By Mandy Holmes / Photo by Mark Morgan
Father of two, Jason Barclay Morris enjoys creating an individual style for himself as much as helping shape his sons’ personal flair for clothes.
These days, the practicing zoning lawyer often finds himself bouncing between various businesses, so finding a single look that works for his revolving schedule is a constant challenge.
“I try to balance the boredom of a lawyer’s wardrobe with a little bit of pizzazz,” Morris shares.
And pizzazz he has. Continually surrounded by architects, designers and artistic types, Morris is inspired to be less conservative and often tries to mirror the creativity in the room, whether that means rocking loud socks, a bright tie, interesting cuff links, or his signature pocket square.
“A pocket square with a splash of eye-catching color allows you to stand out without sticking out,” he says.
Morris appreciates assisting his sons with their wardrobe design and shopping at The Clotherie at Biltmore Fashion Park thanks to their unique brands and on-site tailoring. Overseas, his British roots take him to Saville Row in London.
Who influences your style? My older brother, because I always wanted to be as cool as him. He taught me to take some fashion risks, not to fear color, how to spot quality and, most importantly, what to avoid.
What is your No. 1 style tip? A good tailor is as important as good clothes. The right person can make sure it fits like it was made for you.
What is your most prized possession in your closet? My father’s vintage Rolex. He passed away less than a week after my 15th birthday. It reminds me daily of what an incredible influence he was to me, and how important it is to make every day count.
By Brittany Maroney / Photo by Mark Morgan
Michelle McGinty is used to telling other people’s stories, not usually her own. As the president of DRA Collective, a full-service public relations and communications firm, she spends her days helping Arizona leaders grow their public presence through strategic communications and by connecting them with other community leaders.
In a role like hers, she always has to be dressed for success, balancing full days at the firm and mornings and evenings at her other favorite job.
“My day always begins and ends in mama mode,” McGinty says. “The rest of my day is work and community commitments, board meetings to creative sessions, to coffee catch ups. Being out and about in this great city is always top of the agenda.”
Versatility is key with the many hats she wears. She has a preference for a look that is classic and simple, one allows her to go from business meetings to her daughter’s school functions, but she’s also not afraid to throw in a little vintage flair.
“I adore vintage fashion, so it always thrills me when I get compliments on what I think are great finds,” she says.
What is your favorite fashion quote?
I’m always inspired by this quote from Ralph Lauren: “Fashion is about something that comes from within you.”
What is your favorite part about living in Arizona? I absolutely love Phoenix and the business community that lives here. I also love when the weather turns just a bit and you can start layering your clothing with different textures and pieces.
How do you pick out items when shopping? I always consider whether it is timeless and easy to care for. And you should always dress for the day you imagine.