The transcending style of restaurateurs
A CASUAL BAR SETTING Bettina Schwartz and Mark Firth, co-owners of Prairie Whale in Great Barrington, like to shop right down the road from their restaurant when it comes to fashion. On Bettina from Twigs on Railroad Street: Nili Lotan Sweater, $495; Citizens of Humanity Pants, $178; No. 6 clogs. On Mark from Church Street Trading Company: Mododoc Navy Shawl Collar Terry Cardigan, $138; Vince Slub V-neck T Shirt in smoke, $55; Alberto Navy Twill Jeans, $198. With the guidance of guest fashion editor Hillary Rush and set stylist Melany Louise Dobson.
Photos by Matt Petricone
The casual, relaxed culture of the Berkshires can be transposed quite seamlessly to the culinary subculture here. Each restaurateur offers up his or her own personal style, reflected in the atmosphere created within each establishment. This connectivity is often consistent with what restaurant owners wear and where they shop locally.
There is Mark Firth and Bettina Schwartz’s simple, natural approach to food and Firth’s hands-on style of running the front of the house at Prairie Whale in Great Barrington. Jenny Benson, owner of Mission Bar & Tapas in Pittsfield, has an open spiritedness toward fashion and a synchronicity with manager Rachel Parzick. Turn to the understated yet stylishly boyish persona of Jared Decoteau, owner of PUBLIC eat+drink in North Adams and District Kitchen & Bar in Pittsfield. And Terry Moore’s smart dress and charming accent carries through to the way he cultivates his menu and style at The Old Mill in South Egremont.
Each restaurateur creates a personality in our culinary picture, and is reflected below.
CASUAL CHIC Rachel Parzick is manager of Mission Bar & Tapas in Pittsfield—and owner Jenny Benson’s right-hand person. She is wearing a selection from Local in Lenox. Parzick has on a Blue Linen Dress by Artemesia, designer is Wendy Akroyd of Lenox, $165; Sterling Silver Earrings by Lisa Anderson in Great Barrington, $68; Sterling Silver Cuff by Lisa Anderson, $200; boots are hers. With assistance by set stylist Melany Louise Dobson.
FOR THE FUN OF IT Jenny Benson adores shopping at Local in Lenox, which is where she picked the clothes for this photo. She stands outside of her Mission Bar & Tapas in Pittsfield and wears a Black Merino Wool Tunic, designer New Form Perspective by Gail Travis, $265; Linen Print Skirt by Artemesia/Wendy Akroyd; boots are hers. With assistance by set stylist Melany Louise Dobson.
UNDERSTATED FLAIR Jared Decoteau stand inside his PUBLIC eat+drink in North Adams. From the new J. McLaughlin in Lenox, he is wearing an angler quilted vest in olive, $198; Gramercy Classic Fit Shirt in primrose, $145; Mitchell Pima Cotton Pant in Khaki, $175; Concord belt, $95; and shoes are his. With assistance by set stylist Melany Louise Dobson.
CASUAL AND SMART Terry Moore stands in front of The Old Mill, his South Egremont restaurant. From Church Street Trading Company, in Great Barrington, he is wearing Missani Reversible Vicuna Cashmere and Leather Vest, $425; Gant Rugger Luxury Twill Plaid Shirt, $145;
J Brand Kane Grey Twill Jeans, $180; and shoes are his. With the guidance of guest fashion editor Hillary Rush and set stylist Melany Louise Dobson.