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 when 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, 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 had this location in Fashion Island since 1978, and built a loyal following and reputation for carrying such well-known brands as Isaia, Canali, Armani and many more.

In August of 2013, GARYS moved just a few doors down from the previous location. Our new home here in Fashion Island features a revamped Ermenegildo Zegna and Hugo Boss shop-in-shops, you'll find a dedicated contemporary area featuring Billy Reid, G-Star, Rag & Bone, Stone Island and more. We still have the resort wear brands like Reyn Spooner, Tommy Bahama, Tori Richard and OluKai Footwear. Of course, you'll still find the same caring and knowledgeable staff, tailoring and personalized service that make GARYS 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.

As GARYS continued to grow, it became apparent that a need existed for another type of store: one that offered GARYS customers end-of-season merchandise from both stores at attractive prices. Recently donned on of Orange County's best kept secrets, Garys Rack was established in 1990 in Tustin and carries everything from dress to casual-wear, as well as accessories and a great selection of shoes directly from our stores.