Baker's wardrobe lets him live a busman's holiday

CANDID CLOSET

May 27, 1993|By Mary Corey | Mary Corey,Staff Writer

Billy Himmelrich likes white. Good thing, too, since he spends his workdays in a white jacket and white apron, elbow-deep in flour.

As the owner of the Stone Mill Bakery in Mount Washington and Green Spring Station, Mr. Himmelrich, 29, says fashion can't compare to his first love: baking. Although he has a weakness for cashmere and cowboy boots, he often wears hand-me-downs from his father.

"My clothes are not the center of my existence," Mr. Himmelrich says. "If I have a nice linen shirt to put on on a hot day, I'm happy."

How would you sum up your style?

I tend to wear functional clothes that I can do anything in. A white Brooks Brothers oxford shirt, a pair of button-fly Levis jeans and cowboy boots -- that's all you need to go nearly anywhere.

What's your most recent purchase?

A pair of white Tretorn tennis shoes that I bought in Los Angeles. I couldn't find them in Baltimore. And I'm constantly buying socks. I have five animals (three cats and two dogs) and they're always stealing them.

You spend a lot of time wearing white at work, right?

Yes. I wear chef whites (a jacket and long apron) that I order from France with a pair of light-colored pants and Topsiders.

Do you ever tire of white?

No. I like it. I guess because I like to be clean. Usually I'm dressed in some white even when I'm not working.

What wouldn't you dare wear?

A flowered print shirt. And I don't wear stripes. I tend to wear solid col

ors. I would definitely say what I wear is subtle.

Does it ever get dull?

No. I love my clothes. I've very happy with what I have. My tastes don't change. I still wear things from 15 years ago.

How would you dress for a night on the town?

I'd put on a white shirt, a bow tie and a tan suit that's actually a hand-me-down from my brother. Sometimes I'll buy something fancy. I was in Boston a few years ago and I bought a pair of Giorgio Armani shoes. A few weeks later, I saw them in the New York Times. I find that I'm cutting-edge almost by accident.

You prefer bow ties to neckties?

I must have had 75 neckties from all over. But I lost them all when we moved. I'm very upset about that. Now I've got just a few. But since I don't work in an office, I don't have many occasions to wear a necktie.

What's the most outrageous thing you own?

My cowboy boots. I bought them in '87 in New York City. They're black alligator. If I have a clothing fetish, it's shoes. I have four pairs of cowboy boots.

What's been your most traumatic clothing event?

I've had a few. I once put too much bleach in my chef whites and ended up with holes through them. Four pairs were ruined at $120 a clip.

Another time my golden retriever Kitty chewed up my favorite cashmere scarf that I bought in Paris during cooking school.

One final question: Have you ever paid more than President Clinton for a haircut?

No. I value $200 more than that. Do you know some dressers? Let us know. Write to Mary Corey, The Baltimore Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278.

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