Michael and Jeanne Sullivan are co-chairing the 1991 BSO...

CANDID CLOSET

September 04, 1991

Michael and Jeanne Sullivan are co-chairing the 1991 BSO Gala, which will be held at The Gallery and Stouffer's Harborplace Hotel on Sept. 7. Sullivan joined Merry-Go-Round Enterprises, Inc. in 1974 and became president and CEO in 1982. Under his leadership, the clothing chain has expanded to 775 stores withthree operating divisions. How would you describe your taste in clothing?

Eclectic. Business wardrobe consists of double breasted suits, Wall Street Type, and all casual clothes are from Merry-Go-Round stores.

What's the newest thing in your closet?

Bow tie and cummerbund from Nicole Miller's Cooperstown Hall of Fame Collection.

What's the oldest thing in your closet?

Raw silk, no collar shirt vintage mid 1970's.

Do you have a true standby that you wear to feel good?

A navy blue suit by Ungaro. Most expensive suit I've ever bought.

What have you held on to for sentimental reasons?

A T-shirt with Irish Shamrock that says: "God made the Irish #1." This is something my immigrant parents instilled in me from birth.

What is your wardrobe weakness?

Lack of golf slacks. Never seem to have any to wear, especially since Caves Valley has a "no shorts" rule.

What's the most expensive item in your closet?

Exotic skin cowboys boots.

What's the least expensive?

Logo T-shirts, freebies from company functions and activities.

What's the wildest outfit you ever bought?

A pair of bell-bottom pants, nylon shirt and platform shoes bought after joining Merry-Go-Round in the early '70s.

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?

Madonna. I'd wear jeans, T-shirt, funky blazer and a yellow trench coat!

Do you have shopping tips to share?

Always buy complete outfits. Otherwise it's a drag to try to put it together later. Also, it's better for the clothing business.

Jeanne Sullivan is a recent graduate of Baltimore's International Culinary Arts Institute. Besides cooking, she loves aerobics. In another life, she was a registered nurse. Husband Michael says she did a great job raising their three children while he was working 60-hour weeks. lTC

How would you describe your taste in clothing?

My taste in clothing goes from slightly funky to slightly conservative.

What's the newest thing in your closet?

The newest item in my closet is a dress for the BSO Gala, black and sparkly.

What's the oldest thing in your closet?

My high school letter sweater.

Do you have a true standby that you wear to feel good?

My standbys are aerobic shoes and workout clothes and off I go to Jazzercise.

What have you held on to for sentimental reasons?

Love letters from Mike that he wrote while at Paris Island in the Marine Corps before we were married.

What is your wardrobe weakness?

T-shirts. I've got them from everywhere and I wear them for aerobics and to work.

What's the most expensive item in your closet?

A television.

What's the least expensive item in your closet?

Logo baseball caps. They're like rabbits, they keep multiplying.

What's the wildest outfit you ever bought?

Hot pants back in the '70's.

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?

I'd have dinner with Chef Pierre Franey and we would both be wearing aprons because we would prepare the meal together.

Do you have any shopping tips you'd like to share?

I leave those to the retail expert, Mike!

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