Greg DesRoches is the president of Cornerstone, Baltimore's ninth largest advertising agency. Away from the ad world, he enjoys gardening, jogging, swimming and tennis, but his real passions are spending time with his three young children and following the fortunes of University of Maryland athletics. And most of all, he says, he just likes being with his wife, Liane.
How would you describe your taste in clothing?
Even though I am in the advertising business where it is permissible to be a little more flamboyant, I prefer to dress conservatively and let my personality do the talking. I am a tried and true traditionalist.
What's the newest thing in your closet?
The newest is the best. A friend with the Orioles organization gave me an O's cap.
What's the oldest thing in your closet?
I would say my wife, but then I wouldn't have a closet to come home to. It's really my high school football jersey.
Do you have a true standby that you wear to feel good?
A pair of baggy white pants. They're so comfortable that just reaching for them says relaxation to me.
What have you held onto for sentimental reasons?
A T-shirt given to me at a pre-wedding party that says GD loves LH and the date of our wedding.
What is your wardrobe weakness?
My weak suit is definitely bathing suits. I have an old, baggy Brooks Brothers suit, circa 1970, which my friends and family tease me about.
What's the most expensive thing in your closet?
A leather sport coat which my wife had made for me in Italy many years ago.
What's the least expensive item in your closet?
A pair of boxer shorts given to me by my children. They say 'No, No, No,' but when the lights are turned out they glow 'Yes, Yes, Yes.' My children laugh when I walk around in the dark. But my wife doesn't.
What's the wildest outfit you ever bought?
I bought a white suit in the early '70s. I thought I looked great, but I was no John Travolta.
What are your favorite accessories?
I love hats. I can't stand to wear a hat for dress, even on the coldest days, but I love to wear baseball hats, golf caps and visors on the weekends.
Do you have any shopping tips to share?
I wish everyone could bring along my mother-in-law and her checkbook. She has great taste and she's very generous.
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