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Lawyer John Faricy pairs philanthropy with style at the Polo Classic

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The Look: Brooks Brothers seersucker suit, $498, shirt, $92, bowtie, $60, and pocket square, $45, all @ Brooks Brothers. Gucci shoes, Faricy’s own. 

Styling by Jahna Peloquin, photo by TJ Turner

The polo classic has been on the social calendars of stylish Minnesotans for more than two decades. Held on every August at Maple Plain’s Twin City Polo Club, the event is one part polo match, one part social mixer, and one part fundraiser for local nonprofits. (This year’s 27th annual event benefits the American Heart Association.) It’s also a great excuse for guys to don a seersucker suit and bowtie and for ladies to put on a sundress and wide-brimmed hat. 

John Faricy has long served as something of an unofficial mascot for the Polo Classic. His company, Faricy Law Firm, has been sponsoring a VIP tent at the event for, well, as long as he can remember (at least 20 years). The bespectacled lawyer has been known to hold court in his fully catered tent, clad in one of the several seersucker suits in his wardrobe.

Faricy’s charity work goes beyond the Polo Classic. He’s been on a number of boards for Twin Cities nonprofits over the years, including the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, on which he currently serves. His legal work also has a philanthropic bent, as his firm specializes in helping individuals and businesses to sue insurance companies that refuse to pay for a claim. For example, he’s represented, pro bono, a family of Ghanian immigrants whose home on the north side was damaged in a fire. “It may not be the biggest claim in the world,” he says, “but we might take it just to make a point. Part of the reason for insurance is to protect the public, so we think of what we do as something of a public service.” 

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Bring on the stripes, checks, and dots: Mixing patterns takes confidence, but it creates a bold, sophisticated look.

Photo by TJ Turner

He counts the Minneapolis Club—located blocks from his law office in downtown Minneapolis—as his “second home,” and he can frequently be spotted there enjoying a glass of wine with some of the younger club members. “They’re the future of the club,” he says of the club’s next generation. “It has to evolve if it’s going to last.” 

Faricy’s warm and laid back demeanor is reflected in the cozy, eclectic design of his living spaces. He splits his time between his St. Paul home, condo in San Francisco, and  apartment in New York City, all of which are furnished in a style he describes as “maximal minimalist” and “old things and new things put together.” Favorite pieces include a series of original furniture sketches by architect Ralph Rapson and an Art Deco–inspired bar cabinet handmade by local furniture maker Henry Linder, which wound up on the cover of a woodworking design book. (“I thought, That was a smart purchase!” he quips.) His prized art collection includes works primarily by local artists such as Philip Barber, and a mural by the late interior design Stuart Huffman, who was a close friend.

When asked for advice on what to wear to the Polo Classic, Faricy suggests linen and seersucker suits, or a blue or white blazer for men, well-tailored dresses in light fabrics for women, and hats for all. But there are no hard-and-fast rules—“I’ve even had guests show up in spats,” he says. But most importantly, he says not to overthink it. “It’s one of those charity events that’s actually a lot of fun and not stuffy,” he says. Case in point: One year it rained so much that the polo match was canceled, but the party went on without a hitch. “It was so muddy, and everyone was covered in dirt,” he recalls. “But it may have been one of the best Polo Classics ever, because we made the most of it.”

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John Faricy (far right) and his well-dressed friends at the Polo Classic

Photo by Stephanie Lake

John Faricy’s Style Crib Sheet

On his favorite designers: “Thom Browne is my current favorite,” he says. “It’s a brand that doesn’t take itself too seriously, it’s fun to wear, and everything goes with everything else.” Before that, he “went through a Tom Ford for Gucci phase and then a Marc Jacobs phase.” 

On his personal style: “It’s traditional and dapper, but a little subversive,” he says. “I’m definitely not a minimalist.” 

On his go-to shops: His regular haunts include Brooks Brothers, Martin Patrick 3, and BlackBlue—located just down the street from his St. Paul condo.