Longtime Menswear Retailer Carroll & Co. To Close After 70 Years
Posted Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 6:45 pm
By Matt Lopez
Carroll & Co., the iconic menswear retailer that has dressed Beverly Hills for 70 years, will close its doors in January, store owner John Carroll told the Courier.
Founded in 1949 by Richard Carroll, a former Warner Bros. publicist, Carroll & Co. quickly became the go-to menswear outlet for locals, tourists and Hollywood heavyweights.
Richard’s son John Carroll, who now operates Carroll & Co. as the store’s president, said the decision to close came down to a family decision to lease Carroll & Co.’s family-owned building at 425 N. Canon Dr.
Carroll & Co. operated at the intersection of Rodeo Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard for 43 years before the family purchased its current building.
“Over the years we’ve gotten so many calls about selling, but they got much more serious recently and we received an offer [to lease] that we felt was the right one at the right time,” Carroll said. “My mother, my siblings and I sat down and decided it was time. It’s really more of a long-term family planning decision than it is anything to do with the business itself.”
In Hollywood’s Golden Age, stars such as Frank Sinatra, Steve McQueen, Cary Grant, Clark Gable, Paul Newman, Rock Hudson and Gregory Peck all flocked to Carroll & Co. to be dressed by Richard Carroll.
Carroll & Co. eventually launched a studio division, which outfitted popular shows such as Happy Days and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
John Carroll, who began helping at the store at the age of 11, took the baton from his father Richard and has successfully continued the Carroll & Co. legacy.
Although its physical location will be closing, Carroll said he’s contemplating keeping the brand alive in some form. In recent years, the store has perhaps become most well-known for its custom, made-to-measure suits.
“We’re going to look into continuing some service like that, but you know, the grind of retail can wear you down, the long hours, six days a week, working holidays, missing soccer practices and all of that,” Carroll said. “There’s a lot that goes into it, and it’s going to be nice to step back and try to live something of a normal life.”
As regular customers have started learning about the store’s closure, the outpouring of support has been immense.
“I can’t even tell you how many visits, calls, emails and even faxes we’ve received from people sending well wishes or telling stories of how me or my father sold them their first suit,” Carroll said. “It’s been truly humbling and touching.”
Now through January, Carroll & Co. has a massive store closing sale underway, with a portion of some of the proceeds going toward cancer research. For more information, visit the store at 425 N. Canon Dr., or visit www.carrollandco.com.