He keeps his wardrobe in perfect ship shape

Whether he's sailing on the bay or running a Baltimore ad agency, Mark Fischer prefers a crisp, classic look. The 34-year-old athlete, who is the chairman of the Cadillac Columbus Cup regatta in Baltimore through Saturday, finds his favorites at the Gap, Britches of Georgetown and Brooks Brothers. Although he's in a creative professional field, Mr. Fischer, president of the Blakeslee Group, doesn't turn up at the office in trendy attire.

Instead, the Ruxton resident saves his energies for sailing. "Racing," he says, "is like a chess game on the water."


Has sailing affected your style?

I virtually don't own any sportswear that does not have the name of a boat or a regatta on it. All my polo shirts, my T-shirts, my jackets have something like that on them.


Do you have good-luck clothes?

Yes. If I've got a big regatta coming up, I may wear my Abracadabra shirt. That's a boat I sailed on and won a couple of regattas with. It's red and white with the name embroidered on the left. I don't know if it helps. I think most of that's in your head. If you're in a positive frame of mind, you perform better.

Any bad-luck ones?

No. Only ugly ones.

What purchase do you most regret making?

Nothing. I have gotten some ugly socks for Christmas, but I didn't buy them. They're garish orange, things I wouldn't really wear.

Were they a joke gift?

I don't know. That's the scary part.


The word is your closet is immaculate.

I have had people walk in and say, "This is pretty organized." It's a walk-in closet with one wall of shelves. There are stacks of sailing T-shirts, polo shirts, shorts, rugby shirts, sweat shirts. The business suits are in a row next to my white oxfords. I hate wanting to wear a particular thing and not knowing where it is.

What would you like to see more of in your closet?

Ties. I've had most of my ties long enough that the edges are starting to fray. I prefer them as basic as you can get -- a red background with some print.

Do you think men or women have an easier time wearing clothes well?

Guys have an easier time. A lot of times an invitation will say "coat and tie" for the guy. That leaves open to subjective judgment what the woman should wear. My wife Stephanie is often frustrated. She'll say, "You're going to put on a blue blazer and khakis, but what am I going to wear?"


What sets your style apart from others?

In my business attire, there's not a lot of surprises. Every day I wear a white oxford shirt. My suits are dark colors -- pinstripes or solids. And 80 percent of my ties have red backgrounds. On the weekends, it's jeans and a T-shirt or jeans and a sweat shirt.

Does that ever get boring?

My wife would say it is boring. There's a certain benefit to being consistent from a business point of view. Whether a client comes in on a scheduled or unscheduled basis, I'll be appropriately attired.

If you could choose, with whom would you like to shop?

My wife. She knows my taste well enough to not suggest something outlandish. But she's artistic and creative enough to try to push me to the edge a little bit.


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