Garys History

The original GARYS made its 1966 debut in a converted four-bedroom house located in Brentwood, California. Started by Gary Wasserman, the store sold upscale men's clothing to the area's elite clientele. Dick Braeger, then working as a sales representative for the prominent shoe manufacturer E.E. Taylor & Company, joined Wasserman as a partner in 1969. This pairing brought GARYS customers such fine shoes as Taylor Mades, British Walkers and Cole Haan. By 1984, Braeger bought the business from Wasserman and became sole owner, GARYS had expanded to a company three stores strong: one in downtown Los Angeles, one in Marina Del Rey and one in Newport Beach.

Since those early days in Brentwood, Dick Braeger has brought GARYS to the forefront of fashion in the United States by launching such coveted lines as Brioni, Canali, Zanella, Ermenegildo Zegna and Hugo Boss. His stores have pioneered some of the most well know casual-wear lines in the business including Reyn Spooner and Tommy Bahama. In 1999, continuing to pave the road to excellence in retailing.

Located in Fashion Island, Newport Beach since 1978, the flagship store has matured since its early beginnings in Brentwood. Five expansions since 1987, it took the high-end retailer from 3,500 square-feet to 17,000 square feet. Braeger has intentionally kept the look of the store simple: like several small shops under on roof where customers can find everything from better clothing and sportswear to furnishings and footwear. GARYS has built a loyal following and reputation for carrying such well-known clothing brands such as Isaia, Canali & Ermenegildo Zegna; to sportswear brands such as John Varvatos, Robert Graham & Faherty; to resort wear brands like Reyn Spooner & Tommy Bahama.  

Launched in March 2019, GARYS partnered with American luxury apparel brand Peter Millar to open its first West Coast location located next to GARYS. The newest Peter Millar boutique offers sophisticated lifestyle apparel and elevated sportswear to dress men of all walks of life – from business execs and men about town to athletes. Apparel available in store includes the brand’s finely crafted sartorial Peter Millar Collection, elevated Crown Sportswear, as well as luxury performance apparel and activewear from the Crown Sport line.

As always, you will find caring and knowledgeable staff, custom tailoring and personalized services that make the shopping experience special. 

GARYS Studio:

The concept of the GARYS Studio store located in Del Mar, evolved by demand from the many GARYS customers that made the trip from San Diego to Newport Beach to shop at the renowned flagship store.