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Continued: C.J.: 'Smart' describes how this Minneapolis icon dresses

  • Article by: C.J. , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 9, 2014 - 4:38 PM

A: What a mistake. I own about seven or eight pairs maybe. I cycle them. When jeans get too worn in the knees, they become work jeans. I spend a lot of time working around the house, I have hobbies and work in the garden.


Q: Any clothing designer with a dominating presence in your closet?

A: Probably Ermenegildo Zegna.


Q: Since you are a fashion icon …

A: [Long laugh. He almost can’t stop laughing …]


Q: … What are some memorable reactions you’ve received?

A: I get a lot of reactions. It’s surprised me sometimes. I’ve had this mustache since the early ’70s. I’ve gone through stages where people look at me like I’m an alien. Right now when it’s really trendy, I get these beautiful young people stopping me; it’s happened in New York, Europe. The one I got the other day was, Mister, that is a righteous mustache, which I rather liked. Frankly, I think I work better when I think I look OK.

Q: What article of clothing about which are you most obsessed?

A: [Lengthy laugh] Probably shoes. I like shoes.


Q: You’ve restrained yourself, there aren’t that many here?

A: No, every time I buy a pair now, I have to get rid of a pair. I’ve run out of room! You haven’t seen our cabin.


Q: Do you have a socks drawer?

A: I have a huge socks drawer and a little socks basket. I don’t wear socks in the summer. My collection includes socks with mustaches on them, my daughter is always buying.


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