Michael E. Sell wears many creative hats. He's an interior designer, caterer, party arranger and floral designer. He uses many of those talents as the general manager and chef at Antrim, an 1844 country inn in Taneytown, where he was born and raised. When he's not working, he loves to go antiquing and trying new foods. His favorite charitable involvement has been with the March of Dimes, where he has decorated a cooking station for the Gourmet Gala for four years. How would you describe your taste in clothing?
Classic -- I love the combination of '20s and '50s that is mixed into the '90s look. My favorite clothes are tailored French-cuff shirts, pleated pants, double-breasted jackets with shoulder padding, suspenders and power ties. And I like vibrant colors made of natural fabrics.
What's the newest thing in your closet?
A pair of dressy, tan raw silk slacks.
What's the oldest thing in your closet?
A tie that belonged to my grandfather back in 1930. It's cobalt blue and red and still looks great.
Do you have a true standby that you wear to feel good?
For summer, a pair of white linen slacks and a silk shirt, because they always look good. Of course, I have my favorite old, faded blue jeans.
What is your wardrobe weakness?
Sweaters are a weakness. At last count, I had about 40.
What's the most expensive item in your closet?
My three fur coats -- a full-length coyote, a full-length raccoon and a leather bomber jacket that's lined in mink.
What's the least expensive item in your closet?
Summer shorts. I try to buy everything on sale, but it doesn't always work. Lots of clothes seem to say "buy me" and I do.
What's the wildest outfit you've ever worn?
It was a blue and white seersucker suit with that I accessorized with different shades of pink in the suspenders, socks, tie and white Italian loafers. That bright outfit went over well with the farmers in Taneytown.
What are your favorite accessories?
I love cuff links, suspenders and ties. I have tons of suspenders which I like to coordinate with my ties. My ties tend to be flowered or funky.
Do you have any shopping tips you'd like to share?
Shopping can relieve stress, so I do my best shopping when I'm stressed out. The only kind of shopping I hate to do, is "must buy" shopping.
If you could buy anything in the world that you wanted, what would that be?
I'd like to buy an old mansion to renovate or perhaps just an old home with a fabulous view that I could fix.
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