Gary Houston is co-owner and chairman of the board of...

CANDID CLOSET

January 15, 1992

Gary Houston is co-owner and chairman of the board of Landmark Homes. He and his company are active in the community and favor charities that address the needs of the poor and homeless. He is married to Robin and they have four children.

How would you describe your taste in clothing?

Refined elegance with sophisticated European styles. I like to think my clothes parallel my home designs -- both are on the cutting edge.

What's the newest thing in your closet?

A Mona Lisa tie, a Hugo Boss black and white checkered shirt, black cashmere jacket and charcoal gray pants. I saw it in GQ magazine and had to have it.

What's the oldest thing in your closet?

My Nautica sweaters, they last forever.

Do you have a standby outfit that you can put on at any time and feel good?

Anything new makes me feel good. But I feel best in dark, double-breasted, European cut suits by Hugo Boss.

What have you kept for sentimental reasons?

The suit I was planning to wear when I left my wedding for my honeymoon. My father died during the reception and I never wore the suit.

What is your wardrobe weakness?

I like suit, tie, shirt and sock combinations. Every time I go shopping and see an outfit that works well together I have to have every article.

What's the most expensive item in your closet?

My suits. They are expensive, but I love the way they look and the statement they make.

What's the least expensive item in your closet?

The rack that my clothes hang on.

What's the wildest outfit you ever bought?

A Mondo purple and black sweater and a shirt with a pointed collar.

What are your favorite accessories?

I love strong ties. They reflect a mood and can change the look of an outfit.

If you were having dinner with the person you would most like to meet, who would that be, and what would you wear?

It would be Lee Iacocca and I would wear a dark suit to show my respect for the man who is one of the most ardent supporters of the American dream.

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

Above all others, you need to dress to impress your spouse. Also knowing a store that does overnight alterations is a must.

If you could buy anything in the world that you wanted, what would that be?

I am content. I have a wonderful family that I love and I am living a life that could not be better.

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