A Better Deal Tuxedo: High fashion and timeless style

By Marti Gacioch

For 16 years, the family- owned and operated A Better Deal Tuxedo store at 369 Bird Rock Ave. and La Jolla Blvd., has provided the best in high fashion suits, tuxedos and accessories for every occasion.

“We fit customers ages 4 and up for everything from weddings to proms to special events, school dances, fundraisers and more,” said owner Jerry Klein. “Our customers include the musicians’ union, the San Diego Youth Symphony, the wait staff and bartenders at many of the city’s better restaurants and some of the city’s top athletes and media people.”

The one-button notch black tux available at A Better Deal Tuxedo in the Bird Rock area of La Jolla is a classic. Courtesy

In a way, Klein joked that he had to return to Earth to enter the formalwear business. “In the late 1960s, I was working as an ironworker 20 stories up, in the Chicago wintertime, when I saw an ad to work in the formalwear business,” Klein said. “I applied with Gingiss Formal International; they hired me, and I loved the work.”

Klein said he began managing the company’s different stores and helping set up new franchises across the country. He learned every facet of the formalwear business and advanced rapidly.  He was promoted to vice-president of the company within 10 years. By then he and his wife, Janet, had three daughters, and his frequent traveling limited family time, so he resigned and moved to California.

Retirement proved brief for Klein, who said he really enjoyed and missed the formalwear business. He opened his current location, offering both tuxedo and suit sales and rentals, and specialized in personal service.

In 2011, the International Formalwear Association voted A Better Deal Tuxedo the best store in the country.

The entire inventory is on location, and over the years, the company expanded the store into adjoining storefronts to accommodate its increasing volume. Among the designer styles in stock are suits by Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Perry Ellis.

“We have something for everybody’s budget, and since we have everything on-site, it makes it easier for people to choose our store because we have control over the quality of our products,” Klein said. “Our customers don’t have to wait for something to be delivered and hope it fits.”

Klein said weddings make up about 70 percent of his business, and July and August are the biggest wedding months.

A Better Deal Tuxedo plans an August sale of rental formalwear. Check with the store for details.

A Better Deal Tuxedo
Address: 369 Birdrock Ave., La Jolla
• Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
• Phone: (858) 551-6044
• Website: abetterdealtuxedo.com

The Business Spotlight features commercial enterprises that support the La Jolla Light.

Related posts:

  1. Take a piece of history in hand at La Jolla Coin Shop
  2. Land Rover San Diego adds a ‘touch of elegance’ to the car-buying experience
  3. Luxury and style meet at Symphony Home Décor & Design in La Jolla
  4. Marrokal Design & Remodeling team can help make your home, your universe
  5. Hair-free, carefree: That’s the Brazilia Skin Care way at La Jolla and Del Mar salon

Short URL: http://www.lajollalight.com/?p=110344

Posted by Staff on Jul 18, 2013. Filed under Business Spotlight. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

Leave a Reply

La Jolla Community Calendar

Facebook

Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6

RSS North Coastal News

  • Congregation Beth Am Labor Day Picnic September 2, 2014
    Congregation Beth Am held a festive Labor Day Picnic Sept. 1. This year is the 31st anniversary of this synagogue that started in a tire store in Solana Beach. […]
  • Suspects attempt to rob Solana Beach bank ATM September 2, 2014
    An attempt to break into an ATM at a Solana Beach bank branch early Sept. 2 using a cutting torch ended with the cash machine in flames and two suspects fleeing empty-handed. The suspects set off the ATM's alarm during the failed heist shortly after 2:30 a.m. in the 600 block of Lomas Santa Fe Drive near Glencrest Drive, according to sheriff's Lt. […]
  • First phase of Earl Warren Middle School reconstruction begins in Solana Beach September 2, 2014
    As kids kicked back this summer, San Dieguito Union High School District kicked off the first phase of its complete reconstruction of Earl Warren Middle School. The $41 million project is made possible by the passage of Proposition AA. […]