Brent Berwager is director of corporate relations for the International Visitors Center of Maryland. In off hours and weekends he enjoys hunting for antiques, especially French country furniture. He also has a collection of 1939 World's Fair memorabilia.
How would you describe your taste in clothing?
I favor European clothes, particularly British-inspired tailoring. I tend to a double-breasted, Burberry sort of look. I enjoy putting different pieces together which some people would not even consider, often mixing something conservative with something loud.
What's the newest thing in your closet?
A real camel-hair sport coat.
What's the oldest thing in your closet?
I'll never get rid of my ugly, scratchy cardigan. It has the Dick Van Dyke label and is styled like the sweaters he wore on the show. I wear it in his honor, because I think "The Dick Van Dyke Show" was the funniest-ever comedy on TV.
Do you have a standby that you wear to look and feel good?
For dressing up, it's a Pierre Cardin double-breasted, navy suit with a chalk stripe. I wear it with a blue paisley tie and always a pocket handkerchief. Some of my older suits are getting a little tattered and a pocket handkerchief brings them back to life and adds some flair.
What have you kept for sentimental reasons?
I have a silk scarf that I wore a lot when I was director of The Film Forum. It reminds me of the days when I was involved in the arts, work very different from my present job.
What is your wardrobe weakness?
I love socks that have a bit of style, and I can't pass up ties and pocket handkerchiefs.
What is the most expensive item in your closet?
A Bill Robinson trench coat. It cost about $350, but it always gets a lot of compliments when I wear it.
The least expensive?
I've picked up some of my handkerchiefs for 99 cents.
What's the wildest outfit you ever bought?
I have a black leather jacket I wear around with black jeans. That's only wild in context of the way I dress for work during the week.
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