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September 16, 2008 7:29 PM

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Four Minutes With Derek Jeter

Affable. That's the best term to describe New York Yankees shortstop and captain Derek Jeter. Today, Jeter helped Movado launch a new collection of limited and special edition Movado Series 800 Derek Jeter Chronographs at the Four Seasons restaurant. With my four-minute interview...

Affable. That's the best term to describe New York Yankees shortstop and captain Derek Jeter. Today, Jeter helped Movado launch a new collection of limited and special edition Movado Series 800 Derek Jeter Chronographs at the Four Seasons restaurant. With my four-minute interview time slot, I was permitted to ask the much-sought-after bachelor -- who has been linked with the likes of Mariah Carey, Jessica Biel and a host of other hot starlets -- just about anything.




But since this is WWD, I kept the conversation to style. Jeter, who is miles taller than I envisioned him, was eager to discuss the watches, but after his presentation he started asking the questions. "Do you really like it?" he asked. "You can really tell me if you don't. People tell me I suck all the time. Would you lie to me?"

Jeter was apparently tired of talking baseball, even though he made headlines on Monday by tieing the legendary Lou Gehrig for the most career hits at Yankee Stadium. "How was fashion week?" he asked, noting that he attended only one fashion show in his life, during the off season, but couldn't remember which one or the year. "It was so quick, by the time I sat down, it ended." [For the curious, it was the Marc Jacobs show in February 2002 and Jeter was such a hit that women were passing their phone numbers to him in the front row.]



"So, working at WWD, do people kiss up to you, like designers?" he queried.


Indeed Derek, sometimes they do.


Jeter noted his style is casual. Today, he dressed in a light sport coat, a dark T-shirt and trousers. "We have to travel wearing suits. We can only wear one chain," he said of the Yankees' Clubhouse rules. "We can't have long hair or a beard -- but we can have a mustache. [Jason] Giambi has a mustache now...I'm not sure how good a mustache would look on me."


Maybe George Steinbrenner should consider signing up Marc Jacobs to do the team's travel gear so the Yankee captain can show off his true style?
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