As many readers here know, The Andover Shop was recently acquired by several long-time customers who wanted to see the beloved store continue (and, upon closing, received a firm but smiling admonition from co-founder Charlie Davidson, “Well, it’s yours now. Don’t fuck it up”).
As they prepare for the arrival of spring and summer merchandise, they’re offering the grand-daddy of all winter sales – with entire sections of the store marked down an unheard-of 30%, 50%, or 80%. “With the discount, some of these prices are almost what clients were paying when we opened in 1948,” said Jim Toomey, vice president (and nephew of co-founder Virgil Marson).
The Andover Shop has also opened up their considerable archives, and these reflect several decades of curated purchases from the shop’s co-founders, Charlie Davidson and Virgil Marson. Many of these pieces are tweeds from historic English and Scottish mills that have since shuttered, or are overcoats and sweaters in heavier weights that would be fantastically expensive to create new today. There are also some amazing deadstock pieces that feel like a time capsule of the Ivy style at its 1960s peak: a lilac linen summer jacket, a rust-orange corduroy jacket that is as subtle as a Charles Mingus bass line, and a stack of pastel patchwork madras trousers.
The sale is only going on for another week. For those not near the Cambridge or Andover locations, much of the regular stock (but not the one-off pieces) can be found online at theandovershop.com. — ANV