Father’s Day Edition

Brent Thompson and daughter Lowery.

by Tracy James Robinson

Photography by Chuck St. John

Brent Thompson is an only child, as is his father. So it’s no surprise that Brent, a partner at Thompson Financial, and wife Martha, an attorney at Huie Fernanbuq & Stewart, chose to have an only child as well.

Daddy/Daughter time: playing their Taylor guitars together. On Brent: Ralph Lauren jeans, Tommy Bahama shirt, Peter Milar blazer, and Ferragamo chocolate suede loafers (not pictured). On Lowery: James Perse top, Gap jeans & tank, Henri Bendel headband and Sam Edelman silver sandals.

And what’s the best part about being an only child? The undivided attention? Not having to share? I asked daughter Lowery, age 10, this very question. “Being an only child is fun because I get to spend a lot of time with my parents.” Sounds like Mom and Dad are doing something right.

When in the presence of Brent and daughter Lowery, there is a clear closeness and mutual admiration, and both have noticeably good style. Brent’s wardrobe has a traditional vibe with elements to keep it from being stuffy, like pops of color (three pairs of pink pants) and items with easy-going construction (an unlined, unstructured blazer). Preferring to be in a suit or in jeans, Brent says he’s “not much for the in-between: the business casual or the dressy casual look.” But even when dressed down, Brent never looks sloppy. “I’m tired of cargo shorts and pants on men,” he says. “And tennis shoes are over-worn; they’re not for every occasion.” Lowery likes the fact that her dad “looks good whether dressy or casual,” and her favorite item in his closet is his purple Ferragamo shoes.

Lowery, who has had an interest in fashion as long as she can remember, aspires to be a fashion designer when she grows up. She describes her look as “glam-bohemian,” by her definition a look that mixes causal clothes with dressier elements (like Gap sequined shorts with a t-shirt and boyfriend blazer) and encompasses various patterns, textures and colors

Pretty in pink: Youth Gloss boots, Mia wedge sandals, Juicy Courture flip flops, Sam Edelman thing sandals, Converse Specialty Sparkle sneakers. Some of Lowery's favorite fashion books are stacked atop two pair of Dad's pink Ralph Lauren pants.

(although hot pink remains the favorite). She never forgets to accessorize, layering bracelets and necklaces to create her own unique look, which is Brent’s favorite signature look of his daughter.With similar thinking as her father, Lowery dislikes seeing people under-dressed or inappropriate for the occasion. And what does she think about the style of boys her own age? “Boys like to dress very casually,” Lowery says. “I don’t think ‘dressed-up’ is their favorite look.”

When it comes to inspiration, while Brent says he just buys what he likes (although he does admit to reading GQ and Esquire magazines), Lowery looks to her trendsetting grandmother and mother for inspiration, along with Taylor Swift, of course. An avid reader, she also studies Teen Vogue and People Style Watch. Father and daughter share a respect for designer Ralph Lauren, with Lowery also favoring Lauren’s daughter, Dylan. “Her wedding and dress were so neat,” Lowery says of the Dylan’s Candy Bar owner’s nuptials.

Lowery's stylish grandmother, Lana Thompson, brought these limited edition Barbies from NYC. Left, Rockette Barbie. Right, "Dolly Forever" by Christian Louboutin, complete with Forever Tina fringed boots as well as three other pairs of red-soled Louboutins, each with their own shoe box and bag.

Shopping might take Brent to Shaia’s, Mobley & Sons or Tommy Bahama, and Lowery to Snap Kids, Juicy Couture or Soca Girl. Lowery even celebrated her ninth birthday at Soca Girl.

Brent's not afraid of color, even purple, and his Ferragamo suede loafers are a definite fashion statement. Banana Republic shirt, Brooks Brother tie, Firenze suede belt.

As for lessons learned over the years, Brent says he has learned that “quality is more important that quantity, and you get what you pay for.” Lowery says she has learned to appreciate her individual style. The fact that Lowery can not only identify her individual style at age 10, but also embraces it, proves she is wise beyond her years.

Lowery's denim collection includes various styles, colors and brands, including J.Brand, Gap and J.Crew.

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