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BEST PLACE TO MEET SINGLE MEN Miami 2004 - Austin Burke

Men come in all shapes, sizes, and temperaments, and this venerable clothier has seen them all. The thing about a really good men's suit salesman, what sets him apart from the off-the-rack hacks, is judgment. He has to be able to take the measure of a customer -- and not just literally. Is he a two-button kind of guy, or a three-button? Classic gray, dark blue -- or pimpin' metallic purple with pinstripes? Is this a man who has come to terms with his middle-age waistline, or one who needs to be gently nudged into a new size and style? The guys at Austin Burke (in business since the Forties) are experts in sussing out a man's soul. Stepping into the cavernous warehouse is like a journey back to some earlier time and place that's not quite Philly, not quite Miami, but all good. The salesmen and tailors know their business. So sit in one of the waiting chairs, or lurk among the racks and watch them work. They just might find the right man for you. Open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day, except Thursday, when they are open until 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, when they don't open until 11:00 a.m.

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I purchased two suits from this store on the basis of one of their radio , advertisements. I went in on a Friday afternoon and within 15 minutes, they fooled me into believing that I just purchased "gorgeous" suits.


When I went to pick the suits up after tailoring, they looked horrible. The shoulders were bumpy and way too big for my frame. The owners and tailor made half-hearted attempts to fix my concerns and failed. In fact, I don't think they tried to fix anything. They fed me some B.S. excuse that the shoulder pads were originally sewn in backwards. Think about that for a second, it's not possible. They were lying to me just to get me off their backs.

After 7 visits to the store to rectify the situation and a lot of screaming with the owner, I just gave up. Now I have two suits that don't fit properly and I'm $400 poorer. So be it.