October 25, 2012 by
Photography by Scott Drickey

Coco Chanel said, “A girl should be two things; classy and fabulous.” Patricia Stevens-Kopf lives by this advice, made famous by the style icon.

Stevens-Kopf dons a white lab coat every day for work as medical director at the VCA Animal Medical Center, where she’s worked for 36 years—“Working makes life so much more interesting”—but when not caring for pooches, pussycats, and other, more exotic pets, she’s often found sporting a lot of basic black. “Boring by itself, but simple enough to wear with a fabulous, brightly colored cashmere cardigan or a zip-front hoodie. I like the casual feel of a hoodie with a tailored pencil skirt and a simple shell. I also want to be comfortable, and I like the layered look,” Kopf explains.

The doctor also has an affinity for aqua, which she describes as “the color of the Caribbean,” one of her favorite travel destinations. “I love snorkeling,” she adds.

Shopping Stevens-Kopf’s closet, one mostly finds classic pieces from Ralph Lauren, J Crew, and Etc., as well as pumps, peep-toes and other fun finds from shoe shops Pattini and The Mix, both in Countryside Village. But a handbag is quite often her statement accessory. “I have collected Louis Vuitton for a long time…My first bag came from Paris where they have been made since 1854,” she said. “They are timeless, functional, and lightweight.”

Though she appreciates fine fashion and collecting vintage bags, make no mistake…This vibrant woman knows what’s most important to her. “The things that money cannot buy: the sand and the sea, fun friends, the unconditional love of a pet, a wonderful daughter, and a husband who is my soulmate.”

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