Also, VILLA will have 1 Special Limited Teyana Taylor Adidas HARLEM GLC Kit, (which includes the shoes), that will be raffled, open to the first 100 Ladies in line (Ladies ONLY are eligible for the raffle). Come out and support The Coalition latest collaboration. Hope to see you there.- K.R.T.
“I was once told to smell your roses as you make it to the top” -Chill Moody
Tomorrow, Friday, Decemeber 28,2012 at 10pm Chill Moody will be headlining his first ever concert with Live Nation.
The concert will be held in Philadelphia, PA at the Theater of Living Arts - 334 South Street. This year our fellow king has done so many things to add to his professional resume; from hitting the stage at the 2012 Roots Picnic, to being ranked #3 on Billboard’s Top 10 Things Seen and Heard.
One of our best experiences with the rising Philly MC, is the forming of a new movement in Philadelphia “The Coalition” . Along side our peers JusBeano, Abstract Thought and the man himself Chill Moody, we are charging ourselves to spark change in the city of Philadelphia with a cohesive message to be great as one, and not live with the “crabs in a barrel” mentality.
“Black is Beautiful 5″
Black Is Beautiful V is an evolving event held on Black Friday in the city of Philadelphia, Pa. Black Is Beautiful first began in 2007 as an event for young college students who would be home for the fall break . Since then the event has attracted young professionals, entrepreneurs, artists and athletes nationwide.
This year we have reached out to local artists (Ivben Taqiy, Eazy Sumrz of NBHB and S.W.A.G. Sharp with Art Group) from the Tri-State area to display their art on the event’s main stage. In addition to adding an art exhibit, we reserved a private location for our supporters to enjoy a night at a secluded location. The location to this ticket only event, will be disclosed only to those who purchase a ticket. The count on tickets are limited to ensure a safe and comfortable atmosphere.
This event includes an open buffet and requires you to have semi-formal attire. Music will be provided by none other than Dj Ricochet.
We look forward to sharing this experience with you as we seek to enhance this annual tradition. – K.R.T.
Video Recap from Black Is Beautiful 4.
“Don’t miss The COALITION 1!!!”
Five of most influential brands (Chill Moody, Abstract Thought, Beano, Villla and K.R.T.) that are at the forefront of the new renaissance in Philadelphia are all combining our energy and resources to put together to a dope event titled “Coalition | One” with some of the best, new and up and coming Mc’s, singers, visual artists and dancers the city has to offer in one place.
First event is Friday November 2nd. Each team (five teams) drafted 5 “players” from a pool of DJs, Live Bands, Rappers, Singers, Painters, Graffiti artist etc. Then each team gets up to 15mins that night to put on the best performance with that team. The winning team gets $1,000 and bragging rights.
Shout-out to the other teams #TEAMnicethings, #TeamBeano, #TeamVilla, #TeamAbstract…. but it’s no chance we aren’t winning this one and taking home that $1000
Sigma Sound Stage
212 N 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
K.R.T. WILL HAVE A DISCOUNT TO THE FOLKS WHO COME EARLY. DOORS OPEN AT 9 AND SHOW START AT 10.
You can purchase tickets online here http://thecoalition1.eventbrite.com/
The young King will be featured in the movie premiere of “Split Second” starring Todd Anthony and Neil Carr directed by Tim Fontaine. These three guys are supporters of myself and the brand K.R.T. so when they asked me to be apart of the production it was a honor to help out.
Acting was always something I was interested in since an early age. My mother use to take me on auditions but I never got picked lol. Those days are now over. Director Tim Fontaine had a vision for me to play a role that most people are not used to seeing me as. I believe that I did a great job, this is the beginning of the beginning of a new talent of mines.
Saturday’s show is sold out but tickets for Sunday’s show for “Split Second” are still available. It goes down OCT 14TH at 6m at The Enterprise Center 4548 Market street Phila, PA 19139. Check out one last promo clip for “SPLIT SECOND” and get your tickets at www.splitsecondthemovie.com
Visiting the great city of London, England was always a dream/goal of mine. I didn’t know how soon it would be nor that I would be there with two of my closest friends Shaheed and Nehemiah. My main reason for going was to experience London Fashion week first hand. Although I would be going for the last two days It was a something I wanted to partake in. Needless to say I didn’t want to come back.
Bariq Cobbs, Jamel Ransom, Jahream and Myself.The homie Joshua Kissi modeling for Ozwald Boateng show.First time meeting my new London friends La Touché and Martell Campbell but wont be the last(Stay Tuned)Jamel talking to superstar stylist June Ambrose right before she took our picture for her instagram. She’s always showing love. (Past love)Jamel hanging out with our Philadelphia Native photographer Big Rube and New York friend Steven. Mike taking us everywhere. Gotta love New York city subway system.
The TeesVsTanks concept came about last year around this same time as a photo shoot titled “A King’s Theme: Tees Vs Tank“ highlighting 5 of some of the dopest brands out of Philadelphia. This year I’ve decided to take it a step further bringing 16 notable local clothing brands together for a 15 game 3 on 3 basketball tournament which took place at Parkside Evans Playground on 53rd and Parkside here in Philadelphia.
The brands included Bellargo, TOBH, Neo Daviso, Dosage’s “3D“, Abstract Thought, Anderung, Red Penguin, Chill Moody’s “nicethings“, Natrl Brn Heart Brkrs, Stay Cool,Geek Clothing, Anml Hse, Ibn Majid, Syck Dayz and of course the home
team K.R.T. This was a promotion of peace bringing brand recognition in “kingly” love to show our city that anyone of any diversity, social background, and even financial status can come together for a common good or a friendly game of basketball.
Check out the video recap by Garron Gibbs of Concrete Cakes:
On September 15th and 16th, I will be apart of the 3RD Annual UNIQUELY YOU SUMMIT as one of the male panelist along side with Youseff “Seff” Al-Alfriqi, “Just Greg” Corbin and Kevin Carr for the Shattering Guy Code( The State of a Black Girl’s: A Male Estimation Part 1 and 2.) panel discussions . National Alumnae Association of Spelman College and UNIQUELY YOU SUMMIT, INC. partner to host 500 girls of color in the city of Philadelphia in an effort to encourage girls to create their own definitions of themselves, make positive, intelligent and healthy life choices and support them in letting their innermost beings shine!
The theme of the 3RD Annual UNIQUELY YOU SUMMIT is BECOME WHO YOU ARE, where we’ll celebrate black girls and encourage them to create their own definitions of themselves. BECOMING WHO YOU ARE! EXPO will be located at Philadelphia University’s Gallagher Recreation & Athletic Center located at 4201 Henry Ave. & Philadelphia University Drive.
You can find more information http://www.uniquelyyousummit.org/. Hope to see you there! – K.R.T.
Kings Rule Together will be hosting their first annual #TeesVsTanks basketball game this Monday, September 3rd- aka Labor Day from 12-5pm at Parkside Evans Park (53rd & Parkside). This tournament serves as a promotion for peace and unity. Over sixteen local, Philadelphia based clothing lines and brands have chosen to come together in “kingly” love to show our city that anyone of any diversity, social background, and even financial status can come together for a common good. All proceeds from this event are funding our on-site school supply giveaway. The first 100 kids in attendance to Monday’s tournament will receive school supplies and book bags; it’s our way of equipping them for tools of a successful school year.
The sixteen teams involved will play in elimination games, with the winning team will receiving a feature on www.KingsRuleTogether.com, photo shoot by Ricky Codio, video shoot by Derrick Woodyard and the Team and MVK “Most Valuable King” trophies.
Twitter Bracket Written form:
@KRT_Updates (Tanks) vs @WeStayCool (Tank)
@NeoDaviso (Tanks) vs @TeamRedpenguin (Tees)
@Change_Makers (Tees) vs @TheNtrlBorns (Tanks)
@Chillmoody (Tanks)vs @3DLOOK4DALOGO (Tanks)
@NerdLeel (Tee) vs @AlwaysABSTRACT (tank)
@AnmlHse (Tank) vs @IbnMajidClothCo (Tee)
@DhengiBrand (Tee) vs @Bellargo (Tee)
@Mitchell_Ness (Tee) vs @Syck_Dayz (Tank)
Come out and root for your favorite local brand as they put their all on the courts. May the best brand win – K.R.T.
Around this time last year I curated a photoshoot titled “A King’s Theme: Tees Vs Tank“ highlighting 5 of some of the dopest brands out of Philadelphia. This year we have decided to take it a step further by hosting Kings Rule Together (K.R.T.) first annual “Tees VS. Tanks” 3-on-3 basketbal tournament from 6pm-10pm at Parkside Evans Park (53rd & Parkside) Friday, September 7th. This event will be sponsored by Vitamin Water and Changemakers Org and Cory Townes.
Come out and cheer on your favorite clothing brands as they compete for a team and MVK ” Most Valuable King” trophy. A total of 16 games will be played amongst 16 notable local clothing brands including Bellargo, TOBH, Neo Daviso, Dosage’s “3D“, Abstract Thought, Anderung, Red Penguin, Chill Moody’s “nicethings“, Natrl Brn Heart Brkrs, Stay Cool, Geek Clothing, Anml Hse, Ibn Majid, Syck Dayz and of course the home
winning team #KRT.
All proceeds from this event have been spent on school supplies for the young kings and queens of Philadelphia as they prepare to head back to school on September 7th. Spectators are free to come out to enjoy our friendly competition, jam out to DJ J5ive, go nuts on our moonbounce, and shop amongst the the various competing clothing lines – make sure you bring plenty of cash. Ricky Codio & Darren Burton will be conducting photoshoots on site, live broadcast by @PodCastWeds and all video footage from the days events will be shot by Derrick Woodyard. This is one royal event you don’t want to miss! See you Friday!
Still cant quite believe it has been two years since we (Shaheed Rucker and Myself, Curran J.) started Arts, Beats and Eats here in Philadelphia,Pa. Reflecting back over the years of Arts, Beats & Eats it has far exceeded our expectations much more than we could ever imagine. Arts, Beats & Eats has become a staple for our culture and it’s become a must attend event for young entrepreneurs in the tri-state area. With each installment making connections and donating to various causes and charities we have watched many lasting partnerships & business opportunities come about every 1st Sunday of the month.
This month’s theme is geared around celebrating our 2 year anniversary by bringing you a FREE outside festival filled with plenty of vendors, food, live music and sounds provided by Dj Gianni Lee.
This event will be held at McMicheal Park on Henry ave and Midvale from 3pm-7pm.
The only thing we ask you to bring is school supplies which will be giving out at the 1st Annual K.R.T. “Tees vs Tanks” 3on3 Basketball Tournament September 3rd located on 53rd and Parkside Ave.
On Thursday, June 28, the young King had a release event at Kembrel for my latest K.R.T. collections- the “Vision” collection and “Inspire” summer series edition.
The purpose of the event was to let the people see through the eyes of a King, because I wanted for my vision to become clearer. A few weeks before the event, K.R.T. supporters anxiously awaited the arrival of my new shirts since I posted a picture of at least one of the shirts on Instagram.
From start to finish of the event, people came to purchase K.R.T. merchandise and enjoy the company of other K.R.T. supporters. The guests arrived looking their absolute best, while showcasing their style. Sounds were provided by DJ Mike Lowry, who was able to capture the moment by playing the soulful yet unforgettable songs of the nineties and then crossed over to some of the newer music of this current generation. Live models, Karon Byers and Sylvia Ardente, stood in the windows of Kembrel sporting the “Living a King’s/Queen’s Vision” shirts. The guests that came enjoyed the culinary styles and tastes of Victoria’s Kitchen along side some natural fresh juice from Abu The Juiceman. While the guests were satisfied by their K.R.T. purchases, their taste buds and stomachs also were also in delight.Photographers, Ricky Codio, Dominique Nichole, as well as videographer, Julian Willingham from Forever Dope Society (FDS) were able to capture every moment.
The wonderful part about the night was that there was practically a smile on every face at Kembrel, because they knew that they were apart of my vision. The night ended on a note that make me feel proud and assured that we were all living the vision. – K.R.T.
Check the pictures from the event here
Over the past few weeks, I have posted a few pictures of the new clothing for K.R.T. on my Instagram. With growing excitement the wait is finally over. I would like to invite all of K.R.T.’s current and future supporters to join K.R.T. as we release the “Vision” collection and Summer “Inspire” series on June 28th from 5pm-9pm at Kembrel on 1822 Chestnut St. Philadelphia, Pa.
Started by UPenn students, Kembrel is an exclusive shopping village for fashion adventurers who desire quality clothing and apparel as well as accessories.
In order to show our appreciation, each guest in attendance will receive 25% off of all Kembrel merchandise. I hope to see you there. – K.R.T.
Music by Dj Mike Lowry
Photography by Ricky Codio and Dominique Nichole.
Videography by Forever Dope Society(FDS)
Refreshments by Orange Line Phila, Victoria Kitchen and Abu The Juiceman.
“Rule of Three”
When I hear the words “custom lifestyle” I think of creating your own destiny and making your own rules. Putting things together that don’t necessarily belong but make them work for you is a great way to describe the event that took place by the good brothers over at ButchershopReab, Search and Rescue, and Co-laborative lab. You might have heard of Search and Rescue before as they created my installation at the “K.R.T. New Online Launch” event. With each of these brands being skilled in their own craft collaborating in the installation of this space in Harlem 218 E. 125th st. Ny, Ny they were able to create an event showcasing a custom lifestyle through art, furniture, and fashion.
Search and Rescue provided unique antique props as the backdrop for showcasing custom furniture by ButchershopRehab, and original Colaborative lab paintings and wearable art. The experience was very gallery meets Trunk Show and all items on the floor were for sale. By way of many people being in attendance, tweeting and instagraming, it made the experience much greater by having those in tune with social networking wondering what was happening at the event as they took pictures of the unique display. All and all this was a great way of Kings Ruling Together. - K.R.T.
Check out some of pictures I captured at this event HERE.
” young photographer with big dreams”
Recently, photographer Ricky Codio presented his journey as a photographer at his “Evolution” exhibition at the beautiful Gallery Exquisite. By showcasing both older pieces and through unveiling new works of visual art, this event presented the range of techniques and styles employed by this virtuoso photographer. In just a short period of time after launching himself as a professional photographer, Codio was regularly shooting for various clothing lines including Kings Rule Together, musical artists, and taste-makers, as well as many other clients.
The young photographer has positioned himself as the go-to photographer in the area for high-end, creative photo shoots. He has worked on campaigns that can be seen in such places as Essence.com, and XXL Magazine (to name a few). Various people and spectators came to the gallery to marvel at his works. He also showcased a painting done by the artist Ivben Taqiy, which was head-on in the likeness of one of Codio’s photographs, as well as showcasing one of Iris Bonner’s personal paintings for him.
The event was a success and not too long after that he sold his first print piece.- K.R.T.
Video By Derrick Woodyard.
On Tuesday, May 22nd, I will be a featured panelist at the Philadelphia Black Public Relation Society’s, Men in Communication & PR event. This year’s theme for the event is “Men in the mirror: the Role of Personal Image & Style in Media”. The event will be taking place at the NBC 10 building at 10 Monument Road in Bala Cynwyd, just off of the City Line Avenue exit via I-76. To attend this panel, tickets are being sold via http://meninprandcommunications.eventbrite.com for $15 for non-PBPRS members. Proceeds for ticket purchases will benefit MenzFit. MenzFit is a non-profit organization, that provides low-income gentlemen with professional interview attire and career development skills in Philadelphia and its surrounding areas.
Here is a list of the other panelists for the event:
Moderator: Mr. Kevin Parker - Owner of FBH Agency & Founder of Philly Fashion Week
German Cuadrado - CEO & Founder of PRPS Management LLC
Reuben Harley -“Street Gazing” - Philadelphia Daily News (Photojournalist)
Jared Michael Lowe – “Lowe Factor” – Blogger
Sabir M. Peele - “Men’s Style Pro“ - Founder & Creative Director. Men’s Style Consultant
Myself- Curran J. Swint - “Kings Rule Together“ – Stylist, Blogger & Event Planner
The event will run from 5:30pm to 7:30pm and will be a great opportunity to help students and men a-like to see the importance of image in today’s media. Get your tickets by clicking Here and for more information about the PBPRS click Here. It is an honor for me to be selected as a panelist and hope to see you all out there.
Clothing lines, photographers, hipsters, the fashion foes brands alike gathered to show support to one movement two weeks ago, Kings Rule Together. On April 27, 2012 held the much anticipated launch of my new online store. During the K.R.T Online Store Launch, people quickly trickled in and taking in the scenery at The Gallery Exquisite ( 1040 N. American St, Northern Liberties) .
Upon one’s arrival it was hard to ignore the K.R.T. inspired paintings hanging on the walls by the artists Ivben Taqiy, Ibn Anderson, Bariq Cobbs and Ozlo. There was even a painting made in the likeness of myself. K.R.T released 4 new products – all now available on the new online store, which were displayed on an installation piece created by Search and Rescue.
People shared laughs over hor d’oeuvres and cupcakes designed in the likeness of K.R.T’s signature crowns. by the mights end multiple prizes had been raffled off including two designer watches from BlumLux and few new item from the clothing line. K.RT. ‘s first twenty-five guests who arrived that evening, received discounts on all apparel on the new online store. Custom INSPIRE t-shirts were available on site, where guests got to choose the colors of their shirt from OKG designs.
Dj Mike Lowry was on the 1s and 2s for the night, whereas photography was provided by Ricky Codio and Dominique Nichole. Videography was in full effect by Derrick Woodyard & Forever Dope Society(FDS).
The night ended on the best possible note with every guest leaving satisfied, emulating the king or queen they truly are. – K.R.T.
Video below is shot and directed by videographer Derrick Woodyard.
This video below by Forever Dope Society(FDS) captures the event from beginning to the end.
Check out the photos form the event HERE
“Every first Sunday of the month”
The rains dwindling down, the temperatures starting to rise- it may just be the makings of spring (finally)! With that said come kick off your spring time with Arts Beats and Eats this Sunday (5/6) from 7-11pm at 7165 Lounge on Germantown Ave. In celebration of spring this months theme is the Mayflower which we will have a series of floral displays throughout the lounge.
As always we will be hosting a variety of vendors – including K.R.T.. This months featured spoken word artists will be coming from the group Voices In Power. Also be sure to save the date for next month for our two year anniversary on June 3rd. See you Sunday!” – K.R.T.
It’s finally done! On April 27th, Kings Rule Together will be launching our new online store at Gallery Exquisite (1040 N. American St- right across the street from Darling Diner in the Piazza). Come out and have a good time with us for this long anticipated launch! From 7- 10 pm Friday night come check out K.R.T.’s spring line, some “photo fun,” food, and plenty of contests and giveaways all for FREE.
We’ll also be creating custom color “Inspire” shirts and tanks on site that night. The first twenty-five (25) guests will receive discounts on all K.R.T apparel whether on site or via the new online store. Come get inspired, and enter to win the “Royal Crowning King and Queen” contest upon entry. This is one K.R.T event you don’t want to miss! – K.R.T.
Music by Dj Mike Lowry
Photography by Ricky Codio, Color of Life and Dominique Nichole.
Videography by Derrick Woodyard & Forever Dope Society(FDS)
Arts, Beats and Eats is an event that is designed to bring out the best in its attendees from choices of music, conversation and even style. Promoting uniqueness and individuality, every first Sunday I scope the room looking for the guy that deserves the Arts, Beats and Eats Best Dressed Spotlight.
“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.
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.
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.