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At Stock & Barrel, how can we not be in love with people who see deep dish pizza and match it with a thrift store sweater in their head, or two people who could say the phrase “filet-o-fish blue” and not have to explain further? Michelle Maguire and Kelsey McClellan are our kind of people. [...]
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At Stock & Barrel, how can we not be in love with people who see deep dish pizza and match it with a thrift store sweater in their head, or two people who could say the phrase “filet-o-fish blue” and not have to explain further?
Michelle Maguire and Kelsey McClellan are our kind of people.
The stylist and photographer—known collectively as Terrence Caviar—are always mining new possibilities in the world of styling, their imagination on display in their latest collaboration, Wardrobe Snacks.
This is food as art. As fashion. As a powerful agent of nostalgia. As an accessory to its author’s personality.
And we’re fascinated by it.
As a magazine tasked with coming up with new ways to unlock the imagination of the food world visually, we wanted to tip our caps to T. Caviar, and of course, sit down and chop up how something this lovely comes to be.

Photos by Kelsey Mcclellan
Styling by Michelle Maguire

So, tell me where this idea started, you lovely weirdos?
MM: This series was inspired by diners lacking the luxury of being seated at a table: my stepdad who rests his sandwich on his thigh in between bites (hell with a plate!) while he blasts an action movie on his TV; a commuter cramped up on a crowded bus retrieving an item from a bag or pocket; a lunch-breaker on a park bench eating from her lap. They’re informal—perhaps even a bit awkward—spaces as far as eating is concerned, yet the diners always appear to be comfortable and perfectly satisfied with their chosen snack, almost Zen-like.
KM: We’ve been collaborating on another ongoing series, Pancakes is Ready, for a couple of years now. We talk on the phone pretty often about what we want to shoot together the next time we are in the same place, and before shooting Wardrobe Snacks we thought it would be fun to focus on food without using a table surface.

Did they all start the same way? Was the inspiration clothes first and then find some food to match, or other way around?
MM: Along with color, food is another thing that gets me excited, so for Wardrobe Snacks, once I had the clothing picked out, it was fun to think about an edible prop (both color-appropriate and easily eaten on-the-go or from your lap) to become the star of the show. Some of the foods shown (Sicilian-style pizza) are actually my favorite snacks, others (Zero bar) I slip in simply for nostalgic reasons.

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Quick: match a food item with what each of you are wearing right now?
MM: A tangerine.
KM: Blackberries.

In many ways this is a tribute to branding—these classic colors that have been attributed to these products. Particularly that filet-o-fish blue. I remember that packaging, but some may not—yet it’s there, in our psyche. Even the specific pink color of the sugar wafers. Is this in examination of the way we associate food and color and product?
MM; Totally. When I was growing up, the quick fish was served inside a Styrofoam container that was this beautiful ’70s-prom tuxedo-blue. I deeply associate that color with the filet-o’-fish, and it’s the first thing that popped into my head when I found the blue suit at the thrift store. In an effort to modernize, McDonald’s got rid of that packaging years ago, so to incorporate that essential, recognizable blue, we wrapped the sandwich in tissue paper.
KM: I think when you link food to personal memories colors are strongly associated. I used to eat cereal every morning out of these plastic, blush pink bowls that my mom had, so that color still makes me think of breakfast.

Photos by Kelsey Mcclellan
Styling by Michelle Maguire

I like that it’s also a tribute to this notion that “everybody snacks.” Paying homage to that one little thing you sneak into your daily diet—random or consistent, good for you or bad for you. Is that part of the inspiration?
MM: Aside from being such visually appealing props to slip into a composition, I associate food with pleasure. I’m also a big believer in taking breaks—to eat something that brings you joy and comfort, sit outside, get some air, listen to some birds, and re-charge. Stealing a moment to snack is a wise move—keep the bonks at bay.
KM: For sure—everyone snacks. Usually it isn’t dependent on what you are wearing but it’s sorta a fun exercise to pair foods with your clothes. All types of food can bring peace of mind at different times—like when you are starving on a long drive and all you can get is a bag of chips at a gas station, or when you are hustlin’ around town and just have time for the wafer you had in your purse.

Where did you get the clothes? Any local finds?
MM: Columbus is the land of terrific thrift stores and estate sales, so I’m always gathering stuff—objects, clothing, paper ephemera, carpet remnants, you name it—that I think will photograph well. If it’s got nice color, texture, or shape, it’s coming home with me. Styling combines my love of hunting and collecting and organizing and then thinking about ways of arranging those collected objects within a visual frame.

What were your favorite snacks as kids?
MM: After-school slices of salami at my grandma’s house, pepperoni rolls, pizzelles, apple juice.
KM: I had a phase in middle school where I ate a huge bowl (like 5 scoops, no joke) of Breyer’s chocolate ice cream with sliced banana and a can of sprite everyday as soon as I got home. I also ate a lot of clementines.

How about as adults?
MM: Cheese and crackers, anything pickled, olives, kettle chips, corn nuts.
KM: Chocolate — I have a problem.

Photos by Kelsey Mcclellan
Styling by Michelle Maguire

I have to know: what’s the next project from you two? What else is left to explore on fringe world of food styling?
MM: We’re going to keep moving with Wardrobe Snacks, shooting a few more pieces this summer to round out the series while continuing to push its prints, and maybe eventually try to have a show somewhere. Would love to see them big! And a few commissions are happening that we’re excited about. •

 

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Penzone shares: what to expect with salons

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With the closing of Hair Salons on March 18th, buzz cuts and bowl cuts have made an appearance on the heads of Ohioans, young and old. Luckily for those desperate for a do, Dewine has announced that hair salons may begin to reopen on May 15th. To guide us through the transition, I spoke with Debbie Penzone, President and CEO of Penzone Salons, about serving on the Governor's salon advisory board, dealing with the business effect of the virus, and what we can expect from hair salons moving forward. 

I understand that you served as the chair of the Governor's committee board regarding reopening salons. What did you do in that role? 

On the committee, my role was pulling from my experience as a cosmetologist and business owner to assemble a group of individuals that represent our business in Ohio. We had everyone from 10 person salons to one person barbershops. braiding salons and nail salons, to schools and three health commissioners. From there, the job was building an agenda and listening to members while consulting health professionals on how to expand upon existing sanitation guidelines.  The Ohio State Board of Cosmetology has been enforcing for years. Beyond that, it was a lot of keeping time, guiding the conversations, gathering information and reporting it.  We also wanted to build plans if something did happen in a salon, and make sure that everyone could abide by these practices so we can remain safe and open.

In what ways has the virus caused you to rethink the way salons will function moving forward?

One of the things we did was go through a COVID specific certification process with Barbicide, which produces a lot of the sanitation products already used in salons and barber shops. A lot of people don’t realize that in the Ohio Administrative Code, there are very specific sanitation guidelines that you have to follow when you get your license, and there is a major component of constantly learning new sanitation practices all the time. The main difference you’ll see is us taking that sanitation to the next level: social distancing between booths, or barriers put in place, as well as reduced capacities in many salons. There will be more emphasis on reducing contact points and sanitizing things like doorknobs and counters as well. The biggest change will be the way we interact with our clients. We're a very emotional industry. We’re huggers, and we’re very close with the people we work with. Our clients are like family to us, so having to distance ourselves and not engage in that way will be different. 

What has been the greatest challenge to overcome over the past months? 

It’s really been adapting to the constant change we're all facing. We might spend all this energy sharing with our team new knowledge, but the next week it will change again. It’s been difficult to coordinate and continue to train everyone and update them with the new practices, as well as provide support for them while we're all distanced from each other. We're all scared right now, and it’s important to not lose our community so we can give each other confidence in the direction we’re heading in.

What have you witnessed over the past few months that gave you hope?

The biggest hope for me was serving on this committee. I’ve always felt so strong about our industry, so bringing so many people together and supporting one another during this difficult time. This whole thing has really brought us together as an industry, and shown that we can work together to support each other and raise each other up. There's enough clients for everybody, and it’s beautiful to see the incredible diversity of salons and see us all coming together to work with one another.

Are you worried about customers returning?

We’ve opened our booking today, but were not opening on the 15th, because we want to have a few days to go over the new procedures with our teams before we start to bring clients in. Every salon will only be operating at 50% capacity, and then we’re extending the hours to make sure everyone has the same hours they used to, and some of them are already booked out to July.

What would you say to ease the concerns of customers?

Really that we’re regulated by the state board and have so many sanitation practices in place. We have printouts posted showing the guidelines for clients that come to the stores, and for those who are high-risk, we are opening up early so they can be the first people to come in right after the salon is sanitized. What's important to remember about salons is that the regulators randomly check our spaces to make sure we're complying, and as we build on regulations, these checks are going to be taken to the next level. 

As a hairstylist, do you see any hairstyle trends emerging from this?

I definitely think there's gonna be a boom for bobs and pixie cuts, ‘cause people are just done. Maybe some bold colors, because everyone just wants to come out and say, “I’m back, baby.” Maybe just a little more attitude with the cuts people are getting.



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Mask on: Local businesses offering fashionable, functional face masks

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Since their debut last week, our stylish face masks (made with care by an enterprising mother/daughter duo in Lewis Center) have been flying off the digital shelves in our online store. Since 100% of the sales of these masks benefits Service!, a relief effort working to eliminate hunger among restaurant industry workers and families, your purchases have made a real difference while doing your part to maintain personal and public health. [EDIT: As of April 28, we're all sold out of masks. So far, 614NOW readers have raised $2,080 for Service!]

As we prepare for the reopening of some public spaces next month, face masks are sure to remain a common sight. It comes as no surprise that some of Columbus' top brands have joined the mask game, providing their own lines of stylish and functional PPE for this strange new age we're all living in.

Homage, the city's homegrown fashion leader, has repurposed the famously soft materials used to produce its t-shirts into a nifty 3-layer mask, available for purchase on its online store.

Retailing at $9.00/per individual mask, 3 masks for for $24, or 5 for $35, one dollar from every Homage mask purchased will go to 100kmasksforohio.org.

Likewise, Columbus-based retailer Where I'm From has produced their own line of cloth masks. Comfortable, machine-washable, and 100% made in the USA, Where I'm From's masks are made of a tri-blend material. Check these out in a variety of colors at the company's online store.

Not to be outdone, Seventh Son Brewing has partnered with Positive Negative Press on their own line of functional branded masks. These masks, available in three attractive styles, are provided as a free gift to anyone who places a delivery order with Seventh Son this week (while supplies last).

Heard of any other good masks you think we should know about? Whether they're supporting a cause, or just in it for the #fashion, give your favorite purveyors of face-worn couture a shout out in the comments.

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Columbus native to appear on premiere of ‘Making the Cut’

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Series debuts tonight, March 27 on Amazon Prime

Kent State School of Fashion alumni, Joshua Hupper and Will Riddle, will both be featured contestants on the new series hosted and produced by fashion gurus, Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn. Hupper, a 2004 alumnus, and Riddle, a 2013 alumnus, both majored in fashion design and have had significant roles in the industry since graduating. They were two of just 12 contestants from all over the globe to be featured on the 10-episode series.

Since graduating in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree, Hupper resides in Shanghai, China, where he founded the brand BABYGHOST, a successful e-commerce fashion brand based in China. His designs have been featured in Vogue and on runways around the world. His line features youthful, feminine ready-to-wear fashions for the “mischievous girl.” Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Hupper’s talents were shaped by his artistic upbringing and his past experiences in internships with Diane Von Furstenburg and Thakoon.

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