Your Style: Randy Schubring
Mayo Clinic Government Relations Policy Director Randy Schubring may not be quick to admit it, but he has something in common with U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt — a penchant for national parklands and the out-of-doors.
Maybe no coincidence, then, that Schubring is currently reading a biography of the 26th president — out of his interest in history and the great outdoors.
Schubring, who moved here 10 years ago to work at Mayo, says, “I enjoy hiking and kayaking along Lake Superior’s North Shore and visiting national parks and presidential libraries.”
Noting that husband, David, is a Minneapolis attorney, Schubring adds that he has always had a penchant for community involvement. With two grown children, he is a past president of the Slatterly Park Neighborhood Association here and Rochester representative on the Metropolitan Airports Commission in Minneapolis.
How do you describe your style?
Bookish. Preppy. And a little rugged — it’s the boots!
My grandfather always looked smart and causal. His secret was that he always wore a sports jacket over everything, whether it was an Oxford shirt or causal turtleneck.
How does your style match your primary interests in life?
Looking somewhat the academic is a nice fit for someone who works in health care policy and regulatory affairs and spends his free time reading historical nonfiction and political biographies.
Are there characters from books on your nightstand or bookshelves whose style you admire?
My first thought was Teddy Roosevelt. I am currently reading a biography of his time in North Dakota. Whether in urban NYC or on the Plains, TR always dressed the part. Sometimes to a fault. Lore has it that he was first to be called a ‘Dandy’ because of his flamboyant attire on the floor of the New York State Assembly. Before he went to North Dakota to hunt a buffalo, he had Brooks Brothers tailor his hunting gear with a Tiffany belt bullet with his initials. This was when he was younger. As he aged, his clothes started to weather with him. Which is where I think I am in my style.
How has your style changed with your stages in life?
I have settled down to a consistent style that I hope is understated with a hint of pizazz. Not having to worry about what to wear makes life less complicated.
What do you hope your style communicates?
That even in those times when I don’t feel so smart, I know that I always look smart and put together.
Would you give us a picture of work wear and otherwise?
At work, I wear the standard Mayo uniform dark suit spruced up a couple times a week with a flashy bow tie and colorful socks. Jeans and a V-neck cashmere sweater on weekends.
What are the most essential components in your wardrobe?
At least three blue suits, bow ties, fancy socks.
What should every well-dressed man have in his wardrobe?
Bow ties, V-neck cashmere sweaters, blue jeans, brown dress shoes.
As we’re in Minnesota, your favorite boot styles?
Over-the-ankle dress boots in black or brown. Zipper optional.
Do you have a priceless sentimental item in your wardrobe?
I have a pair of brown dress boots worn to the perfect shade and texture. Have had them re-soled twice.
Something in your wardrobe people would find surprising?
I still have a stack of green campaign T-shirts from when I ran for local office in the 1990s that say Vote for Randy for City Council. I pull one out occasionally to wash the car.
Favorite colors for clothing and accessories?
Blue suit with brown shoes and belt, but I will not wear a brown or tan suit.
Preferred season in terms of clothing?
Fall and winter, of course.
Anything especially “Minnesota” about your style?
I often walk to work through the snow in a Harris Tweed sports jacket that’s so warm I don’t need an overcoat, duck boots, leather gloves and tweed cap with earflaps.
Advice for readers?
Ask trusted women for advice. I am lucky to work with a great team of mostly women who keep me looking dapper by letting me know when my look is a hit or a miss.