By Lynette Carrington / Photo by Mark Morgan
Brian Szczech doesn’t consider himself a disciple of fashion, but his style follows in the footsteps of his work as founder and artist at Flux Design Studio.
“I’ve been told that I look like a member of Jane’s Addiction,” Szczech says. “I have a little bit of a rocker style mixed with some bohemian.”
Due to the nature of his job, Szczech wears jeans frequently – even in the summer. He looks for thinner, lightweight fabrics for comfortable jeans as an alternative to shorts. His go-to brand is Buffalo.
Though a day-to-day jeans and T-shirt kind of guy, Szczech is known to switch things up on the right occasion with friends.
“Over the years, we’ve gone to different festivals and gatherings – things like Burning Man-type events,” he explains. “I’ll wear a fuzzy vest, a tutu, some crazy jeans, or wild boots and a top hat.”
Instead of following the trends, Szczech follows his inner compass.
“I just wear on the outside who I am as an artist inside. I like to be comfortable in both skins,” he says.
What is Flux Design Studio? My son Devin Szczech and I build interior design products. We do wall sculpture and free-standing sculpture. We also fabricate furniture for designers as well as lighting and fireplaces for architects and builders in the Valley. The average home value we work on starts at $1.5 million.
What are your favorite materials to work with? We work with metals and specialize in on-metal finishes, like patinas. We use steel, brass, copper, and various wood species. My old company, Concrete Interiors is now a sister company and we make a lot of concrete furniture.
What do you love about your job? After having a company with employees, I wanted to rediscover myself as an artist. Over the years we’ve met great designers, architects and builders, and now we can be more selective with jobs.
By Brittany Maroney / Photo by Mark Morgan
Urban chic yet comfortable is the name of the game for Michelle Moore-Fanger. As the vice president of Laboratory Corporation of America and founder of local nonprofit Mother’s Grace, Moore-Fanger’s fashion sense naturally lends to understated, polished ensembles.
Though she goes for a clean, professional look during the week, the avid hiker and yogi swaps her Jimmy Choo and Prada pumps for Lululemon joggers and sneakers on the weekends.
“I wake up and pick what I am going to be most comfortable in and something that will express how I am feeling that day,” she explains.
Moore-Fanger frequents the airport so it’s important to her to be fashionable while still remaining practical. She gravitates toward simple, elegant handbags from the likes of Stella McCartney, Gucci, and Prada.
“I need something that is like a tote as I travel every week for business and it needs to fit my MacBook,” she says. “Lately I’ve been keeping my eye on a classic Fendi (vintage) to wear with all white.”
Though she likes specialty shops such as Vince and Burberry, Moore-Fanger has been a loyal customer (and previous employee during her college years) to Nordstrom since 1985.
“Nordstrom is my favorite place to shop, they have everything, and they have the best customer service,” she says.
What shoes do you wear off the clock? For fun, I’ll wear a wedge from Vince or my favorite PAOLO that are a wedge tennis shoe. You can literally run through airport in them! Since I grew up in Oregon, I also have a lot of Nikes.
What do you wear for a night out? I tend to wear a lot of black. I always feel like Johnny Cash! I keep it simple with black skinny jeans and a good Vince blouse, maybe I’ll throw on a colorful bomber jacket to add some personality.
Fashion icons: Lauren Hutton, Cindy Crawford, Cate Blanchett and Sandra Bullock.