaid linen DB suit is my favourite!

    • Alex Trambitas

      Dan, great collection, looking forward to starting my process soon. Any particular reason you decided to go with patch pockets on all the suits? Or is just a designer signature that will be a feature of your collections? Thanks.

      • Dan Trepanier

        Thanks Alex! Functionality primarily, but also the laidback suave style :) Looking forward to your fittings.