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On the Clock: Tuxedo shop proprietor helps men, teens look best at weddings (with photo gallery) and proms

Sam Vavala fits Dimitri Koutsopoulos, 18, of Rotterdam, with a tuxedo jacket at his store, Samuel’s Formal Wear, in Rotterdam Square mall on April 14, 2012.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Sam Vavala fits Dimitri Koutsopoulos, 18, of Rotterdam, with a tuxedo jacket at his store, Samuel’s Formal Wear, in Rotterdam Square mall on April 14, 2012.
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Sam Vavala likes a sharply dressed man. Spring proms and summer weddings are lining up, so guys are lining up to see Vavala for tuxedos at Samuel’s Formal Wear in the Rotterdam Square shopping mall. Vavala knows about coats and colors from Oleg Cassini, Perry Ellis and Calvin Michaels that are now in fashion. He landed his first job in the tux and tie business in 1972, still in Mont Pleasant High School when he ...


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