Nico Cruz has always been passionate about graphic design and fashion. In high school he participated in a FCCLA competition for fashion students from schools around the valley. The prize was a scholarship to FIDM, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. Nico Cruz won.
Earlier this year Cruz graduated from the Graphic Design/Branding program at FIDM in L.A.. Since graduating he has moved back to Arizona and dedicated tons of time and energy into starting up a clothing label. "I wanted to establish my brand PottyMouff in the heart of Arizona since L.A. and other fashion capitals usually get the first piece of the pie!" he says.
PottyMouff is inspired by the 70's punk rock scene, abstract and contemporary art, horror films and as he puts it, "lifestyles of the broke and famous." The first line of PottyMouff apparel includes a variety of graphic tees for ladies and gents.
Cruz describes his personal style as outlandish. So we asked him, "What are you wearing right now?" Find out the answer to that question and many more, after the jump...
What are you wearing right now?
Starting from top to bottom. Black Wayfarer sunglasses, my one-inch zombie gauge in my left ear and my 1/2-inch Skull gauge in my right ear. Yes, my ears are uneven so bear with me. A PottyMouff "TAKE OVER" black tee, a leather jacket decked out in silver studs, faded black jeans with shredded holes in the knee, a black studded belt, and of course, my filthy companions a.k.a orange authentic Vans.
What's the last item of clothing you bought?
An "Aaahh!!! Real Monsters" tee from Hot Topic.
What is the item of clothing you most covet at the moment?
Now that it's finally starting to get colder I would die without my leather jacket!
Give us a childhood memory of you and your clothes...
My best friends and I were always cooped up in the house and we used to get really creative. We would collect cereal boxes and make backpacks out of them with shoestrings! We truly thought we were the coolest with cereal boxes on our backs...And yes, they were EMPTY!
Name five items every man should have in his closet ...
1. Vans Authentic shoes (the filthier, the better)
2. Vintage graphic tees
3. Denim or leather jacket (or vest)
4. Faded black jeans
5. Black wayfarer-style sunglasses, duh.
Name an item of clothing that's best when it's vintage:
A cheap leather/jean jacket to decorate in silver studs or spikes is my kind of jackpot!
Name an item of clothing you should NEVER buy used:
UNDERGARMENTS! Need I say more?
What's your one piece of fashion advice for Phoenix?
Find a style that best represents YOU and wear it with confidence!
Visit the PottyMouff blog to stay up to date on Cruz and the PottyMouff label.