By Brittany Maroney
Photo by Mark Morgan
The day is just dawning and chef Joshua Thompson is already buttoned up in a crisp chef coat, elbows deep in flour, creating the newest batch of laminated viennoiserie baked goods. Next up, a custom gelato.
As the director of operations at La Grande Orange Bake Shop, Thompson’s chef whites are more than just a uniform, they are a snapshot of his personality and a window into his personal sense of style. Whether in jeans and a T-shirt or his work attire, Thompson appreciates clean lines and crisp tailoring.
From the kitchen to the streets, you’ll find Thompson dressed in Massimo Dutti with matching New Balance sneakers, a leather wrist cuff and a dab of John Varvatos when he’s headed out at night.
Thompson’s laid-back style and innate confidence has made him a perfect fit for LGO’s sweeter concepts. In addition to recipe development and implementation, he manages the profit and loss statement, sales and logistics for their wholesale division, and quality check on retail products.
“I knew that I could grow this company, while growing with it. I was and I am still able to make a personal impact with my ideas and see them come to fruition.”
Favorite accessory: I finally broke down and bought a smart watch; the new Galaxy. I was afraid that I would be too attached to my phone but it’s actually been helpful.
What is your No. 1 piece of style advice? Find something that fits you and your personality. You need to be comfortable in yourself and what you wear. Your sense of style can change, just like what you want for dessert. It doesn’t always have to be the same thing.
What do you love about Phoenix? I have been here for about 12 years and I have seen lots of changes with new stores and great restaurant concepts coming forward.
By Mandy Holmes
Photo by Claudia Johnstone
Hayden Wolven doesn’t necessarily follow trends – she prefers setting her own. As a brand manager at Fox Restaurant Concepts (FRC), Wolven stocks her wardrobe with affordable, ever-changing looks that can keep up with her career in the constantly evolving restaurant industry.
In addition to her stylish family, the food-loving fashionista finds inspiration around every corner within her job.
“From the design and decor in our restaurants to the fashion-forward employees, I am so lucky I get to work in an environment where I am surrounded by great style,” she says.
Wolven credits her time working at Culinary Dropout, her first position within the company, to impacting her personal style most where she learned expressing individuality through personal style is a celebrated part of the FRC brand.
Although her love for camouflage and leopard print will never go out of style, Wolven is committed to keeping the majority of her looks clean and minimalistic. With a passion for graphic tees and the perfect fitting pair of jeans, she loves to shop at Manor at Uptown Plaza and stores like Zara and H&M for basics.
What is your most prized possession in your closet? A pair of long gold earrings that have a midcentury modern vibe that belonged to my grammy. She passed away last year and I wear them often to keep her with me, and keep her style alive.
How does living in Arizona influence your style? I didn’t realize how much a region influences one’s style until moving away from Arizona [briefly to Chicago], not only the weather but the colors of the desert landscape cause me to lean into burnt oranges, mustard yellows, and army green (because cacti).
What is your No. 1 style tip? Wear what makes you happy, don’t dress for anyone but yourself.