Titus Fauntleroy stands behind a slew of cappuccino-sipping customers at Lux Central. Like clockwork, the very fashionable bartender makes his rounds through the central Phoenix coffeebar.
When he's not at Lux or hanging out in downtown Phoenix, you can find Fauntleroy suited up at Scottsdale's Hub Clothing, where he also works (and purchases most of his fashion finds), or at a modeling gig. He describes his wardrobe as influenced by music and comfort, and coordinates his apparel to work with any situation.
What are you wearing right now? A Kai aakmann blue trench coat, Kai aakmann white dress shirt, black grim Tim nudie jeans, Mr. B's golden brown wingtip boots, topman gold watch and a black falling whistle. Mostly all from my favorite store Hub Clothing.
What's the last item of clothing you purchased? A Pendleton Umbrella
What sort of fashion do you create? I make my own infinity scarves. They are easy to make and make a simple outfit a tad bit chic.
What's the last thing you designed? I haven't designed anything but I have styled a few yest-shoots . I usually style guys in groups. I tend to style them in a way that it looks like they have been friends forever so they are kind of cohesive but each guy has their own pop of color, culture and attitude.
Can you tell me a little bit about your own style? My style is very eclectic. My closet is organized so that I can choose to be whoever I want to be that day or to embody my mood/ vibe I'm in. My closet is also adaptive. I like to show personality no matter what the environment whether it be a concert, camping trip or black-tie event. I also like to challenge myself to try new things and step out of my comfort zone with my wardrobe.
What's your favorite item of clothing in your closet? My favorite item in my closet would have to be my Zanerobe maroon drop-crotch pants because they can be dressed up or dressed down. They are also extremely comfortable, similar to sweatpants.
What's a fashion trend you can't stand? I don't really like the fashion trend of UGGs.
Give us a childhood memory of you and your clothes... A childhood memory of mine would be that my mom, when I was very little, would dress us up in matching outfits for family photos. There was silver outfits, African themed outfits and at the age of one I was in a three-piece all white tuxedo with matching bowtie. My mom is about matching no matter how crazy the pattern is.
What do you like to accessorize with? I like to accessorize with watches. I rarely leave the house without one. I have five different colors of a watch that I got at Smeeks. I use the watches in a way that they either match or create a pop color effect.
Name five items every woman or man should have in their closet... For women: - Comfortable neutral well fitted v-neck t-shirt - Dark pair of slim/skinny jeans - The little black dress - An oversized boyfriend sweater - Colorful flowy maxi skirt
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These items alone can create a bunch simple yet stylish outfits. They can also be complemented with a good heel or boot.
What's your piece of fashion advice for Phoenix? My advice to Phoenix would be targeted more towards men. I would say don't be afraid to take some steps out of your comfort zone. I know it's not easy but it helps you learn more about your style and peak into the styles of others. So try a new a color or fit and maybe even a new hairstyle. The important thing to remember is that confidence will always be your best accessory. Own the look.
Note: This article has been updated.