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Style-Setter and Los Feliz Resident Brian McGrory Reveals His Go-Tos

Laura Eckstein Jones | October 9, 2019 | People


“The Scots are very fashion conscious, so it’s always been part of my DNA,” says Scottish style-setter Brian McGrory, who serves as creative director and general manager of Villa Carlotta. “Guests love the history and soul, but moreover love the privacy and serene atmosphere,” he explains of the storied long-term-stay residence in Hollywood that recently revealed a pool, pool house and gym with Peloton bikes. McGrory’s dressing style—“My go-to outfit is brown cords, Dior cowboy boots and a Bottega trucker jacket,” he says—is in line with his laid-back, warm personality, a trait that’s garnered him the nickname “Pied Piper.” “After all those years of building up a community and client base, people trust your vision and taste level, and therefore follow what you create,” he explains.

1. “I’m a ‘less is a more’ kind of guy and find that this watch works with jeans and T-shirt by day and a tuxedo during award season at night!” Oyster Perpetual Explorer in Oystersteel, $6,550, by Rolex at Gearys, Beverly Hills,;


2. “I love tequila, and this is one of my favorites. It shows a classic but complex aroma of baked pineapple, fresh jalapeno and blast of sea salt minerality.” Tequila Blanco, $40, by Volcan at Mel & Rose,;

3. “This incredible serum smooths lines, firms skin, reduces redness and improves uneven skin tone.” C & E Times Three Serum, $65,

4. “Listening to music during my morning workouts is the ultimate “me” time before getting to Villa Carlotta.” Beoplay H9 headphones, $500, Bang & Olufsen, Westfield Century City, bang-‌

5. “We’re renovating our home in Los Feliz and fixtures from Apparatus are a go-to.” Traid 3 light in brass, $2,800, Hollywood,


6. “I’ve been an Asprey aficionado since living in London, and my motto is ‘have shaker, will travel.’” Rocket cocktail shaker in sterling silver with red enamel detail, $12,150, by Asprey in The Beverly Hills Hotel;

7. “My staple shoes—I have them in all colors.” Pointed cowboy boots, $1,025, by Saint Laurent at

8. “This keeps my skin superdewy and glowy.” Super anti-aging serum, $350, by Dr. Barbara Sturm at Violet Grey, Melrose Place, violetgrey.‌com

9. “My favorite print is the large oversize photo of Christy Turlington by my husband, photographer James Houston.”


10. “This is my quintessential wardrobe staple.” Cropped biker jacket, $4,900, by Bottega Veneta at

Photography by: portrait and christy turlington print by james houston | shot on
location at villa carlotta; product images courtesy of brands