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SUIT YOURSELF

FIVE GUYS. WHAT THEY WEAR. AND WHY.
By Liz Logan |

“This isn’t going to be one of those male makeover deals, is it?” That was the initial, suspicious response of one of the fashionable handful selected for this story. He sounded out of sorts, and who could blame him?

No sirree, Bob (actually, Howard). That’s a definite negatory. These days, men who dress themselves are art increasingly widespread breed, and certainly, the fellows on the following pages don’t need anybody’s help to look, sharp.

Each of our quintet of local hotshots manifests his passion for fashion differently, which isn’t surprising. The members of this Gang of Five range in age From twenty-three to forty and in profession from DJ to ad agency CEO. Still, the guys do have one thing in common: they’re aces at what they do, and they dress to fit the part.

KEN KNIG



PRESIDENT, ARRESTA INC.



“My life is mercurial, and I run around a lot, so I look for things that are cool-which means cotton, not wool. I tend to stick to a sober color scheme that allows for subtle contrasts of tones and textures. When I wear a tie, which is most of the limp, it’s usually loosened-for that harried storekeeper look.”

Ken Knight doesn’t just eat, breathe, and sleep his work. He wears it, too. Basco black patterned cotton cardigan, $165, Axis black cotton knit shirt, $58. Hannes B. brown and black corduroy pleated pant. $190. woven black leather belt. $60, M & Co. Labs watch, $135, and Princes Design works blond wooden stool. All from Arresta.

ED BUDANAU



DISC JOCKEY AND MUSIC DIRECTOR. KZPS-FM



“When I’m on the air. it’s like the listeners are in my living room, and I’m just playing some jazz for them. How could you feel comfortable in your living room in a tie? I like to dress in things that are casual and sit on you right. Sometimes, if I’m starting to feel my age, I’ll wear my earring.”

Ed Budanauro’s earring is from his private collection. The rest of his ensemble is available to the buying public. Todd Oldham charcoal gray knit jacket. $108 from Saodade. Jekyll & Hyde red. white. and blue striped shirt. $70. Georges Garat brick pant. $135. and Zodiac black patent leather lute-up shoes. $75. All from h.d.’s. Palmira black leather chair from Grace Designs.

DEAN FEARI



EXECUTIVE CHEF. MANSION ON TURTLE CREEK

“My hero is Rodney Crowell. the country singer and songwriter, and I like to wear cowboy boots with my chef’s whites. But I also like a lot of the Japanese designers, who are doing some very exciting work. What interests me about food-being on the cutting edge-interests me about fashion, too.”

Alexander Julian gets Dean Fearing oult of the kitchen and on the cutting edge of casual attire. Black leather bomber jacket. $375, and pleated plum Lauduroy pant, $135, from Alexander Julian. Ralph Lauren hand-tooled black leather belt with itched silver buckle. $400 from The Polo Shop. Princes Design Works blond wonden stool from Arresta.

HOWARD DAVIS



PRESIDENT AND CEO. TRACY-LOCKE



“I can decide in (he snap of a finder whether I like a suit. I don’t like to spend time shopping-my idea of a good time docs not involve trudging around a mall- but ours is a business of image. It requires a certain sense of style, but that doesn’t mean anything foppish or peacockish.”

In subtly stylish Italian garb. Howard Davis is no mere man in a gray flannel suit. Gianni Versace gray jacket. $725 from Tone Steele. Byblos black-and-white striped shirt, $140. Missoni charcoal gray cardigan sweater. $605, and Luciano Soprani gray pleated pant, $325. All From Torie Steele. Black lizard tassel loafer. $475 from Avventura. Antique Hamilton watch, circa 1930. $150 from Faces of Time. Palmira black leather chair from Grace Designs.

BOB AMARD



MANAGER. STARCK CLUB



“I went to SMU. where I was a nice boy in khakis. Weejuns, and a blue blazer. Now I’m in the puhlic eye in a very fashion-conscious crowd, but I’m still really a very basic person is hen it comes to clothing. Black, white, and red: those are the primary colors in my book. None of this ’Miami Vice’ stuff.”

Issues of fashion are black and white to Bob Amaro. Yohji Yamamoto pour homme zipper jacket, $674. pant. $348. shirt. $163, and black glasses. $150. All from Saodade. Black leather lace-up boot. $295 from Avventura. Tokyo barstool from Grace