By Chelsea Young
Photo by James Patrick
In the heart of Downtown Scottsdale, Edgar Ayala creates cutting-edge haircuts for men at The Manner Barbershop. The San Bernardino native, who has been styling hair for 10 years, curates an artistic atmosphere, paying meticulous detail to everything from vibe to apparel.
“As long as you look artistic and like you’re serious about your craft, you can dress however you want,” he says of the dress code. “As an entrepreneur, whether I’m in the shop or elsewhere, I’m always representing my brand.”
Ayala keeps his look sleek and simple while adding personalized touches to stand out. Though admitting he’d wear all black 24/7 if he could, you’ll find Ayala rocking everything from bow ties and a blazer to graphic T-shirts and high tops.
“I’m not consistent with the individual items of clothing I wear, but I always aim to embody a balance of classic and innovative,” says Ayala, who gravitates toward trends in denim, bright colors and florals.
A true artist at work, Ayala notes that his style is unique to his image in the same way The Manner Barbershop is unique to its industry. Yet, both go beyond curating a brand.
“I have a style that speaks for itself, and I try to set an example for youth,” he says. “My style influences my brand, and I hope my brand will influence the community. Through barbering, I also hope to influence young men with my passion, character and style.”
How would you describe your style? Urban, modern and sophisticated. I try to have an iconic image that stands out enough so that people know what I do for a living. What are some of the boldest cuts you have done? Though we mostly cut men’s hair, many women have come in wanting to do something daring like a man’s haircut with crazy, sharp lines and fades. What are your favorite fashion pieces? Ray-Bans are a must-have – like barbers, they will never go out of style. A timepiece is important in my work, so a watch is a must. I like wearing unique shirts. In fact, it’s almost a goal of mine to get asked where my shirts are from!
By Danielle Accovelli
Photo by Claudia Johnstone
Shot at The Clayton on the Park
A tour de force in the design industry, Neyda Melina has taken the local fashion scene by storm. As an assistant shoe buyer for Dillard’s corporate and creator of the style blog Truly, Ney (www.trulyney.com), Melina strives to show others that there is much more to fashion than what initially meets the eye.
“I want to educate people on some of the stuff that isn’t so obvious with fashion,” she says. “To me, fashion is culture. There is a story behind each garment, because everything from the colors to the fabrics to what’s currently going on in the market has an influence on fashion.”
Although she prefers a polished, feminine look – you can typically find her in a pair of wide-leg trousers paired with a basic, versatile blouse and comfortable block heels on weekdays – the self-proclaimed accessories queen always likes to add a pop of color to her ensemble with a scarf and earrings.
“I always carry summer scarfs that I can just throw on at any time. I have hundreds in all different colors, patterns and fabrics.”
However, Melina also isn’t afraid to push style boundaries.
“I find a lot of inspiration in menswear, too, because it breaks the look a little and makes it more interesting,” she says. “True style is really all about owning it, no matter the look.”
What are some of your favorite fashion items? I have to mention shoes because I really am a shoe girl. I can’t say how many I have, but I can say one of my go-to classics is a leopard print stiletto. What is your best piece of style advice? I always say wear even the tiniest of earrings because they are like the last topping to every outfit, and then whatever feels comfortable to you and your personality. Any standout summer trends? Anything that’s woven. Woven leather is really trending, and it’s going to be really big for shoes.