As You Like It
Friendly (and fashionable) faces at familiar places
There is a reassuring certainty to encountering a welcoming, recognizable face in our daily interactions. Whether it’s stopping in for coffee at your regular house of joe or visiting a local jewelry store to commemorate a special occasion, the people as much as the products are what makes that interaction sui generis. It transforms it from a business interaction to an experience. And the familiarity of the person providing that customer experience creates a level of trust: he recommends that dish, I’ll take it; she thinks this necklace looks good, wrap it up; she suggests those seats, let’s sit there; he offers a new coffee flavor, I’ll try it. We found four such people in the community and matched them up with outfits from Ridgefield shops for our annual fashion feature.
They represent so many other genuine people who serve us in our consumer endeavors. If you see them, say hello. And if you like what they wear, visit the stores who provided the outfits for this presentation. While the models in this issue embody the glue that holds customers and businesses together, the fashion and design stores are genuine assets that weave character though the community.
JASON VARGA, Coffee director, Tusk & Cup Fine Coffee
Tusk & Cup is what brought Jason to Ridgefield, he says. “The people are my favorite part of my job. They are the kindest and most interesting people I have ever had the pleasure of serving. I’ve had plenty of bad days that are turned around by customers that I now think of as my friends.”
Jason wears a cotton button down from Ordean, $175; Alberta Jeans, $198; Nylon Waterville Vest, $420, Torino Leather Co. belt, $70. All from Hutton’s Fine Menswear.
LAURA VERSES, Vice president and buyer, Craig’s Fine Jewelry
Laura has been connected to Ridgefield all her life, starting work at Craig’s Fine Jewelry as a 15-year-old high-school student. “Craig’s is special to me. It’s not just a job. It is an extension of family. I can’t imagine being anywhere else. The customers I work with are like friends. It’s a great working and learning with them.”
Laura wears an Isle apparel dress from Lyn Evans, $158; denim-inspired, vegan-leather tote from Turkey Ridge, $75. Monica Rich Kosann 18K yellow-gold Carpe Diem rock crystal necklaces, $2,250; E.F. Brennan 18K yellow-gold endless hoops, $300; Baume & Mercier Hampton steel-and-leather quartz white-dial watch, $1,550; Mazza 14K yellow-gold and cabachon moonstone cuff bracelet, $8,250, all from Craig’s Fine Jewelry. Here, she wears Niki Biki camisole, $24; 3 Dots wool-and-mohair sweater, $148; Parker Smith jeans, $175, all from Lyn Evans. Monica Rich Kosann 18K yellow-gold Carpe Diem rock-crystal necklaces, $2,250; E.F. Brennan 18K yellow-gold endless hoops, $300; Baume & Mercier Hampton steel-and-leather quartz white-dial watch, $1,550; Mazza 14K yellow-gold and cabachon moonstone cuff bracelet, $8,250, all from Craig’s Fine Jewelry.
CHRIS MAYS, Waiter, Luc’s Café & Restaurant
Chris grew up in Ridgefield and started as a food runner at Luc’s 13 years ago, shortly after it opened. Today, he is one of its most familiar waiters. He enjoys the interaction with the many regulars and first-timers to this popular French bistro. “It’s a town full of nice people.”
Chris wears grey wool sportcoat by Sand, $645; a cotton button-down shirt by Sand, $195; Cermica cloth pants by Alberta, $198; Torino Leather Co. belt, $70. All from Hutton’s Fine Menswear.
MICHELLE TANNENBAUM, Box-office supervisor, The Ridgefield Playhouse for Movies and the Performing Arts
Michelle and her family moved to Ridgefield in 2000. “I fell in love with town because it was so pretty—it reminded me of the countryside in England where I was born, and seemed like such a great community to raise a family.” Michelle has worked at the Playhouse for 12 years and loves the way it brings people of all walks of life together through art and music.
Michelle wears a faux-suede fringe wrap from Turkey Ridge, $85; green silk dress by Pip-Squeak Chapeau from Olley Court, $460; Graf+Lantz leather tote from Olley Court, $375. Bittersweet Designs platinum-and-stone necklace, $370, Bittersweet Designs quartz necklace, $390, both from Olley Court.