Laureano O. “Larry” Garmany, founder of Garmany men’s and women’s specialty store in Red Bank, N.J., died Saturday at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, according to an announcement on the company’s Web site. He was 62 and no cause of death was given.
Garmany, who lived in Colts Neck, N.J., was born in Vazquez, Oriente, Cuba, and fled with his family to the United States when he was a child. He opened the first Garmany men’s store in Manhattan in 1974, a 600-square-foot location on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. In 1989, Garmany closed the Manhattan store and relocated to Red Bank, where the business prospered. In 2004, he took a location across the street to expand from 8,000 square feet to 40,000 square feet over two floors. The larger store also allowed the company to add women’s wear for the first time. Today, the store carries an upscale mix that includes Brunello Cucinelli, Canali, Brioni, Gucci, Prada and Rag & Bone.
Garmany is survived by his wife, Angeles; his son, Johnell; a daughter, Vanessa; five grandchildren; three sisters, and his mother, Blanca Garcia Amado.
Services will be held at St. James Church at 94 Broad Street in Red Bank on Wednesday, July 29 at 11:00 a.m. The family will receive visitors at the Holmdel Funeral Home at 26 Holmdel Road in Holmdel, N.J., today until 8 p.m.
The store closed at 5 p.m. on Tuesday and will re-open on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., according to the Web site.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to Memorial Sloan Kettering, P.O. Box 5028, Hagerstown, Md., 21741.