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What the Team at Meatpacking Boutique Owen Wears to Work

Welcome to Working It, where Racked follows street style into the office. Forget pedestrian khakis and button-downs—these fashionable professionals take dress codes to a whole new dimension. Quick, somebody call HR!

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Welcome to Working It, where Racked follows street style into the office. Forget pedestrian khakis and button-downs—these fashionable professionals take dress codes to a whole new dimension. Quick, somebody call HR!

When Phillip Salem opened his Meatpacking District shop Owen back in 2012, he made it his mission to treat every shopper that walked in like she (or he) was Beyonce. He meant it in a customer service way, but the clothes that fill the paper-bag-lined boutique—from body-con Jonathan Simkhai separates to cut-out Cushnie et Ochs dresses—would look right at home on the pop star.

We stopped by recently to see what Phillip and his team wear for a typical day of organizing the racks, filling e-commerce orders, and assisting customers. Get ready for perfectly-distressed denim, in-your-face jewelry, and lots of leather.

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Euginia Barrows, Key Holder and Stylist, is wearing a Jonathan Simkhai puzzle piece skirt ($545), a Jonathan Simkhai puzzle piece sweatshirt ($535), a Paula Mendoza bracelet ($625), and vintage silver rings.

What item of clothing makes you feel the most like yourself?

A sick pair of jeans and a leather jacket.

What items do you splurge on? What do you cheap out on?

I splurge on jeans, shoes, and outerwear, and I cheap out on tops.

What's the best shopping advice you've ever received?

Buy what you absolutely love, because you only live once. As far as we know.

What's your uniform?

A loose-fit tee, leather jacket, jeans, booties, a fedora and hoop earrings.

What trends do you love? What trends are you sick of?

I love anything boho, and I am sick of Uggs!

Euginia holds an Owen clutch ($2,495)

Your closet's on fire! What do you save?

I'd save my jeans and jacket. Actually I'd grab as much as I could carry.

Who would you swap wardrobes with in a heartbeat?

June Ambrose.

What fashion rule do you shamelessly break?

I wear denim on denim and I love it!

Where do you draw the "too casual for work" line?

I don't like sweatpants at work—it can turn frumpy real quick.

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Phillip Salem, Owner, wears 3.1 Phillip Lim pants ($375), a Pyer Moss tee ($240), a 3.1 Phillip Lim bomber jacket ($1,950), and Jennifer Fisher bracelets ($260).

What item of clothing makes you feel most like yourself?

A nice, long, round-hem tee.

What items do you splurge on?

I always splurge on jackets and leather pants.


What's the best shopping advice you've ever received?

Don't shop with people and don't ever trust anyone's opinion. You are the one wearing it, not the people you are asking.


What's your uniform?

Black shorts, black high tops, a white tee and a clutch. I stop wearing shorts in December and begin wearing shorts again in March. I like freeing my legs!

What trends do you love? What trends are you sick of?

I will never get sick of the jumpsuit trend for girls and boys, but I am SO over Birkenstocks with socks. Not into it.

Your closet's on fire! What do you save?

My 3.1 Phillip Lim leather and neoprene sweatshirt.

Who would you swap wardrobes with in a heartbeat?

Jared Leto, has so many killer items especially leather jackets and great jewelry.

What was your worst fashion faux pas?

Probably wearing suspenders with t-shirts and jeans my freshman year of college. It was not a cute moment at all.

What fashion rule do you shamelessly break?

Shorts when it's snowing. If I am comfy, let me be comfy! Also, I love wearing really nice high tops to weddings...if you want me to dance, I won't be doing it in sock-showing loafers.

Where do you draw the "too casual for work" line?

Rubber flip flops at work is the ultimate no no. And if you are wearing flip flops of any nature, please groom your feet and nails.

What's your most regrettable purchase?

This ridiculously expensive cologne in Paris...I thought it smelled good, walked out of the store and wanted to run into a shower. I went to a skincare store across the street and was literally taking a shower in their sink.

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Jessica Eusebe, Manager, wears an Acne leather jacket ($1,750), Mother jeans ($195), and an A.L.C. sweater ($416.50).

What item of clothing makes you feel most like yourself?

I feel most comfortable in jeans! I'm a lady, but I don't like to have to ALWAYS cross my legs. Wearing jeans gives me the capability to sit however I want.


What items do you splurge on? What do you cheap out on?

I splurge on jewelry. I cheap out on shoes. Converse, Aldo, or Jeffrey Campell works for me. But jewelry...is a different story.

What's the best shopping advice you've ever received?

I love when I shop with my friends and they say, "Do you need it?" I mean, it's advice in the form of a question. If you don't need it, don't get it.

What's your uniform?

A leather jacket, a t-shirt, and jeans with either booties or Converse. (And I'm out the dough!)

What trends do you love? What trends are you sick of?

I am dying for the bell bottom/flared trouser look, with a beautiful wide-brimmed chapeau. I'm sick of crop tops and skirts. (But deep down, a girl can't help it! They're cute, and so easy to wear.)

Who would you swap wardrobes with in a heartbeat?

RIH RIH! Gimme, gimme.

What was your worst fashion faux pas?

I used to wear chains on my jeans, like a biker.

What fashion rule do you shamelessly break?

Don't wear white after Labor Day.

Where do you draw the "too casual for work" line?

Sweats and Nike athletic sneakers. No siree. That's New York Sports Club attire.

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Thamy Nunez, E-commerce Director, is wearing Mother jeans ($196), an Acne tee ($115), Dylanlex necklaces, and an IRO leather jacket ($1,295).

What item of clothing makes you feel most like yourself?

Black jeans.

What's the best shopping advice you've ever received?

Nothing haunts you more than the things you didn't buy.

What's your uniform?

Black jeans, boots and gold rings.

What trends do you love? What trends are you sick of?

I love the trend towards neutral colors, and pencil skirts with the crop tops. I also really love the white-all-year-round trend. I'm ready for bell bottoms to go away and never come back.

Your closet's on fire! What would you save?

Jewelry and leather goods. Farewell to everything else!

Who would you swap wardrobes with in a heartbeat?

Drew Ginsburg, the designer of Dylanlex.

What was your worst fashion faux pas?

I wore ankle-length leggings under my dresses and silver or gold flats for entire summer.

What fashion rule do you shamelessly break?

Mixing metals—my gold rings go with everything.

Most regrettable purchase?

A pair of pricey, purple wedge heels. To this day, they are sitting in my closet unworn.

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