Many outside the Orthodox Jewish community might be surprised to learn that kitchens aren't the only sections of the house that are kept kosher. Closets are, too.
The injunction against wearing a garment of "shatnez" -- a mixture of wool and linen -- is set down in Leviticus Chapter 19, verse 19, and the Orthodox community follows it closely.
Previously, men who wanted to be sure their clothing was non-shatnez had to take purchased garments to a qualified tester. Two businesses in the area have eliminated this time-consuming step, however. Gage Menswear is offering an on-request service at its new Owings Mills location, and Menswear Unlimited VIP Service, a shop-at-home concern in Pikesville, sells nothing but non-shatnez clothing.
Rachel Bamberger runs the at-home service with her husband, Mark. They can be reached by calling MENS-WEAR. The Oscar for Kevin Costner's "Dances with Wolves" barely is cold and gossip over his "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" barely has started over dinner tables, yet Sherwood Forest clothing is already in the works.
The new film, starring Mr. Costner as Robin Hood, is scheduled to open June 14, and according to a recent issue of the menswear trade report DNR, nothing will be immune to the touch of Robin Hood.
We're not quite sure what sorts of fashion trends will be spawned by the film, but we're happy to report that in the previews we've seen, Mr. Costner has chosen an Old World version of sweat pants instead of tights. We don't have a problem with a man in tights, especially if his friends call him Misha and he can leap and spin across a stage, but the average guy looks about as good in tights as the average woman looks in a spandex unitard.
Sunday, some local salons will mark Earth Day by staging cut-a-thons. Sartori 2000, 5616 Newberry St. in Mount Washington, 664-2900, will donate its proceeds to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
Other salons will be donating to the national tree planting efforts of the American Forestry Association, in cooperation with Aveda, a manufacturer specializing in aromatherapy products. They include:
* About Faces Day Spa, Kenilworth Park Mall, Timonium, 828-8666.
* Carnelle's Salon, 7131 Security Blvd., 944-9070.
* Charles Street Salon, 411 N. Charles St., 539-4110.
* Edward Amato Salon, 5722 Falls Road, 323-2222.
* Executive Styles, 11350 McCormick Road, Cockeysville, 785-0913.
* Jonathan Michael Salon, 9832 York Road, Cockeysville, 666-7500.