By Emily Glynn
Photo by Mark Morgan
When asked to describe her style in 10 words or less, Mitch Phillips, owner of Rare Scarf Vintage, needs only one.
“Eclectic,” she says vehemently of her signature look. “I have a bit of bohemian in me, some glam vibes, a modern twist … I like to mix patterns, wear bold colors and large accessories, and [believe] that a great shoe can make any outfit!”
The adjective unforgettable may be equally fitting. The Minnesota native, who also runs an interior design business and styles editorial photoshoots, rocks dramatic bangs, blocky specs and oftentimes, a safari of different animal prints. Phillips exudes a unique sort of self-assurance, the kind that encourages stares from passersby flabbergasted by the courage of her effortless glam.
“[All it takes is] a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll, some sequins, vintage rock T-shirts, gold lamé (fabric) and definitely having a good time in life,” Phillips divulges.
As for her number one tip for tracking down vintage treasures? The rare, ever-changing inventory of her personal store is a good place to start.
If you could return to any decade, which would you choose and why? The ’70s! The clothes, the shoes, the hair … Studio 54! Which is the most cherished room in your home? My living room, surrounded by my dogs, my favorite art, stacks of books, my comfortable sofa and Netflix for binge watching! What is the most glamorous accessory you own? My collection of fur coats. Favorite indulgence: Champagne, potato chips and dark chocolate. What is the most adventurous thing you’ve done? Some friends, my boyfriend and I backpacked in the snow in the middle of the night to an old shed in the woods in Canada. We slept in sleeping bags, stoked the fire all night, woke up to dogs sledding through the woods, then packed up for a cold stay on a bed of ice in the Hotel De Glace in Quebec. [It was a] great experience, but I prefer a warm bed.
By Emily Glynn
Photo by Mark Morgan
Max Rock, executive chef at the Arcadia locale of Flower Child, knows how to run a tight shift.
“I approach every day with the same goal: to motivate and develop my team to the best of their individual abilities,” says the Fox Restaurant Concepts veteran.
The rapport Rock has established with his talented squad, in combination with his causal yet polished wardrobe, has been instrumental in nurturing the warmhearted atmosphere of the fast-casual, healthy spot in which he works.
“In an open concept kitchen, it’s imperative to be approachable and welcoming to all guests,” he says, alluding to Flower Child’s exposed expo. “Dressing both comfortably and professionally allows me to maintain [that] persona.”
For Rock, this means plenty of plaid button-downs, an impeccably groomed beard and coincidentally, inspiration from the Woodstock generation.
“I’ve always been drawn to the relaxed vibe of the ’60s and ’70s,” says The Grateful Dead fan, who admits to having a secret stash of tie-dye in the depths of his closet. “It’s all about staying true to what I find most comfortable and modernizing the look.”
How do you strike a balance between comfort and style in the kitchen? My go-tos for work are short sleeve button-downs and breathable, lightweight fabrics. Where are your favorite places to shop, local and otherwise? Old Navy, Ross, Birkenstocks and Lost Car Chef Apparel. What is your guilty pleasure? Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop the Feeling. I make a mean … green coconut curry. You’re in the hospitality industry. How do you cultivate that ideal in your everyday life? I make it a priority to stay present in the moment, whether I’m at home or at work, and to treat everyone as my family.