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When Tom Malvino was a boy, he cherished to hang around at his father’s retailer in Louis George, owned by his father and an excellent pal. His father was not solely promoting males’s formal put on and fits. He was additionally hanging out with fellow musicians, speaking about politics, speaking about sports activities, residing life.

Louis and George have been skilled musicians who determined to enter enterprise collectively in 1946. The shop started as a military surplus in San Francisco, finally moved to higher menswear, after which moved to the Corte Madera Heart in 1958. Quick ahead 64 years, providing an identical expertise in Tom Malvino’s Louis Thomas. Within the spirit of his father, he has run the household store in Corte Madera for greater than six a long time.

“My dad’s buddies will come to the shop,” stated Tom. “It felt like a males’s membership. Individuals generally could not even purchase something. They’d simply come hang around.”

Issues are totally different now in some methods, particularly with extra fashionable expertise. “However these recollections carry you ahead,” Tom recalled.

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And nonetheless many are again in less complicated instances.

Tailors nonetheless wave the tape over your shoulders and measure your go well with jacket to your precise specs. The legs of your tuxedo pants are nonetheless marked with chalk earlier than they’re the proper size. The identical money register from 1952 continues to be there, and if you happen to’re fortunate you may make the checklist to be invited to their charity golf match, which is now in its fifty fifth yr.

And relationships are nonetheless essential—and at all times will probably be.

“Positive, it is nice to have that nice sale,” stated Tom, who began working on the store when he was 15, pulling pins off the carpet. “Or doing a last-minute miracle to save lots of a buyer’s incident. But it surely’s primarily due to the relationships with prospects that preserve me coming again.”

And it is Tom’s relationship with the multitude of his distributors that preserve his prospects coming again for high-quality, hard-to-find, specialty clothes.

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“We’ve got 50 or 60 distributors supplying this retailer,” Tom stated. “We will get all the pieces our prospects want, typically by calling the producers direct.”

Tom is now making ready his daughter, Brianna, to take over the store if she so wishes. He has a “sensible eye”. And does many of the purchasing and format of each shops, Tom stated proudly. Tom opened his second location in Petaluma on Kentucky Road 23 years in the past.

Tom stated, “It’s totally uncommon for a enterprise to final that lengthy.” “Particularly retail. However you want an excellent succession plan.”

They usually do. This can be a household affair.

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