JT Clothiers: As Fate Would Have It

JT Clothiers: As Fate Would Have It

After spending his whole life at JT Clothiers, owner Jimmy Tritt was at a crossroads. The location that he had been leasing for 31 years was closing and he couldn’t find just the right place to move his store.

Then fate stepped in.

The Ethan Allen store was closing after 54 years. Jimmy walked in and knew it was the perfect location.

The Tritt family has a long background in the retail business in Denton, so he knew what a great opportunity it was not only to be on the Denton Square, but to be located in a building with such a rich history.

When Jimmy Tritt’s parents opened JT Clothiers in 1970, they took a great deal of pride not only in the quality of clothing they carried, but in servicing their customers and the community.

“Both of my parents are great role models; they built an incredible business from scratch,” said Jimmy. “Obviously their business model has worked well for many years. I’m now a proud owner of a family business going on almost 50 years.

Jimmy’s parents opened the original JT Clothiers just off University Drive on Sunset St. as a men’s store. Fast-forward 10 years later, they expanded the store and added ladies clothing.

Jimmy recalls that both he and his sister wore Ralph Lauren Polo from his parents’ store while they were in high school.  Now he has a 16 year-old daughter that stops in to see all the new merchandise that has arrived in the store. Some of her favorite lines are Free People and Splendid.

Jimmy still insists on the same high quality products that his parents did. Their goal has always been to carry contemporary and classic clothing for women and men. JT Clothiers carries custom suits, sport coats and dress shirts.  Some of the lines for men are Robert Talbott, Peter Millar, Robert Graham and Jack Victor. The ladies have a variety of choices like Johnny Was, Eileen Fisher and Bella Dahl. For both women and men there is AG Denim and Patagonia.  JT Clothiers is always on the search for emerging designers.

Jimmy has always felt that part of the role of a specialty boutique is to educate their customers on fashion and move them forward in a comfortable way. They also make an extra effort to take very good care of their customers, just like his parents did.

“We’re a full service boutique for ladies and men,” said Jimmy.  “We make every effort to know our customers and their specific needs and wants when it comes to clothing
and accessories.” 

Jimmy believes wholeheartedly that the general public wants customer service again. He went on to say that customers don’t want to get lost in big box stores; they want their shopping experience to be unique and memorable. People have been coming back to JT Clothiers since Jimmy was a kid because of that level of personalized service and quality.  

The new store on the Denton Square has offered the opportunity for them to broaden their product lines. They are selling more unique items including baby gifts, decorative candles, grooming products for ladies and men and even items for pets.

Also walking around the store you will discover one-of-a-kind accessories including a great selection of cufflinks for men, some vintage and others designed exclusively for JT’s.  The ladies side offers a vast selection of jewelry from talented Texas designers.

Jimmy also feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to find such a such a great location on the Denton Square.
“We feel more a part of the community here on the Denton Square, more connected to the city,” said Jimmy.  “After being in the Southridge Village Shopping Center for 31 years, we are excited about contributing to the energy that already exists on the downtown square.”

Their new building is over 100 years old and is surrounded by windows with the original snowflake glass. The floor is the original concrete and the ceiling is the original tin pattern ceiling.  The Tritts made every effort to maintain the historical value that is consistent with the square.  They hired Key Custom homes to bring their vision to life.  One of Jimmy’s favorite things in the store is the Chicago brick which gives the store its classic feel.

“It’s the perfect fit for us,” said Jimmy. “It’s a great new look and the new clientele visiting the store represents a new generation of shoppers for JT Clothiers.”

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