923 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach
Garys, started in 1969 in a four-bedroom house in Brentwood, made its way to Newport Beach’s Fashion Island in 1984, offering upscale men’s clothing, furnishings and footwear.
But Steve Ramenofsky, general merchandise manager, says the company is more than just expensive suits. At Garys, clients can also find moderately priced sportswear, jeans and a selection of Hawaiian shirts, an aspect Ramenofsky said has been part of Garys DNA.
“They can expect a great product and a wonderful sales staff,” Ramenofsky said of those who walk into the store.
Since moving to Newport Beach, the store has gone through multiple expansions and now sits in a 15,000-square-foot space offering brands such as Hugo Boss, Ermenegildo Zegna, Billy Reid, Tommy Bahama and more.
But what set Garys apart are the service and attention to detail by its style advisers, who take the time to get to know their clients and base shopping experience around their needs. Some of those advisers list their cellphone numbers on the store’s website in case clients need help during off hours.
“Our guys don’t mind getting called at home,” Ramenofsky said. “If the client needs us, we’re there to help them.”
A Garys Rack store is also available in Tustin.
2. Original Penguin
Newport Beach, Orange
Branched off from the Munsingwear brand, Original Penguin has made a name for itself with original clothing and branded that name through entertainment stars such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Clint Eastwood.
Today, Original Penguin blends a mix of iconic American Sportswear with modern-minded style into a diverse range of products for a full lifestyle brand, according to its website.
“Made for originals, by originals,” says the website, which also includes quotes from various musicians, film-industry professionals and other creative types on what it means to be an original.
The company was founded in 1955 with an interesting backstory involving a fake penguin, a seductive stewardess, a drunk salesman and a necktie. Those interested can find out how they go together by visiting the store’s website.
The company’s two Orange County locations are located at Fashion Island and The Outlets at Orange.
3. Tommy Bahama
The national chain has ventured far beyond the floral and…