Q: What’s the name of the Democrat who’s been the biggest disappointment in your lifetime?
A: Huh. I can’t think of any. [Laughter] Certainly that character who ran for vice president. I’ve forgotten his name. He had an affair and his wife died of cancer. Can’t remember his name. I guess he didn’t make much of an impression.
Q: What is a fashion trend you are not looking forward to seeing when it cycles back, as they always do?
A: I try not to follow fashion trends too much. At my age, I’m not going to go out and buy a bunch of “Mad Men” skinny suits or something like that. I guess I really wouldn’t look forward to polyester leisure suits. Not that I ever owned one, mind you. Ultrawide lapels and bell-bottom pants, look pretty silly on me at this stage. I think they’d look pretty silly on anybody, so.
Q: So we aren’t going to see you walking around in a shorts suit?
A: No, no, no. Or a sleeveless suit, those are classics [Laughter].
Q: Would you rather talk fashion with Anna Wintour, Puff Daddy or Tim Gunn?
A: Oh, Tim Gunn in a blink.
Q: Name some Twin Citians whose clean-as-a-whistle style you appreciate.
A: Jim Michaels at Hubert White, who’s on the sales staff; almost the entire sales staff; Bob White, owner of Hubert White. Dorsey Whitney lawyer Cornell Moore — now that is a classy guy; nice guy, great sense of humor.
Q: Tommy Hilfiger says you should never wash your jeans. Agree or disagree?
A: I totally disagree. I don’t think it was Tommy Hilfiger. I think it was the president of Levi jeans who said that. Maybe they both said that. But neither of those guys ever has to wash their jeans because they throw them away after two weeks. I think jeans needs to be washed because you want them a little snug.
Q: Gay Talese told Vanity Fair he doesn’t own a pair of bluejeans. How many do you own?