William Z. "Bill" Fox, is chairman of the board of Michael Fox Auctioneers, Inc., a company founded by his father. Bill is 48, married to Myra, and they have four daughters and one son-in-law. The Foxes lead an active life -- skiing, racquet ball,
and lots of travel for business and pleasure.
How would you describe your taste in clothing?
Stylish, casually formal. I'm a person of extremes. I love bringing a certain amount of formality to my clothing.
What's the newest thing in your closet?
Some rayon print shirts for spring and summer -- a "happy spring" present from my wife.
What's the oldest thing in your closet?
A pair of Docksiders that I can't wear out.
Do you have a true standby that you wear to feel good?
In my business, I'm in the spotlight all the time, so I like to feel good and I do when I'm dressed, whether I'm wearing a tuxedo or a suit and tie.
What have you held on to for sentimental reasons ?
Believe it or not, I have my first tuxedo. My dad bought when I was in high school 32 years ago and it still fits.
What is your wardrobe weakness?
Ties and hats. I'm a sucker for good looking ties and have 250 to 300 ties. Stripes are too conservative for me, I like vintage ties with prints and faces on them. The most unique tie I own is black with red, green, white, blue and yellow polka dots, that are the size of nickels. I love this tie and when I wear it, I average ten compliments a day.
I wear hats rarely, but I'm a hat collector. My favorite hat is a fox fur hat that has the fox eyes in the front looking right at you, that I wear skiing. I also collect foxes and I have hundreds of them.
What's your biggest clothing mistake?
Brown is my biggest mistake. Any time I've ever bought anything brown I wonder why in the heck I did. I look best in blues, grays, and charcoal.
What's the most expensive item in your closet?
Probably, a gray cashmere Italian overcoat I bought in New York this year.
What's the least expensive item in your closet?
Last summer in Italy, I bought a 3,800 lira tie. That's about three bucks.
What are your favorite accessories?
Besides ties, I love shirts, dress white on white with French cuffs.
If you had the chance to have dinner with the person you would most like to meet, who would that be and what would you wear?
Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, he's the kind of guy who would appreciate my fox ski hat, which I would wear to dinner. I'd love to sit down and talk to him.
Do you have any shopping tips you'd like to share?
Don't limit your shopping to a particular store. Since I'm constantly traveling, I make it a point to try different stores. But even if you do not travel, there are plenty of shops right here in Baltimore.
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