Who: John Parker
What: Restaurant general manager
How would you describe your personal style?
I prefer simple classics and classics with a twist in high quality. Don’t get me wrong: I have a fun, young, edgy side to me, but I like to build my wardrobe on basics that will last for years. My philosophy is to focus on true classics and more unusual pieces that won’t easily be dated.
Does working in a restaurant on the Strip affect how you dress?
Living and working in such a transient city, in which all walks of life and fashion meet, it allows me to push the envelope from the traditional attire of a person in my position. It keeps me staying “dressed to impress” at my office, which is the average person’s playground.
Where and how do you prefer to shop for clothes?
I have my favorite stores and tend to stay loyal to them, with No. 1 being John Varvatos. They do an amazing job of mixing the basics and staples with just the right amount of edge that I like.
I’m also addicted to online shopping. I can’t resist Nordstrom.com, because you can knock out everything you need for a whole outfit—from the cologne to the suit to the shoes—in one sweep. A few others are TouchOfModern.com and ThisIsWhyIAmBroke.com, which is self-explanatory. It’s very dangerous that in a few simple clicks I can have whatever I want sent directly to my house.
What is your go-to resource for fashion tips?
Right now it tends to be social media. It allows you to see different fashions from all over the world just a click away. I follow David Beckham and, believe it or not, Kanye West. I don’t agree with a lot of Kanye’s comments, but he does have a great eye for style. Both are edgy but clean with the most fashion-forward sense of what is trendy.