Garbarini Buyer & Stylist Timothy Rollins

Our series Talk Shop is a career and style profile featuring personalities from various industries. They are shot on location in Cherry Creek wearing clothing from stores in the area. Editor in Chief ESTHER LEE LEACH interviews Garbarini Buyer & Stylist Timothy Rollins. We spoke to Timothy about his role in the new marketing campaign for Cherry Creek North, photographed by Jeff Nelson.



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Esther Lee Leach: You are well known in the Cherry Creek area for being the go-to stylist. When did you join the industry and how long have you been at Garbarini?

Timothy Rollins: I have been involved in the fashion industry in some form or another since my early 20’s and 30 years later I still have a passion and curiosity for all things aesthetic. My current journey at Garbarini started in April of ‘99 and I’ve watched our progress and we have stayed true to what’s kept the owner’s vision enduring for 30 plus years now.   

ELL: This is a question that I get asked a lot as the Editor of Cherry Creek Fashion. How would you describe the “Cherry Creek Style”? What makes this area such a special place for fashion?

TR: As far as the “Cherry Creek” style - I believe it’s not so much a style as it is a place to find some of the best shopping to create one’s own interpretation of the style. Whether I’m working with a client in Cherry Creek, RINO, Greenwood Village or Hilltop the request is usually “A cute blouse and jeans”! So I think that Cherry Creek is positioned in an amazing part of town that has stayed on the fast track of fashion, design, and art that allows me to expand on that basic look. 

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ELL: You are one of the stars of the new Cherry Creek North BID marketing campaign, photographed by the amazing Jeff Nelson. Tell us more about how this all came together and your experience on set.

TR: My experience on the Cherry Creek North BID campaign was perfect. I’ve done a lot of print shoots and fashion campaigns, and have to say that Jeff Nelson and this crew were the very definitions of professional. As far as being picked for this campaign Jeff and I have worked together in the past and he reached out to me about taking part; if he’s involved I’m always game. 

ELL: How has the area changed in the many years that you have been here?

TR: I remember when Cherry Creek North was a pretty sleepy place to hang out at the time, then the mall opened. I worked at Neiman Marcus, Banana Republic, and Ralph Lauren. Cherry Creek North was in the mall’s shadow for years. Then slowly a few local boutiques, including the local iconic shop MAX, were either fed up with being in the mall or couldn’t afford the rent so they started moving into Cherry Creek north along with a few local restaurants; people started to take notice. 

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ELL: What are some of your favorite places in Cherry Creek to visit when you are not making others look beautiful?

TR: I have a few haunts that I enjoy. I am a staunch foodie and in the kitchen quite a bit so the places I like tend to be restaurants! I love Hillstone, Pasta Pasta Pasta, Aviano, Matsuhisa, and Quality Italian. Also, Paper Source is my absolute favorite when shopping for handmade wrapping paper & ribbon. I take my gift prep seriously, aesthetics shouldn’t be limited to just fashion. And I believe we all know that Suit Supply is my church, although my shopping territory is vast and transcends all price points. 

ELL: We need your style advice! What should we be wearing now for Fall/Winter? What are your three favorite trends of the season?

TR: I get asked about the trends daily considering my position and longevity in this business. My answer is always the same; you can follow or pick a trend and touch on it lightly. But be your own trendsetter!

Timothy Rollins: @garbarinishop

Photography: @jeffnelsonphoto

Interview: @estherleeleach

Agency: @karshhagan

Cherry Creek North: @cherrycreeknorth