In this week’s edition of Randy Rigby’s La-La Land…
This conversation went on for nearly ten minutes on live radio:
Spencer Checketts: Our next guest probably wears blazers from time to time.
Gordon Monson: Let’s ask him how many suits he owns.
SC: The president of the Utah Jazz, Randy Rigby, who only, only owns the finest of threads. Randy, how are you, sir?
Randy Rigby: Spence, Gordon, I’m doing great. How are you two doing?
SC: So how many suits, if we went into the Randy Rigby walk-in closet, and don’t even pretend to tell me it’s not a walk-in, if we went into the closet, how many suits would you say you own total?
RR: Oh man, I hate to confess to this. I do like suits. I’ve tried wearing fewer suits recently ’cause it’s kind of nice to be casual, but I hate to think about it too long, but I would daresay somewhere between, um, probably 15 and 20 suits.
GM: That’s what I would’ve guessed, and then on top of that, what, between five and ten sports coats and jackets and maybe more?
RR: Yeah. Yeah. And probably slacks. I’ve probably got another, probably 15 pairs of slacks. …
GM: Randy has this in common with David Stern.
SC: Only the finest of threads for Randy will do.
GM: Yeah, and let me tell you how I know this. Because when I met David Stern, I tapped him on the back, and my hand slid off his jacket. His suit jacket, just slid right off.
SC: Where did it go?
GM (ignores Checketts): I knew right there, ok, that’s a $20,000 suit. And one time I did that with Randy. Same thing. Same action, just slid right off of there. So I knew. …
[Rigby tells story about being a poor young man and buying a suit at Sears.]
[Checketts tells story about Daddy.]
GM: So in a business setting, Randy, how much do businessmen pay attention to what the other businessmen are wearing, and what advice would you give our listeners out there who wear a suit to work everyday?
RR: Well, I think you’ve got a mixture, Gordon. I think there are those who are very conscious. I know in our office here, I’ve got some young executives, and I’ll tell you, they are right up to speed on dress for success and what people are wearing and the look and the feel. And they look very sharp, and you know what, I compliment them for doing it. In fact my wife is constantly saying to me, “Can’t you make Randy dress a little nicer?” I think there are those that also, you know, I’m one that, maybe because I’m a farm boy, that you know what, clothes and kind of my cars are necessities for me. And I do like to look nice. I try to dress nice. But I also try to always find the best way that I can do that for the cheapest price…I’m a little bit of a bargain hunter, that’s just who I am, but I think it’s important to also give a good image and good impression.
[Monson asks about Rigby's cars. Rigby talks about his Toyota Sequoia.]
[Checketts asks Rigby who is the best-dressed person in his office. Rigby starts rattling off random names.]
[Rigby talks some more about his sartorial philosophy which somehow, seamlessly and yet completely unconnectedly, transitions into how his wife likes him to keep the car clean in case he has to take someone to the airport.]
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