That's a common theme I've heard at a few tailors and specialty retail shops that are weathering the Great Recession very nicely - even as luxury department stores and high end retailers are hurting. Part of their success may be due to a "flight to quality" but I think there's a more interesting set of forces at work, which I'll write about it soon (I hope).
Men's style: A visit with John Hitchcock from Michael Alden on Vimeo.
At any rate, for those who still are not familiar with the A&S look, Hitchcock goes on to explain the shoulder and chest construction of the A&S cut using a work-in-progress jacket.
If you tend to think visually, this is the best, quick explanation of the A&S cut you'll probably find (and from their head cutter and managing director to boot).