By Mandy Holmes / Photo by Mark morgan
Born in West Africa and raised in North London, happy-go-lucky Saks Fifth Avenue style advisor Afi Maita dresses herself in colorful, feminine and timeless ensembles that reflect her bright personality.
Maita attributes her flair for fashion to her father Musa, thanks to his global travel schedule and fondness for custom suits from London and Milan. She grew up practicing her style skills on her siblings before finding a career in the fashion industry.
As Maita grew up, her style evolved over time, now dressing solely for her curvaceous, athletic body. She was inspired to embrace her body through her style by two powerful black women she looks up to who “own their curves” — Beyoncé and Serena Williams.
With amazing brands at her fingertips daily, the vivacious trendsetter’s favorites include Gucci, Hermes and Chanel and she swears by accessorizing with good shape wear to set a strong foundation.
“From jewelry to a belt and handbag, accessorizing is like icing on a cake,” Maita says. “Fashion is what you buy, style is what you do with it!”
As a Type 1 diabetic, Maita travels with a plethora of diabetic supplies. Of course, she packs them into a fashionable burgundy Givenchy bag (a gift from her father) because as a stylist, she can even make diabetes look good.
What is your No. 1 style tip? Dress for yourself and no one else.
How does your style differ at work? You’ll see me with fully applied makeup wearing my bright, bold and feminine outfits during workdays. On days off I go makeup free and wear athleisure wear with a baseball cap, and my favorite Quay Australia Shades.
What do you wear for a night out? I take more risks under the blanket of night with more fitted clothing like a body suit with jeans, a blazer/duster and a belt or tighter dresses. I go for sleeker lines and more sparkle.
By Mandy Holmes / Photo by Claudia Johnstone
When he’s not sporting white overalls and purple converse sneakers, Ziggy Goldfarb has perfected his business casual-meets-streetwear look for his career in sales (with a side of pasta making!) at the Hayden Flour Mill.
Most days, Goldfarb styles his self-described “dadbod” in pastels and trendy T-shirts. The busy father, husband and subject of the children’s book titled Ziggy’s Perfect Pickles shares, “I don’t even have enough time to wear all of my T-shirts but they are a way to share my love of art or to show my support for my friends’ businesses and projects.”
To take his look from day to night, Goldfarb simply puts on an apron and gets in kitchen to cook for his family.
With a passion for cooking, art and color, Goldfarb often heads to Phoenix Flea to meet designers and shop local vendors for clothing and other goods. He turns to social media for a dose of wardrobe inspiration, but also takes notice of what’s trending on the people around him.
“The J.Crew mens (@jcrewmens) Instagram account is great as the styles are easily purchased from their online store,” Goldfarb says. “I find styles are much more achievable when I see a normal person wearing them as opposed to a celebrity.”
What is one of your favorite brands? I’ve been a fan of Lucky Jeans for years ever since I randomly walked into their old store on Mill Avenue. They are comfortable and fit great.
Do you consider yourself a trendsetter?
I don’t envision setting any trends, but any day that my wife doesn’t laugh at my outfit is a good day.
What is your most prized possession in your closet? My wedding ring. It goes with every outfit! Oh, also my Pretty Snake cat sweater with 3D eyes.