If you have seen any of the OutKast videos, you've probably seen Fonzworth Bently...I know his real name but I'll hold off on telling it.
I ran into him at a men's store in Beverly Hills several months back where he was having shirts made to measure.
He had on a bit of a baggy fitting Ralph Lauren striped sport shirt while being measured... The tailor (really a made to measure measurer) told Fonzworth that the sport shirt fit him pretty well.
I was aghast. After a few minutes I got into a bit of a conversation with Fonzworth and told him how back in the old days Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly had their shirts custom made and they were fitted. They had fit bodies and did not need the extra material to help out with a big gut when they sat down. Bottom line he needed a fitted shirt not a baggy one. The tailor came back and Fonzworth insisted on a more fitted look.
He's a real snazzy dresser and I was pretty excited when he asked me for my number because he liked MY style.
His signature in the videos is his umbrella which harkens back to a gentleman style of the past.
My phone unfortunately croaked soon after and I lost his number. I have it on a card somewhere. He was interested when I told him about the lounge and just wanted to find out more from me regarding mens fashion of the 30's and 40's.
Joseph C. Brandstetter