Fashion Sales Rep
At the Village at Cross Keys, Baltimore
In the 40s and 50s, women were considered in fashion and properly dressed when they went out wearing a coat, gloves and a hat. Aside from European weddings, it was rare to see a beautiful woman wearing a hat. But the recent popularity of fedora hats has made women in hats fashionable again! When we saw one walking down the street in Fells Point on a beautiful spring evening, we had to stop and talk.
The phrase “lawyers who lunch” brings to mind pinstripe suits and depositions over the fast-food-catered conference table. But that’s not always the case. Father and son team Bob and Nolan Weltchek dress up only for the courtroom. During a typical workweek, they make time for lunch together, clad in classic denim. Their casual yet stylish look caught our eye, as did the senior partner pop’s long-ish hair…
Can we take your picture? You must be in the entertainment business?
Actually we’re lawyers in the same firm.
But your hair is so long and hip for a lawyer!
I’ve worn it long since high school.
And your son here is so clean cut?
We have different styles. I’m more “shoot from the hip.”
My son is more by the book. Plus, I’m older!
Are your wardrobes are completely different? You both have great looks today.
I grew up in New Jersey. I have worked since I was 13 years old. By the time I became successful, I wanted to take a deep breath and smell the roses, and that included buying nice clothes!
He has great clothes. Just not as many as I do.
I may have 100 shirts and he might have 20.
But you worked long and hard for those shirts!
Nolan works hard too. He’s a partner at 28.
Lots of great shirts in his future!
Like a scene in a movie, Nicole Schiavo walked out of the beautiful new Four Seasons Hotel in Harbor East to pick up her car from the valet. Looking very chic and Hollywood in her over-sized shades and 5-inch heels, she put one very ladylike leg in, then the other. That’s when we glimpsed the red soles. Maybe this was a casting call.
You have such style. What’s your job?
I’m a lawyer in that building across from the hotel.
How would you describe your look for work?
Do you always wear dresses to work?
Lots of dresses and skirt suits. Never pants. I’m 4’10!
So that explains those killer heels. Louboutins, right? Red soles!
Yes. I wear them all the time.
And your dress hits just perfectly at the knee. You are perfectly proportioned!
Thank you. I hem everything I wear: to the middle of the knee for work and really short for the weekend!
Does your height make a difference in the workplace?
I’m a lender liability litigator. People underestimate me all the time ’cause I’m little.
You go girl.
There is no better place to run into friends than Stone Mill Bakery at Green Spring Station. Stacy Lebow and Elise Morris, old friends, both showed up wearing Lululemon tops. (And they didn’t even call each other!) The hot Vancouver-based company sells yoga-inspired athletic clothing that has become the uniform for chic exercising moms. We’re lucky enough to have a Baltimore store on Aliceanna Street in Fells Point (soon to move to Harbor East, we hear).
We talked to Stacy first.
Hi. I love your top.
Thanks. It’s Lululemon, my favorite thing to wear when I work out.
How would you describe your fashion style?
That would explain the feather I see in your hair.
It’s trendy fun! It comes out in a week. Like nail polish!
What do you wear for an evening out?
I dress according to what fits my body. And I love scarves and wraps and shawls — and dresses! I do get my hair blown out occasionally. That’s my one indulgence. My mother
was a photographer so I’ve always had pictures taken of me. And pretty hair is an important accessory!
How do you two know each other?
We met when our children were very young at preschool.
And Elise, where did you spend your morning?
I just came from playing tennis!
And you both love Lululemon! Are you sure you didn’t plan your matching tops.
Of course not! But I’m glad we ran into each other! (Stacy)
Belvedere Square at lunch time is a bustling and crowded place.
Among the hubbub, we spotted Mr. Clark sitting quietly at a table alone, eating his soup. He looked old-school cool in his hat and faded ski sweater and was more than happy to talk to us.
Hi. Do you come to Belvedere often?
I come almost everyday for lunch. Atwater’s and Ceriello are my favorites.
You look so natty. Tell me about what you’re wearing.
Jeans, ski sweater, and a hat. Same thing in summer but no sweater.
Do you ski?
Yes, in Aspen or Snowmass. In the summer, I golf.
I love your Derby hat. Sometimes called a Bowler right?
Yes. I got it at Sears.
Men used to wear Derbys to baseball games. Now all they wear are baseball
caps. I wear those too.
Are you married Herb?
Yes. Fifty-one years.
And does she influence what you wear?
I’m 80 years old. My wife does not dress me. I know a man
whose wife dresses him. Not for me!
As Sartorial Baltimoreal photographer Lee Kriel and I rounded the corner at the JHU Barnes and Noble on St. Paul recently, she said to me, “Look at the purple coat with the old Samsonite luggage straight ahead.” I saw nothing more than a bunch of kids waiting for the bus, but as we walked closer, Charles Village couple Anna and Ross came clearer. When they turned around and Anna’s magnificent eyes met me, the flashes went off! Sometimes only the trained eye of a photographer can spot the stars in a well-populated scene.
Hi! Where are you all traveling?
Anna: We are going to New Orleans to see my family.
Are you boyfriend and girlfriend?
We are married.
What do you do here in Baltimore?
Anna: I work at the front desk of the BMA.
Ross: I am a graduate student in classical archaeology at Hopkins. I want to be a professor.
You both look so fashionable. Did you think about what you were wearing on the plane this morning?
Anna: I always think about what I wear. I love fashion. I am an artist and I knit all the time. (She made the scarf she is wearing.)
Ross: I dressed as I normally would dress.
And your individual styles?
Anna: I think I am colorful-vintage, highlighting homemade knits!
Ross: Stylish academic.
You are both so retro! Your cats-eye glasses and lined eyes, Anna (such the rage now). Your coat. Your shoes. Ross, I love your hair and cardigan! So ’50s!
Anna: I have been wearing eyeliner like this since I can remember. It’s so popular now.
Ross: My sweater is from H&M and my hair just has gel in it.
And this old Samsonite you are carrying?
Anna: It’s from the 1960’s. And it cost $5!
We walked into the Roland Park brasserie Petit Louis last week and immediately saw a table of smiling, pretty women — laughing in the corner. They were sartorially festive without being, well, dressed in red and green. No Christmas sweaters for these girls!
From left to right:
Hi girls! Can we interrupt? You all look so happy. What’s the occasion?
We are breaking away from a busy holiday season to go to Paris for lunch!
How do you know each other?
Two of us grew up together, three live in the same neighborhood and two have children
in the same school. We all met through each other.
You all look great. Did you make a special effort when you got dressed today?
(They all laugh.) Sarah (a pharmaceutical rep): I came from work. Stacey (a teacher at Soul Body): I just taught a barre class. Jodi (a personal trainer): I had a doctor’s appointment. Brigette: I came from my store, the Lily Pad in Towson. And Lauren: I’m a doctor. I have been up all night at the hospital!
Okay, so you are all smart girls. Do you care about fashion? You each have a unique style.
We are all fashionistas at heart. And we all care about what we wear. Some days more than others!
But today all you needed to look beautiful was to wear those smiles.
Lunch in Paris will do that for you.