A mom in leather

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January 07, 2001|By Tricia Bishop | Tricia Bishop,Sun Staff

For years, people have taken notice of the clothes worn by Andrea Burkert, who owns Fletcher's Bar & Grill and the Sound Garden CD store in Fells Point with her husband. In 1986, as a senior at Howard High School in Ellicott City (when she was a big Esprit fan), she was voted best-dressed in not only her class, but in the entire school.

The clothes may have changed a bit since then, but her fashion philosophy has stayed pretty much the same.

"Never leave the house looking terrible," she says. "Always take a few minutes for yourself. That's what my mother always taught me."

Here's a bit more on the style profile of the 32-year-old mother of two:

What will you teach your kids about style and fashion as they grow older?

I would tell them that just because something is expensive, that doesn't mean it's the best. Price doesn't guarantee quality.

Does being a mom affect the way you dress?

With two small kids, I go for more of a comfort thing, more of a casual kind of dress. Before I was a little more dressy. I wear a lot of Gap now.

When you get the chance to get dolled-up, what is your favorite occasion to dress for?

I like restaurant openings or night-club openings. [The Burkerts are planning to open a night club this spring on Guilford Avenue where the House of Welsh restaurant used to be.]

What would you typically wear to one?

Leather -- love leather, leather anything: dresses, pants. Black leather pants are my favorite. I like to dress in sort of funky-chic kind of hip clothes.

Who's your favorite designer?

Calvin Klein. His clothes are very streamlined and simple, yet they're hip -- not fussy.

What do your clothes say about you?

My clothes say I have little time for myself, but that I do the best I can!

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