Jim Zimmer Retires from Men’s Wearhouse

by Harry Sheff

Jim Zimmer in 2011Jim Zimmer, the colorful Men’s Wearhouse tailored clothing buyer and brother to founder George Zimmer, has retired after nearly 40 years with the retailer.

“It was a wonderful ride but it had to come to a close at some point—this was the right time,” he said. “I’ve had almost 40 years in the business and I’ve done nothing but work. I’m looking forward to doing something else. I’m going to stay on in a consulting role for the next six months.”

Tony Finocchiaro, who has been fashion director at Men’s Wearhouse, is now the senior vice president of tailored clothing. Finocchiaro, who has been with the company for 18 years, started as a sportswear buyer.

“Tony is a good friend of mine and he’s one of the good guys too. I think he’ll be successful and I really wish him the best of luck,” Zimmer added.

Zimmer was MR‘s Dress Up Man of the Year in 2011. He has always been well known for the close relationships he formed with his vendors.

“Jim’s word is his word and he always makes good on it, which is why he always gets the best possible deals,” Marcraft’s Gary Brody said in 2011.

“I did it differently than most,” admits Zimmer. “I think I was one of the good guys and I had a lot of friends in the business. I was fair to everybody—my manufacturers and my competitors—and it worked well for me.”

Asked what he plans to do with his retirement, Zimmer says, “I don’t have any plans finalized but I’ll be getting myself into better physical shape, working out more, playing golf and traveling—two of the things I love. My daughter is a sophomore in high school, so I’m looking forward to spending more time with her.”