Still Locally Owned and Operated, G&L Clothing Turns 90!

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'Locally owned' is something you don't hear as much anymore, especially when it comes to clothing stores. G&L Clothing has managed to survive 90 years and has grown to one of the top independent Carhartt retailers in the country! All this, while maintaining the same customer centric philosophy it's operated under for 90 years in downtown Des Moines.

This week G&L Clothing celebrates a milestone not commonly found in the retail clothing industry or in Des Monies - 90 continuous years as a family-owned business! G&L opened in 1917 at Seventh and Mulberry Streets in Des Moines and has always been located in or near downtown. Three families have been involved in the store's ownership through the years - Meyer Levine (the "L" in G&L), Harry Winner and now the Marcovis family.

Located at 1801 Ingersoll Ave, G&L Clothing is the last major clothing retailer in the downtown Des Moines area and has no plans to leave. "Our family is committed to serving the entire Des Monies area, and a central location is must," says co-owner Frank Marcovis. Over the years G&L Clothing has survived floods, fires, robberies and the onslaught of big box retailers. Through it all, one major theme has survived: Service. "This is our livelihood, we treat every customer like a friend here" says Marcovis. G&L Clothing has extended this customer centric philosophy to new sales channels, including an ecommerce website (, mobile shoe store and corporate clothing divisions.

G&L Clothing's '90 Hour Sale' celebrating its birthday continues through Saturday, October 20th and culminates with the finals of its year long 'G&L Idol' singing competition. G&L sells work and casual, clothing and footwear from Carhartt (, Levi's, Dickies (, Timberland Pro , LaCrosse and more.

For more information please contact Justin Schoen at 515.243.7431.

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