By Emily Glynn / Photo by CLaudia Johnstone
“In my role, menswear must be presented at an impeccable level,” says Peter Harden, Scottsdale Fashion Square’s roving concierge (a position created solely for him).
Since his early days as a mall security guard (and the owner of a single pair of tattered sneakers), the man has evolved into a flawlessly clothed style connoisseur, fulfilling shoppers’ needs and aiming to exceed all levels of expectation.
Harden is now one of the most conscientiously dressed individuals to grace the mall’s marble hallways. On any given day, Harden roves the property in a crisp dress shirt and pants, wingtip shoes from Johnston & Murphy, and a designer tie, selected by his daughter. Weekends call for head-to-toe Polo Ralph Lauren, aside from his belt, which is unfailingly Gucci.
Harden’s incentive for keeping such an exemplary wardrobe and appearance has little to do with vanity. He views personal style as an avenue of human connection, one capable of generating veritable happiness.
“Each morning, I ask to touch at least one person’s life and to make one person’s day extraordinarily special,” he says.
Smiles and kind words never fail. Salvatore Ferragamo and Hugo Boss just happen to make the job a little easier.
What might we be surprised to find in your closet? A six-foot-six-inch mannequin man, fully dressed in jeans, a camo coat, tennis shoes, sunglasses, and other accessories. That’s the current look – I change it regularly.
Which pieces do you find yourself wearing again and again? Ties and belts are my weaknesses. I love accessories that you can wear with so many different things.
Can you let us in on any of the mall’s best-kept secrets? Scottsdale Fashion Square employees are some of the sweetest people I’ve ever met in my life. We’re all here to make our shoppers’ experience unreal!
By Emily Glynn / Photo by Claudia Johnstone
Predictability can be a luxury, one that Haley Metcalf, the event manager at Phoenix Business Journal (PBJ), doesn’t encounter often.
“I sometimes wish I had a scheduled life,” she admits. “My days are constantly changing, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t absolutely love it.”
The unparalleled poise Metcalf exudes around the clock fools many into thinking her fashion sense is instinctive, but she readily admits that she didn’t come into her own until she began interning for PBJ during college. Enamored by the confidence of her female clients, Metcalf set to work on transforming her wardrobe from average to extraordinary.
“I was inspired to create my own ‘look’ and [hope] to be that inspiration for young women entering the corporate world,” Metcalf says.
Because her schedule is ever-changing, Metcalf relies on outfits that transition easily from day to night. Loose blouses tucked into feminine pencil skirts serve as her go-to ensemble, a blank canvas for entertaining her Kendra Scott jewelry obsession.
Thankfully, Metcalf thoroughly enjoys the effort that goes into creating the perfect look. With such a high-profile career, she can’t really afford to get lax with her presentation.
“I always have my ‘game face’ on and my style matches that,” Metcalf says. “Polished, clean and classic.”
Which fall trends are you most looking forward to wearing? Layers are everything, and even though it doesn’t get that chilly in Arizona, a nice puffer coat can complete your outfit and is one trend I’m looking forward to.
What has been your biggest splurge? Anytime I go into lululemon. You can’t just buy one or two things there.
Which quick style tip never fails you? Ironing or steaming can take you from sloppy to polished in an instant.