Dr. Allan M. Dworkin and President Clinton are cut from the same cloth.
Well, their suits are at least.
That's what happens when you're a Cross Keys dentist with a relative who's a high roller in the garment business. Thanks to his cousin, Martin Greenfield, Dr. Dworkin wears fabrics favored by movie stars, titans of industry and our nation's leader.
That does little to impress his patients, though, particularly since Dr. Dworkin, 55, is a pediatric dentist.
In fact, he says many of his favorite suits have never recovered from an occupational hazard: children spitting up on them.
Do you dress for your patients?
My dress code is shirt and tie. Nothing overwhelming, not a lot of white jackets. We try to look like a father or grandfather. Personally, I'm a believer in color as a mood lifter. It jump-starts my day. I'm not a coffee drinker, so I count on clothes to get me going. That's not to say I dress up in a Mickey Mouse costume.
Do children comment on what you wear?
They really do. They'll ask if I worry about my tie getting caught in the drill. Some of them would probably like that to happen. They'd like to see the dentist be spun around by his tie.
What's your real winner?
My Nicole Miller dental tie. It has pictures of dental floss, forceps, a drill, toothpaste and teeth themselves. It's very realistic. I think it's the designer's way of getting back at her dentist.
Is your attire different on the weekends?
When I'm away from work, I'm outdoors as much as possible. I do a lot of biking, skiing and play competitive tennis. Most of the time, I'm in some sort of sportswear -- sweats, workout clothes, loose sport shirts. I also have a lot of T-shirts or golf shirts. Probably at least 100 -- from trips to Japan, South America, New Zealand.
Where do you shop?
My clothing is made out of town by my cousin, who does manufacturing -- Martin Greenfield clothiers. He manufactures clothes for President Clinton, Donna Karan's men's line, Alexander Julian. I go up to New York about three times a year and buy about 15 pairs of pants, four or five suits and sports jackets. Then he sends it all to me. I've picked some fabric from the same bolt as the president. Martin tells me if it's good enough for the president, then it's good enough for me.
What in your closet do you most regret buying?
Plaid sports jackets. When I put them on, I feel like Citation the horse.
What's your next purchase going to be?
I'm eyeing a cashmere top coat. It's magnificent -- double-breasted and made by Martin for Neiman Marcus. I'm in love with it. Now I just have to rationalize the price.
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