I donít understand why everybody thinks that dressing casually is so much more comfortable. Iím as comfortable in a suit as I am in anything else.

Good champagne—good, not expensive—has been my cocktail of choice for as long as I can remember. I like them all—Bollinger, Taittinger, and others. I also collect champagne coupes; I have more than 10. Theyíre one of the few things that I collect.

Chariots of Fire, Death in Venice, North by Northwest, and The Thomas Crown Affair are some of my favorite films—and theyíre all particularly inspiring for menswear. I watch movies all the time but I donít like to go to the theater. Itís just too much.

Guys shouldnít spend a lot of money on a haircut. I go to Chelsea Barbers in New York, where I pay about $30. The price went up, but Iím very loyal to the woman there.

Itís sad that the cell phone is replacing the watch as a time-telling device. I wear a vintage watch thatís really skinny.

When it comes to shoes, you donít really need more than a few pairs of wing tips or oxfords. Theyíre classics. And I wear only black shoes in the city. Brown ones are for the country.

Men donít know enough about being courteous toward women. You should get into a cab before a woman so she doesnít have to slide across the seat. And you should always go first into a revolving door so she doesnít have to push—unless itís moving, then let her go first.

Seersucker and khaki suits are the key to looking put-together in the summer. I also wear shorts year-round. And I would never say never, but I donít wear sandals. With shorts, itís wing tips and tennis socks.

I like menswear from the late fifties and early sixties. Itís the uniformity and the lack of choice from that era that I respond to. Itís also the last time that there was such a distinct American style. Now itís all jumbled up and homogenized.

I love white linen sheets, but they need to be ironed, so that limits my use of them. Otherwise, I like really good, starched white cotton sheets. They have to be white.