Are you from New Orleans? I grew up in Hammond. We've always had business in the city and a house in the (French) Quarter ... I'm the third generation in a family business, Neill Corporation (a partner of Aveda). I've been back in New Orleans for about three years now. I always knew that New Orleans is where I want to live and grow old.
How long have you worked for Paris Parker? I grew up working in the salons and at beauty shows. I tried to work in every department and experience all the business units to really get a feel for it. Now my role has really evolved — I'm in business development and brand management, and I work with Neill Corp's software company, SalonBiz.
As a brand manager, how has your personal sense of style developed? I grew up in the South, where there was always a lot of culture but not necessarily a lot of fashion. In the industry, I was exposed to a lot of people with a lot of different styles. I lived in New York for a while and I loved the street style. In San Francisco, where the weather could change in a minute, I really got into layering. I learned to love denim and other basics. Jeans and a T-shirt and a button-down flannel is my go-to look. ... My go-to (shoe) is the Chelsea boot — I travel a lot and they're comfortable and easy to slip on and off.
What is your wardrobe staple? For me, I always wear Nudie jeans and good sunglasses — they're always Krewe du Optic. And a good pair of shoes.
What is inspiring you right now? I've always loved Billy Reid. To me, he's the modern-day Ralph Lauren. He's a Louisiana boy. ... He brings in Southern style with a little New York fashion sense. Nick Wooster is another legend in men's fashion. He's also got incredible hair — he's been rocking the pompadour really well for years.
Tell us about your new men's salon, The Parker Barber Shop. It's going to be a classic 1920s barbershop feel, with some modern sensibility to complement the Ace Hotel (where it will be located).
Tell us about your involvement with Lark in the Park. What's the "Party Flock"? The Party Flock is a way to get young professionals [ages 21-35] involved. I was asked by ALG Style to represent the young people in the city and bring fresh thinking to the event. It's going to be at Tad Gormley Stadium this year to benefit the restoration of the field. ... At Tad Gormley, guests will get to see [where their donations go] with their own eyes.
What are you planning to wear? I'm going to wear a suit by Theory. It has great stretch and I can wear it all season. I'm wearing John Varvatos shoes. I got my suit at Saks (Fifth Avenue) and my tie from Billy Reid on Magazine Street. He's one of my style icons. My sunglasses are from Krewe (du Optic).