By: Michelle Rizzi
Photos by: Aaron Austin
We know you’ve seen Frank Body, the brown, gritty coffee scrub covering bloggers, models, and It-girls from head to toe all over Instagram. You have Jess Hatzis, co-founder of the cult brand, to thank for that. Hailing from Down Under, the Melbourne-born and based Jess is the epitome of effortlessly cool. She often pairs things you don’t think would typically work well together, like a bright blue fur coat with navy and red track pants topped with a floppy hat, evoking a free-spirited approach to getting dressed. But, when it comes to her closet, Jess’s philosophy is to invest in classic pieces, and know what works for her body. And in terms of style icons? That all depends on her mood. “I love women who have a bit of fun,” she says. Read on to find out exactly who they are, her thoughts on trends, and more.
JESS HATZIS | STYLE-LIST
Where did it all start?
What is your favorite city and neighborhood?
I have so many, that’s it’s hard to choose just one! I love my home in South Yarra, near Melbourne; New York City’s West Village, which is like my second home; and Montmartre in Paris, the most romantic city in the world.
What is your favorite hotel?
My favorite hotel ever is the Pretty Beach House in New South Wales, Australia. There’s only four rooms, and so incredible, and intimate.
Your favorite restaurant and dish?
Cafe Cocina, an old institution in South Yarra, that’s about a five minute walk from my house. It’s dark and romantic, and all the waiters are Italian. The seafood linguine is my favorite dish.
I had a lot of fun at Vonn and Bar Belly, the last time I was in New York City’s East Village.
Favorite vacation location?
Tulum, Mexico. The sand is so white and the water is crystal blue.
Favorite surf spot / board?
I’d be very un-Australian if I didn’t give surfing a go. I love Torquay, in Victoria, Australia. I ride whatever I can get my hands on, but surprisingly, I don’t agree that riding a longboard is easier than a shortboard — they’re so much easier to maneuver.
Favorite duffel or suitcase?
A lightweight Samsonite.
Favorite jean brand?
I discovered the denim brand Ayr on my last trip to New York, and fell in love with them. I also wear a lot of 3×1 and Citizens of Humanity.
Essential wardrobe item?
Good black boots by Alexander Wang — I’ve had them for years, and they go with everything.
Favorite time of year?
Fall is a nice relief after the incredible heat during Australian summers. And, the weather is more predictable; no matter where you go in the world, fall is always lovely.
Who are your style icons?
Alexa Chung has been a staple of mine for a really long time, even though I don’t actually dress like her at all. Victoria Beckham has the best style in the world, and always looks so polished.
Personal style tip for others?
Invest in classic pieces that aren’t trend driven, find your own style, and learn what fits your body shape.
When I’m home, my favorite hairdresser is Sarah Caporale in Prahran. She does the best color, the best cut, and the best blow out. Whenever I’m in the States, I always go to Drybar. There’s one everywhere, and so easy to book.
Coffee or tea?
Coffee and espressos all the way.
Favorite shoe maker?
A lot of my shoes are by Alexander Wang, Acne, and Celine, but I get a lot of really fun pieces from Zara and Topshop.
A late-1960s green convertible E-series Jaguar. One day, when I’m 80, I’ll have enough money to buy one.
Favorite watch / watch brand?
I have a few watches, but don’t usually wear them. They sit on my shelf. I don’t wear a lot of accessories, but when I do, I’ll put them on, and take them all off by the end of the day.
Essential gadget you can’t live without?
My iPhone, and Bang and Olufsen speakers.
Your favorite book?
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. I’ve read it maybe four or five times. It’s a really easy, relatively short, read but it’s a great book. I also loved The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.
Favorite song or album?
Anything by Neil Young is generally my favorite.
I personally support Amnesty International. At Frank Body, we work with Charity Water and Pink Hope. I like the transparency of what they do.
That’s a tough one. I love artists of all different scales. But, there’s something very mesmerizing by Jackson Pollack’s work.