Mark Faber is an attorney in private practice in Baltimore. Originally from New York, Mr. Faber attended Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland law school and discovered he liked Baltimore enough to stay in the area. Lately, he says he spends his free time tuned into the Olympics and enjoys basketball "for the first five minutes until it becomes a blow-out," as well as diving and gymnastics. He and his fiancee, Joann Moncure, live in Baltimore with their Scottish terrier, Abby, and their Schnauzer, Doc -- they never have to worry about what to wear and always look good, Mr. Faber explains.
How would you describe your taste in clothing?
Normally I would say my taste is conservative with a bit of flair. I tend to wear ties with a fair amount of color in them. I like to wear shirts with spread collars -- I don't always wear buttoned-downs. I'm trying a case, I want to portray confidence -- like the guy on "Saturday Night Live" said, "It's better to look good than to feel good."
What's the newest thing in your closet?
A pair of taupe, pleated slacks I got at Hyatt & Co. four or five months ago. They're good for wearing out on a Saturday night when I don't feel like wearing a tie, but just a sport coat and shirt.
What's the oldest thing in your closet?
An old Broad Creek Scout Camp T-shirt from when I was 14 -- in 1967. It's so soft and so comfortable -- it's like wearing a diaper.
What's the most expensive thing in your closet?
Several suits that I purchased at Bernard Hill for $1,100 or $1,200 each.
What's the cheapest thing in your closet?
I went to buy a pair of sneakers once to play squash in and they were mis-marked at $1.95 rather than $19.95. So, I bought three pairs. That was in 1988, but when you get a bargain like that it sticks in your head. Also, it was one of the first places my fiancee and I went together -- that's how I remember it.
What's your wardrobe weakness?
Suits. I wear a suit almost every day. I don't wear a sport coat to try a case, I wear a suit. My father, Nicholas, was a businessman in New York in the '50s and '60s and I don't think he even owned a sport coat. I think a man looks best in a suit, and it shows people that you're serious.
What's the wildest outfit that you ever bought?
Once I was in Kansas City for an Association of Trial Lawyers convention, and they had a lawn party. I realized I had brought nothing with me that I could wear, so I went out and bought a Hawaiian shirt that was red and white and about 45 other colors and a pair of white jean shorts. I felt more like one of the Beach Boys than anything else, but that for me is wild.
What are your favorite accessories?
Suspenders and ties. I have about 18 pairs of suspenders and my favorite is one that my friend, who's a stockbroker, got me in New York that has Aphrodite coming out of the water and she's totally naked.
Do you have any shopping tips to share?
If you're going to spend $400 for a suit that really might not last you as long and might not stay in style as long, you're better to spend $600 or $700 for something that you're going to be able to wear longer. Quality never goes out of style.
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