Photo by Samuel Eli
“Philly Flavor is International”
This past Sunday Taji Nahl of House of Ra’oof launch his Spring 2011 collection. The event was held at his new studio in conjunction with Studio Christensen. Located at 333s 20th street, Studio Christensen is an interior design, furnishing & gallery which represents contemporary brands from Vitra, Kartell & Moroso etc, & vintage pieces from Paul Evans, Milo Baughman, Gio Ponti and many other. Studio has montly art exhibits with 60% off selected items.
The House of Ra’oof presentation included a runway show and live styling in which I styled the models. The collection is inspired from an eclectic and worldly viewpoint and and showcases a well-dressed man that has traveled the globe. K.R.T.
Here are pictures from the House of Ra’oof 2011 presentation.
Photos by Curran J
Mitchell and Ness is a legendary sports apparel company and Philadelphia staple. So it’s only right that The Heineken Green Room team up with the historic company to offer a chance to win exclusive access to its one day only opening sale.
Winners will attend the opening day sale, April 1st, from 5 – 7:00 pm, when the Mitchell & Ness pop up store at UBIQ will shut down just for Heineken Green Room members and receive up to 50% exclusive merchandise and apparel.
Enjoy the sounds provided by DJ Bo Blizz and be the first to grab some of Mitchell & Ness’s new Spring Collection while enjoying complimentary beverages. One catch: YOU MUST BE 21 YEARS OF AGE TO ENTER
First 25 submissions from March. 25 to 30, 2011 will receive a VIP pass for the winner and a friend.
This past January I did a photo shoot for The Source Magazine called Jocks meets Jocks which I styled Andre Iguodala from the Philadelphia 76ers. The shoot included radio personality Kendra G of 100.3 The Beat. Both are good representations on the court & the airwaves for the city of Philadelphia. The video was shot & directed by Yahya Ismail.
Make sure you go out and buy the April issue of the source to see my first editorial in a magazine.
Recently Nickelson Wooster, the men’s fashion director for Neiman Marcus & Top 5 Stylish Men of New York (Mos Def is in the list) came into the King of Prussia division. Taji Nahl of House of Ra’oof & I were invited to the meet & greet and view the presentation. Nickelson is considered to be one the of most stylish men alive and is known to pull off outfits that are considered unsafe.
The fashion presentation was for Neiman Marcus’ spring collection and displayed high end products from Prada, Gucci, Dolce and Gabbana & Polo Black Label etc. It was good to see fellow men’s designer Seun from Duke & Winston as one of the models. The styling was impeccable and I really liked the way Nickleson made each piece complement the other. Styling and menswear at its finest.
Check out the many looks styled by Nickelson Wooster
On any given day of the week you may catch me downtown in Philly with my camera. Whether it be in Rittenhouse Square Park or on Walnut Street I always seem to find someone interesting to feature on Street Kings.
On a particularly sunny day last week Philly was alive with springtime. Downtown was buzzing with all kinds of stylish people out enjoying the weather. I got to snap lots of guys sporting their “Pre-Summertime” looks.
Check out the stylish Street Kings on the streets of Philadelphia.
Changemakers is an organization that I have been working with for some years now from community service efforts to networking events. Changemakers Organization plans, organizes and promotes exclusive ventures that integrate creative and social “change” through the arts, sports & social occasions.
The founder of Changemakers Shaheed Rucker is a close friend of mine whose life was changed at a early age by him picking up a basketball. One of his goals is to change the lives of not only kids but society just as sports did for him. He works to change limited thinking & behavior through camps, workshops and special events. Every aspect of Changemakers has a significant meaning or purpose down to the logo, which means “Change In”.
Check past events I collaborated with Changemakersorg.com
Founder of Changemakers Organization- Shaheed Rucker.
Philadelphia is filled with creativity, artistic people & great establishments. Sometimes I even forget how amazing my city is from the restaurants, to our museums & even our parks. The upcoming PIFA: Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts is a shining example of all that Philly has to offer. PIFA is a month long festival of art related events featuring creative endeavors in fashion, dance, arts, music and film. The theme of this year’s festival is celebrating Paris and its contribution to the arts with a large scale replica of the Eiffel Tower erected at the Philadelphia Kimmel Center.
This is really an amazing series in Philly culture and shouldn’t be missed. Join Philly as we celebrate a new moment of innovation, collaboration and creativity.
Read more about the PIFA Content and enter to win tickets to see Questlove and Rennie Harris
I recently had the chance to visit one of the largest museums in the United States: the Philadelphia Museum of the Art for its “Tailoring Philadelphia: Tradition and Innovation in menswear” exhibit. The exhibit highlighted one of the city’s most successful tailors Francis Toscani and showed how Philadelphia was at the center of menswear and tailoring in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
It was surprising to me to discover that Philly was the Mecca of Menswear at one point in time and it’s great to see the resurgence of haberdashery and stylish men in the area today.
You can catch this exhibit now until summer 2011 Tailoring Philadelphia
Smilest: noun; a person who brings positive energy with their smile
For this trip I allowed the tranquil background to set the mood for my wardrobe. Bringing out the floral print which has been long over due, letting sand run through my canvas sneakers and hearing waves crash before me was my idea of paradise. Pairing that with a bright smile and a bright outfit brings inner peace. K.R.T.
Photos by: Jonny Rabbit of AnmlHse
This edition of Street Kings, Aaron & Gianni Lee of Babylon Cartel & I were walking around up & down South Beach, Miami on Ocean drive looking for the most stylish people to be featured on Babylon Cartel’s “Style Profiles” segment & “Street Kings” for Kings Rule Together.
It wasn’t hard to pick out the stylish people because most people were dressed very casual and the ones that were dressed with extra flair stood out. Take a look at some of the stylish people from my trip to South Beach. K.R.T.
This past Arts, Beats & Eats I decided to feature the best dressed man in attendance. It was a tough decision being as though many gentleman came with their A game. There was one in particular that stood out to me the most. None other then artist, graphic designer Hamid Holloman of Mese Design studio and Co-laborative Laboratory.
This was a rainy day & I liked how he took the weather into consideration when putting his outfit together. The turn out was so great that I plan to do this for every first Sunday at Arts, Beats & Eats, so fellas come dressed to impressed to get a style feature on Kings Rule Together. K.R.T.
Hamid’s King Wardrobe:
- Polo Madrif Jeff Hat
- Red G-shock watch
- Polo western rain jacket
- Vintage woolrich fatigue shirt
- Vintage Peiere Cardin Short sleeve button up
- Vintage belt & buckle uhuru furniture
- Jeans by Cult of Individuality
- St. Johns bay duck front rain boots
This past Wednesday I had the honor to be featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer on the front page and the cover of the Style section. After meeting Philadelphia fashion writer Elizabeth Wellington at an event, I was invited to participate in a shoot for her next column: The Fashion Nerd. Playing off of my style, the Fashion Nerd is a breed of stylish men who enjoy vintage clothing and harking back to the days of gentlemanly dressing. The entire experience happened quickly and was so surreal and I would like to thank Elizabeth and the Philadelphia Inquirer for allowing me this amazing opportunity.
Many people ask me how do I get most of my press coverage. I think it’s a combination of networking and showcasing one’s personality. By going to different events and being myself, I display my unique style and follow up on every chance encounter. By putting yourself out there you will be surprised at the opportunities that come back to you. K.R.T.
Every first sunday of the month I put on a event called Arts, Beats & Eats with my friends Shaheed Rucker of Changermakers & Gianni Lee of Babyloncartel. This edition is in honor of “Women’s History Month” and in tribute to the amazing women in our lives, I thought it would be great to show them the utmost respect and dress like the dapper gentlemen we are!
The most stylish king of the evening will receive a style feature on Kings Rule Together. Style will be judged on overall swagger, improvement and originality. Let’s honor our queens in style!
3.6.11 Arts Beats & Eats “Womens History Month” 7pm-11pm Live Art, Spoken Word, Retail Vending, Wine tasting with an Open Buffet @ Primo Bacio Ristorante (8460 Limekiln Pk) Towers At Wyncote
Click to see a few well dressed males at previous Arts, Beats & Eats
“Manners, Confidence & Style = Swagger”
Being a gentleman can get you far. Holding doors, walking on the outside of the sidewalk, please & thank you’s, sitting facing the door when out to eat… those are a few things my mother taught me growing up. You mostly see characteristics like these from people in the south. Take Fonzworth Bentley for example. He is an ATL representer to whom manners are second nature. I had the pleasure of meeting him this past week at an event he hosted at Community College of Philadelphia. Opening for Fonzworth were three of Philly’s own; duet singers Deja Tu, the spoken word artist Seff Al-Afriqi & rap artist The Show.
His presentation was one to remember. He presented highlights from his book Advance your Swagger: How to Use Manners And Style To Get Ahead and also put on a music performance from his new album Cool-Outrageous-Lovers-Of-Uniquely-Raw-Style (C.O.L.O.R.S.). His dance style was a mixture of the Temptations & old school hip hop. It was pretty dope to see someone in a 3pc tailored suit do all types of twist & turns & still mange to be fly. And to top things off, he tied his bow tie on stage with no mirror in like 5 seconds. Crazy swagger!
King’s Wisdon: Mr. Bentley
- Have a CEO mentality
- Look at yourself as a brand
- Suit is the international uniform for business
- Dress like a prospect not a suspect
- Manage your downtime
- Expand your vison
Read the rest to see pictures from Fonzworth’s performance
I had the pleasure of meeting Taz Arnold & Ali at HK (Hell’s Kitchen) in NYC. It was the after party for the launch of his pop-up shop earlier that day at Vinnie Styles.
Studded Christian Louboutins
Dope hand ring & stitches on his jeans
Ti$a was debuting his new songs and launching his music career. Not sure how I feel about his music just yet but I’ll still rock with him on the fashion side of things.
During my time at Fashion week in NYC, photographers were snapping photos left & right. I noticed one Asian man in particular taking pictures of me from many different angles. I didn’t realize who it was at the time, but it happened to be Tommy Ton of Jak and Jil. Tommy is also the street style photographer for GQ. It is an honor to be featured #15 in his street style section on GQ.com.
Click here to see my picture on Tommy Ton: Street Stye New York