In DPJ’s Street Style PHX series, Kammie Kobyleski hits the streets in search of the looks that define our city style.
“People will stare. Make it worth their while.” -Harry Winston
While running errands on a recent Sunday, I needed a quick caffeine boost. I hopped into Lux Central for one of my favorite iced green teas and admit to stopping dead in my tracks and staring at these two fabulous and fashionable Phoenicians.
Ricci Demery, a Chandler native who now resides in Tempe and Jahmal Landers, a Portland transplant, took grabbing a casual cup of joe to a whole new level. I stopped my (awkward) staring long enough to ask who influenced this stylish duo, hoping to learn some of their secrets.
What are you wearing?
Ricci is wearing a white trendy top from Ross, Levi Jeans and coral heels from Charlotte Russe (if you can’t wear these fabulous heels to grab coffee where can you wear them?) Jahmal is in Guess jeans, a tank top from H&M and shoes by Nike.
Favorite places to shop?
Jahmal prefers second hand shops like Buffalo Exchange and Goodwill (shout out to ½ price Saturdays) and prefers a minimalist and effortless look, but likes to dress up too. Ricci said she doesn’t follow people or trends much, but wears what feels right for her (I mean LOOK at her. She’s doing her just right).
If you could raid one Style icon’s closet, who would it be?
Jahmal follows style icon Ozwald Boateng, a bespoke couture designer with accolades from Hollywood, London and the fashion elite. Ricci definitely has her own sense of style but named Beyoncé as a source of inspiration (because, Beyoncé.)
What about living in PHX influences your style?
Jahmal shared, “Phoenix is different than Portland. Here we don’t cover up as much because it’s so hot. I like the four seasons and enjoy dressing for that, but it’s hard to do here. I still have a bunch of coats from Portland that I don’t wear. I’m also super active so I wear stuff that can be comfortable and work for different activities.”
These two should set up an Instagram feed so we can all follow along on their stylish journey. If they make grabbing coffee look this good, who knows what going to the gym, grocery shopping and date night looks like.