Richard "Paco" Pachino is a busy young restaurateur, who...

CANDID CLOSET

December 04, 1991

Richard "Paco" Pachino is a busy young restaurateur, who works with his family at Hersh's Orchard Inn and Ralphie's Diner. Although the restaurant business can be "all consuming," Paco manages to find the time to chew the fat with friends at downtown Baltimorewatering holes, when he's not playing golf and tennis, or taking in an Orioles game. How would you describe your taste in clothing?

It's somewhat schizophrenic. I'm as comfortable wearing my classic, European style restaurant attire (Perry Ellis and Andrew Fezza suits with Ike Behar and Armani shirts) as I am sporting the all-American classic T-shirts, sweats and water polo hats. It's important for me to look good, but I try not to take myself too seriously. I like to think there's a sense of humor in the way I dress.

What's the newest thing in your closet?

A Nicole Miller "diner" motif silk tie.

What's the oldest thing in your closet?

A shrunken, holey Orioles T-shirt from the year one. It's probably toddler size by now. I was going to give it to my 8-month-old niece, but decided to spring for a new one.

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

I have a special worn-in pair of old silk boxers that are always close to me.

What is your wardrobe weakness?

Watches. In the restaurant business time is of the essence.

What's the most expensive item in your closet?

I honestly don't know. Most of my clothes are either gifts or hand-me-downs. I only go shopping twice a year.

What's the least expensive item in your closet?

Would you believe an Armani suit? Thanks to my pal, Jim Palmer, I've been fortunate to inherit some of his expensive and stylish hand-me-downs. The only thing I pay for are the alterations. I didn't inherit Jim's body.

What's the wildest outfit you ever bought?

A Mondo Marco, bright gold sport coat. I still can't figure out why, when I wear it, people look at me as if I'm delivering flowers from FTD.

What are your favorite accessories?

When I know it's going to be a wild night, I break out my steel spurs and strap them to my lizard skin Tony Llama cowboy boots.

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

For those who lead the kind of hectic, on-the-go lifestyle that I do, I recommend checking the size of the trunk of any car you might buy. My trunk is my closet and at any given moment, I can reach into my trunk and pull out tennis and golf clothes, or clean dress shirts.

Do you know some special dressers? Tell Sylvia Badger what makes them special. Write to Candid Closet, Evening Sun Fashion, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278.

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