Fonzworth Bentley stays sharper than a preacher on Sunday morning. Way before he started hosting MTV's "From G's to Gents," Atlanta native Bent became a fashion and manners guru, styling a bevy of celebs and releasing his own etiquette book, "Advance Your Swagger: How to Use Manners, Confidence, and Style to Get Ahead." The Fonz, born Derek Watkins, insists you shouldn't be fooled by his gentlemanly demeanor — he still knows the 'hood! Here Mr. Bentley switches it up; instead of telling you all the high-end places to go clothes-shopping in the A, he runs down some of the 'hood favorites.
"You got Walter's, which got all your sneakers and fitted caps, etc. ... South Dekalb Mall — the whole mall in general you need to keep your eyes peeled for. Hairstyles, flame, ringtones and any underground music that's about to break ... you'll find all the above, basically. So all of them stores in South Dekalb Mall — the whole mall is bumping — but USA Boutique, specifically, you need to go.
"The thing about Atlanta is that people stay in different areas when they come — friends of mine just went down there and they was staying in Sandy Springs. So you need to go to the West End, you need to go to Accent — that's the 'hood spot to go to at the West End Mall. At Greenbriar Mall, you need to go to Trends. Trends has all 'hood stuff and exclusive stuff. You might find some high-end 'hood, like some Sean John.
"Then, if you downtown, you need to go to Underground, the Balboa — that's all 'hood sh--. And then BTLR — that's just everywhere, they're all over the place. They downtown, they South Dekalb, I think they got one in Greenbriar ... they're everywhere."