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On Style with Bob Scheer

Bob Scheer was born in Greensboro, but spent much of his youth in Denver, where his dad was president and general manager of the Denver Nuggets. “They have Army brats; I’m an NBA brat,” he says. Scheer, 51, moved to Charlotte in 1989, and was the president of two minor league hockey teams: the Charlotte Checkers and the Greenville Grrrowl. Today he works with his partner, Wesley, as the business manager of Wesley Mancini, Ltd.

Q. What’s the first significant piece of clothing you remember buying?

A. A suit at a store called Parachute in New York City in 1986. It was black with blue specks and shoulder pads, and I wore it for years. I was 23.

Q. Did your parents influence your style?

A. My mom’s family owned very successful women’s clothing stores. What I got from her is quality. We like things to last.

Q. What does style mean to you?

A. Comfort. It’s how people see you, so there has to be an intention about it. But if I am not comfortable, I’m not happy in the environment.

Q. What are your fashion challenges?

A. I have a huge neck, and it’s sometimes hard to be comfortable in a tie, which is the stupidest piece of cloth you can buy, and they are so expensive. I also have a very long torso, so I never leave a shirt untucked. And I am always too hot. So I really dress with that in mind.

Q. What’s the best conversation piece you own?

A. My East Coast Hockey League championship ring. In my time, when a minor league hockey team (went) to a championship they (lost) a fortune, because the travel (was) unplanned. I was mad at this ring for a long time.

Q. What would surprise people about your style choices?

A. I like high quality and designers, but I don’t like the labels to show. I also like to buy things out of the country because other people can’t have it here.

Q. For example?

A. I am fortunate to travel quite a bit to Europe, and there’s a great eyeglass store in Paris: Alain Mikli, in the Marais district. Glasses are the thing you see every day when you see me, so it’s important to me that they have a style.

Q. What have you learned through trial and error?

A. Not buying something you think you should buy; having a regret.

Q. How do you put together an outfit?

A. I have a few set outfits for each occasion. I don’t like to have a lot of options. It is the accessories that make it special. I love shoes, and I love scarves.

Q. How do you dress up a suit?

A. If I’m forced to wear a tie I whine about it and then I put it on. I always wear a good set of cufflinks and a pocket square. I’m a big believer in less is more, and I don’t like in-your-face jewelry. Cufflinks are subtle. I’m a huge monarchist, so I love my Swedish crowns.

Q. Where do you buy jewelry?

A. I’ve never bought one piece for myself but my watch, so my jewelry means a lot to me. I have three bracelets I’m wearing now. One is from Wesley, one is from his sister, and one is from a dear friend. I’m lucky people buy me things.

Q. Do you favor a color?

A. Blue. It is the color that I think looks best on me. It makes me happy. I only wear blue and white dress shirts because they are simple.

Q. Where do you get them?

A. Neiman Marcus. They have everything. My dress shirt is Ike Behar. Taylor Richards & Conger also does a good job of being current.

Q. You are a jeans guy …

A. Yes! I love buying jeans in Europe. The cut and style are different. Now I’m wearing IKKS, a well-known store in Spain. Kooples is another. Prices are comparable to (those in) the U.S.

Q. Do you have a prized possession?

A. I love pens. I have a collector’s edition Mont Blanc that you pump the ink into. A good pen on good paper is like a warm knife through butter.

Q. What’s your stylistic theme?

A. I don’t like to stand out, but I like subtle surprises. I like that when you get to me, you notice details. When someone has details, it means they care. I bought a pair of blue suede shoes from Camper in Spain that have wonderful details.

Q. Do you have a favorite designer?

A. John Varvatos. It’s very current, it’s masculine, it’s everything I’m about. If I’m not buying his brand I’m buying his look, which I’ve loved for years. When I need to pump it up a lot, it is Giorgio Armani.

Q. Where did you get your bag?

A. I bought it in Kathmandu, Nepal, last February from a hemp store, and I just fell in love with it. It is simple and really light and I carry it every day.

Q. What was your biggest splurge?

A. A Black Label navy blue Armani suit. I keep things. I’ve had it refit a couple of times, and I’m getting my money out of it. I also have a summer suit from Armani on Rodeo Drive.

Q. What’s your cocktail of the moment?

A. Belvedere martini up with a twist, very cold. Ice chips are essential.

Q. What’s your first choice in a gift bouquet?

A. Calla lilies. I send all white bouquets; it makes it easier and people know it’s from me.

Q. What hotel do you wish you could visit again?

A. La Mamounia in Marrakech. It was the greatest hotel experience I’ve ever had. I’ll never forget my morning screwdriver where they came over with the fresh-squeezed orange juice.

Q. What do you do to relax?

A. I read. I just finished “All the Light We Cannot See,” by Anthony Doerr, and “The Goldfinch,” by Donna Tartt.

Q. What wouldn’t you be caught dead wearing?

A. Leather pants.

Q. Tell me something good about getting older.

A. I love getting older. You know so much. You know it’s probably going to be OK. Stylistically, I think getting older has been great for me. I’m dressing for me.

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