On my recent trip to New York city I had the pleasure of interviewing the man behind all of my B.E.T. 106 and Park success, stylist Kwasi Kessie. This is my first Kings Inspire Kings video which videographer Derrick Woodyard captured this short but insightful interview from one male stylist to another. Check out the video as it displays our brief discussion about his success, styling and his thoughts about my Kings Rule Together line. - K.R.T.
“On the hunt for Danny Fox”
HyLo Boutiques brings you the culminating event of this month’s urban excursions. A scavenger hunt for calligraphy artist and jewelry designer Danny Fox. Danny Fox has a stunning collection of industrial sterling silver rings. A master of his craft, Danny can spend hours designing in his South Philly studio oasis. But he also has an itch to explore the urban playground that lies outside his door.
Hylo Boutiques and Danny invites you to seek him out at his favorite local spots Saturday, March 31 through Sunday, April 1 for instant rewards and chances to win big prizes from our participants—from tees to rings to lunch for two! Here’s how to play:
1. Visit participating businesses Saturday, March 31- Sunday, April 1 for a reward when you drop the name Danny Fox at the register.
2. Snap a photo of the #dannyfox icon at each location and tweet it @HyLoBoutiques using the hashtag #dannyfox to be entered into the raffle for insanely cool prizes from our merchants. Each tweet counts as a separate raffle entry.
3. Hit as many of the locations as you can and tweet a photo of each @HyLoBoutiques. The more photos we receive from you, the higher your odds of winning the prize.
This past Friday host of B.E.T.’s 106 and Park Terrance J was wearing the K.R.T. Limited edition black “Fatigue” hoodie on their popular freestyle Friday segment. This is now his third time he has been seen wearing the brand thanks to stylist Kwasi Kessi. He styled the hoodie with the Air Jordan IX “Olives” which are not due to be released until 11/2012. You can purchase this item for a short time period HERE. - K.R.T.
One of the guest on the show was west coast “Bay” area ambassador E 40
(Picture) I had the pleasure of watching the show live. This was my first time at 106 and Park and I didn’t want to be in the crowd so they let me watch from the v.i.p. section
which isn’t really v.i.p. because i had to stand the entire time.Nonetheless It was an awesome experience.
Arts, Beats & Eats is a monthly networking mixer in the city of Philadelphia that contributes to the well being of society, through health initiatives and community service efforts. Shaheed Rucker, Gianni Lee and I have been implementing this event since May 2010. It has grown stupendously in the Tri-state area as one of the must highly attended networking events for the young creative entrepreneurs. We have teamed up with Lauren Tilghman and Danielle Jeter to help further pursue our Arts, Beats and Eats goals into 2012.
Arts, Beats & Eats is an event where individuals can grow both personally and professionally. Monthly themes focus on “giving back” through toy, book, clothing and food drives. Other themes have focused on educating our guests on health, political and social ills that plague our community. Our event allows individuals to enjoy live art, spoken word, and fine music while shopping from different local vendors.
This month’s theme is Mind, Body, and Soul. Where we will present some of the best Artist, Models, Photographers and Designers.
****PLEASE NOTE LOCATION CHANGE***
The event takes place at North by Northwest located at 7165 Germantown Ave, on April 1st from 7pm-11pm.
Young 13 year old superstar Jaden Smith (Son of Philadelphia native Will Smith) recently took a picture wearing the Limited Edition salmon K.R.T. King hoodie. Looks as though he was impressed and took a picture in his trailer which he is currently shooting a new film with his father called ” After Earth” and decided to share it with his millions of fans by sharing his new hoodie on Instagram. Maybe Jaden could be the spoke person for my K.R.T. Kids line coming soon, stay tune! - K.R.T.
You can purchase this hoodie HERE
Had the pleasure of meeting the Young King Jaden Smith at the mid party for After Earth at the trust building here in Philadelphia the other night. S/O to the Actor Todd Anthony (Far Left). – K.R.T.
“Blogging ain’t easy, but somebody’s got to do it” – Marcus Troy
I’m sitting here thinking about how I first found out about the Montreal native Marcus Troy. I’m not sure whether it was from hearing about him, or seeing his face in many different publications. What I do know is that he has found a way to turn his hobby into a business, which is Blogging! As Marcus says in the interview “it’s nothing wrong with blogging for a hobby, but its always a plus to get paid for the work you would do for free.” That’s the way I see it… If I never got photographed, honored, or even noticed, I still would dress the way that I do and have the same vision no matter what.
One of his latest ventures was “The Bloggers Project” that he curated at the Project Global trade show. He gathered some of his favorite bloggers to document the inside of the marketplace for menswear, buyers, and vendors.
I can relate to Marcus in more ways than one. One being that he is someone I believe to have similar values as myself, he doesn’t shy away from helping others or exposing people to what’s new. Like they say: “Ideas multiply when you share them.” Secondly, he is easy going and effective in a way that he attracts the right clients in an effortless manner. Its pretty amazing to be recognized and work with companies such as Nike, Project, and DC Life, all for just being yourself. Marcus Troy is one of a few Kings that I would not hesitate to Rule with. - K.R.T.
Read the interview after the break
Anyone that knows me personally knows I am not a fan of public speaking. Even though you may find me with a mic in my hand occasionally, its usually never by preference. I feel that once you’re in a position to lead, you must step up to the plate and do so. That was my thought process on March 8, 2012, when I was nervously waiting to present at the Apple Store for “Dukes Inspire Kings.”
Once I saw the amount of people that came out to support Seun Olubosum and myself for our collaboration event with HyloBoutiques, the excitement presented was unmatched compared to what I was actually feeling. We ended up having a full house, packed with people from all over to come watch us as we discussed our companies and brands. We focused mainly on the beneficial roles that technology and social media has played with brand-building in today’s market. - K.R.T.
“Some of the tri-states most influential people will be in attendance”
The time is back for my 3rd annual #Roses event. If you attended or heard about Black Is Beautiful 4 then you do not want to miss this one. I’ve partner up with Shaheed Rucker, Bones of Hustler Records, and Ed Brown. We plan to bring you a night of excitement and good times. “Roses” will take place at one of Philadelphia’s premiere restaurants, The Chart House Restaurant.
The count on tickets is limited to ensure a safe and comfortable atmosphere. This event is a ticket only event that requires you to have Semi-formal attire
sorry but no K.R.T.. We look forward to you sharing this experience with us in style, as some of the tri-states most influential people will be in attendance as we seek to enhance this tradition every year. – K.R.T.
The sound will be controlled by one of Philadelphia’s top DJ’s “DJ Ricochet”
For online tickets purchase here - http://roses3.eventbrite.
Highly anticipated and long over due the wait is finally over…
well sort of! The Limited Edition Floral “Queen” Hoodie has been in HIGH demand since the release of the Limited Edition Floral “King” hoodie, and is NOW available for Pre-Order! This V-Neck hoodie will be available in two colors; Black and Wildberry and range from a size small to a extra large. – K.R.T.
Special Thanks to the model DJ JoviBaby.
“The K.R.T. Hoodie collection”
I recently did a look book for my K.R.T. hoodie collection with photographer Ricky Codio that will be available shortly. I asked my good friend Derrick Woodyard who shot my video, Behind the King: A King’s Journey to tape the experience. The shoot was filmed at Search and Rescue headquarters, a multi-functional space curated by Coach Gaines and Kenya Abdul-Hadi, that serves as a fashion workshop and showroom for installations.
In this video you will see the collection of 6 K.R.T. hoodies I released for the men since starting my clothing brand in July of 2011, along with the new Limited Edition “Floral” Queen hoodies which will be available soon. Take a look at the video and stay tuned for more to come from Kings Rule Together. -K.R.T.
Special Thanks to the models in the video: Cody Kahmar, Yasin Nahl, Basil Williams & the leading lady Melanie White.
The Limited Edition King hoodie is back but with a new twist. I decided to incorporate my popular design with a very trendy but relevant pattern; Army fatigue. The best part about this design is that it can be worn in numerous ways
not including army fatigue cargos. Your choices are my favorite which is why i chose the colors Salmon and Black. Which ever color you choose you will be one of the first and last with this limited edition item. The new design is only available to a few Kings in this world, get yours while they’re still in stock! - K.R.T.
Purchase Hoodie Here
I was fortunate to have an intimate conversation with a Denim Icon. His famous brands need no introduction, if you’ve been on the urban fashion scene. But as a refresher, Donwan Herrell is the founder of legendary clothing lines such as Akademiks and is currently the founder and designer of PRPS. I chose to interview Mr. Herrell because he is a true inspiration and fits the definition of a King.
His story was intriguing to me because of his independent existence in the market place. He is one who is at the forefront of his ideas and dosen’t lag behind the trends or connects himself to a particular movement. He is just himself. – K.R.T.
Check out my Q & A with Donwan Herrell of PRPS