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November 19, 2013

The Taste Makers

These days, well-dressed can describe both what you make out of a closet and inside a kitchen. As foodie-ism has come into fashion, the fashionable set has flocked to the world of food. Meet eight women making their way at the intersection of sustenance and style. Fashion Editor: Ashley Furnival

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of David Schulze

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ROBYN WILSON
32, LAKELAND, FL

The Sweet Tooth

WHAT SHE DOES: Beignet-maker and cofounder of coffee stand The Poor Porker.

DAILY UNIFORM: Overalls, a white V-neck tee, and vintage leather work boots from the '50s.

FASHION CRED: Wilson grew up in Hawaii, where she worked as a fit and runway model for a local department store in high school. Today she designs denim and leather aprons to sell at her popular Florida coffee stand, The Poor Porker. She's inspired by indigo-dyed Japanese boro fabrics. "They took so much pride in their work," she says of the craftsmen who made them.

FOOD FORAY: Wilson and her boyfriend, Jarrid Masse, who met as cooks on the set of the short-lived TV show Marcel's Quantum Kitchen, found themselves living in Los Angeles with $300 in the bank. "We wanted to combine our love of food, fashion, and design, but didn't know how with no money. Then it struck us: What could be cheaper than fried dough?" Armed with a cast-iron pot, a thermometer, and a vegan dough recipe, the couple moved to Masse's hometown in Florida, where they built The Poor Porker out of salvaged materials. Today, customers line up for hours on Saturdays for the couple's artisanal beignets and hand-smoked chicory coffee (also a New Orleans thing). "We call it 'Operation: Make It Work,'" says Wilson.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE: Vintage is as good an investment in the kitchen as in the closet. Wilson's favorite rolling pin is from Goodwill. "It's a beautiful wooden one from the '40s with hand-painted handles. Obviously someone's grandma made loads of things with it. Nothing rolls dough better."


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