Our Story

Our History

Al’s Formal Wear began with one tuxedo store, opened by Al Sankary in the Dallas area in 1952. A few years later, Sankary’s brother-in-law Alan ‘Al’ Gaylor, along with wife Lillian, opened the first Houston store in the downtown area, officially making Al’s Formal Wear a family business. With the two Als working together, they were destined for greatness. As the years went by, the business continued to grow, and they successfully outfitted customers through decades of fashion trends.

Al’s Formal Wear currently has multiple stores located in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Colorado. In September 2017, Al’s formed a strategic partnership with Sioux City, IA based Tip Top Tux, LLC which has stores spanning 7 states across the Midwest. Keeping the Al’s name for all current locations, but under new leadership, the Tip Top Tux family continues to grow acquiring a state-of-the-art, 240,000 square foot distribution center in Memphis, TN in 2018.

With industry veterans Keith Ladsten and Bethann Froistad now leading a passionate team, we are investing in technology to revolutionize the formal wear industry. While Al Gaylor passed in April 2008, we hope to continue a legacy of offering our customers the best formal wear and customer service.

Al's Promise

At Al’s Formal Wear our mission is to help you look your best. We are committed to find you a suit or tux that fits properly and will make you feel confident walking into your next formal event.


We understand how important the right fit is. Follow our incredibly simple step by step guide and let your worries disappear.


You need your Tux when you need your Tux. We'll help you find the perfect look and ensure it is delivered on time!

Giving Back

Al’s Formal Wear is proud to give back to the communities we serve. Click below to learn more about the prom representative program, our school fundraiser program, donation requests, and other group offers.

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