Glimpsed! Baltimore

Richard Alter

Shop & Tell

December 10, 2006|By Tanika White | Tanika White,Sun Reporter

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society Maryland Chapter's annual Dinner of Champions is a star-studded affair. This year, Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. and Baltimore City Council President Sheila Dixon were spotted at the Marriott Waterfront, all dressed in their black-tie best. The cause is a serious one, but causes and clothing need not always match.

Just ask Richard Alter, who showed up in navy blue, not black, with a western-style belt, half a dozen rubber wristbands supporting various causes, and a cartoon Peanuts tie with Charlie Brown and all his pals dancing across it.

"Basically," Alter says, "I don't take myself all that seriously. "

Richard Alter

Age: 62

Residence: Pikesville

Job: President of Manekin LLC, a real estate company

Self-described style: "I think in general, while I don't want to look sloppy, I try to have fun."

The Look: Navy blue Hugo Boss suit. Light blue oxford. Peanuts tie. Prada loafers.

Where it came from: Suit from Neiman Marcus. Tie from Tiecoon, a shop in New York's Penn Station, shoes from Barneys New York.

Business, and life, casual: "Our company went business casual about 10 years ago. I used to be a relatively sort of five-day-a-week suit wearer. But now, most of the time, I'm wearing a pair of decent pants, with cowboy boots and a cowboy belt. I generally wear a denim shirt."

Tied up: "I'm the Imelda Marcos of fun ties. I've got ties that have traffic meters on it with quarters; I've got ties with lips running up and down. I've got ties with the Three Stooges. My ties run from famous to infamous to notorious."

Bandana man: "The other thing about me [is], if it's really a big ol' dancing party, I tend to break out the headband later in the evening. They're cowboy-style bandanas, and I sort of put them into a headband. ... My son was bar mitzvahed six years ago, and every male at the place, as a gift, got a bandana to wear. So you had the heads of some fairly large companies around here and [heads of] hospitals, wearing bandanas for at least one night in their lives. It was pretty comical."

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