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 The Garys Companies 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-known casual-wear lines in the business, including Nat Nast and Tommy Bahama. In 1999, continuing to pave the road to excellence in retailing, The Garys Companies became a part of the Apparel Forum, a by-invitation-only group of the top independent, family-owned retailers in the country who come together to exchange information on finances, merchandising, advertising and personnel issues.

Located in Newport Beach’s upscale Fashion Island, the flagship store for The Garys Companies is a unique, one-of-a-kind establishment that has matured since its early beginnings in Brentwood. Five expansions since 1987 have taken the high-end retailer from 3,500 square-feet to today’s 17,000 square feet. Braeger has intentionally kept the look of the store simple: like several small shops under one roof where customers can find everything from better clothing and sportswear to furnishings and footwear.

Garys offers some of the finest men’s wear in Orange County, including such time-honored designer labels as Bontoni, Canali, Ermenegildo Zegna, Isaia, Hugo Boss, Brioni and Zanella. The store also carries an extensive collection of dress and casual sportswear lines to meet the needs of its elite customers.