Spa Manager at Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa
Written and styled by Tracy James
Photography by Chuck St. John
“He has a cult following,” says Rick Smith, general manager of Renaissance Ross Bridge, of the resort’s wonder boy, spa manager Taylor Fields. And no wonder. Gracious and good-looking, Fields has been with the luxury property for more than seven years, working his way up to his current position as the department head over the spa, salon, and retail outlets within the resort. The spa has shown growth each year under Fields’s operation and has received numerous awards, including being named a top spa by Traveler Magazine. Considering Fields’s tenure, then looking at his apparent jeunesse—the smooth tan skin, perfect hair, white teeth—one might think there’s a fountain of youth hidden in the spa. But in reality, Fields is only 24 years old and just started climbing the ladder straight out of Hoover High School. Cult following…where do I sign?
As an ambassador of the health and wellness industry, looking the part is key. For Fields, that involves not only his clothing choices but also goes skin deep; he takes care of himself from the inside out. He holds a firm belief that the way one presents oneself determines one’s success.
Fields favors classic pieces and brands that rarely go out of style, paired with items that offer a little edge without being overly trendy. He likens his personal style to the company for which he works. “The Renaissance hotel brand is classic with a trendy edge, offering unexpected luxuries and driven by local inspiration,” he explains.
He adds that his style has dramatically changed since he made the transition from being in school to entering the professional world. Because he is in business attire the majority of time, his style has become versatile enough to look polished for work, but able to easily be dressed down with jeans for after hours. Sticking to clean lines makes this possible.
If he has a signature brand, it is no doubt Burberry, the dapper British line founded in 1856. In particular, Fields is a fan of the Burberry Brit line within the brand, which features a modern fit, iconic prints, and premium denim. “Bad denim” is a style pet peeve of Fields’s: “Jeans can make or break your look. If you invest money into a good pair of jeans, they will last, I promise!” To avoid buyer’s remorse, Fields says he endeavors to only purchase items he feels he cannot leave the store without. “I can usually walk into a store and eyeball items very quickly,” he says. “If something jumps out at me, I claim it.” More often than not, if there is remorse, it is over not snapping up something, such as the Billy Reid calfskin jacket he tried on a while back at Shaia’s. “When I tried on the jacket, it seemed as if it was made for me! I regret not getting this piece and am going to find it one day,” he says.
In addition to Burberry and Billy Reid, other favored brands include Vince, Tom Ford, John Varvatos, Citizens of Humanity and AG jeans and pants, Donald J. Pliner shoes, Frye boots, Andrew Marc outerwear, and David Yurman accessories. Fields finds his favorites in town at Saks Fifth Avenue and Baer’s Den, then when traveling at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, and boutiques unique to his destinations.
While “man grooming” has become mainstream, as a health and wellness professional, Fields has of course been an expert for awhile and has quite the regime. He admits that he is frequently told, “Well you’re young, no wonder your skin looks good,” but he insists that would not be the case if he wasn’t taking great care of himself with high quality products. “Even if I don’t have wrinkles, preventative care is everything,” he says. “I am constantly using something to prevent and protect my skin, especially since I like to get out in the sun.” So what are Fields’s go-tos?
•Skin care: Skin Authority MAN kit (cleanser, toner, moisturizer), reviving eye brightener, dramatic eye lift, wrinkle reversing serum with SGF4 technology (derived from four natural skin growth factors, developed to target and reprogram the aging process of skin cells.)
•Hair product: Aveda Men’s Grooming Clay (Fields uses daily “panics” when he runs out. “It gives hair nice hold without looking wet, texture, and has a great smell,” he says. “I don’t have to wear a fragrance if I don’t want to when I have this hair product in.”
•Lips: Kaplan MD lip mask. “This stuff is amazing!” he raves. “Hydrates my lips like nothing I have ever tried without leaving any glossy finish.”
•Cologne: Bond No. 9 New York Oud.
As for wish list items, Fields says he would love a special edition Rolex, saying he will reward himself with one when he feels like he has finally made it in life. (Um, Taylor, how about your 25th birthday?) “I am a full believer in treating yourself every now and then,” Fields says, adding with a smile, “So I wouldn’t mind a few horses with Hermes saddles, either.”