Shades of Pink: These words are synonymous with pink or represent various shades of the color pink: blush, coral, flesh, flush, fuchsia, hot pink, magenta, raspberry, rose, salmon.
I can remember a few years back reading the Philadelphia Magazine in the barbershop saying I need to be in this magazine. I always considered myself as a fashion maven residing in the area so I knew that one day a kings dream would come true. Now 3 years later I had the pleasure of being featured in the March 2013 issue for fashion highlighting “20 best dressed Philadelphian’s”. It was a honor to be recognized in such a notable level amongst many other fashionable people in the city of Philadelphia. As fashion is something I breathe, to be labeled as this in the city that I was born and raised in and carry it on my back everywhere I go is an honor and truly an amazing feeling.
“Past creation can inspire new ideas”. -K.R.T.
K.R.T. introduces its second collection Pre Spring 2013 titled “Abstract” which was inspired by an innovative artist of the late 19th century by the name of Piet Mondrian. A Dutch born artist Piet became an important contributor to the De Stijl art movement best known for his non-representational form termed Neo-Plasticism.
As a lifestyle brand Integrating art within fashion has been the focal point of K.R.T., as well as maintaining moral integrity that identifies us all as Kings and Queens. Check out the latest collection and let us take you on a journey of style through Kings Rule Together’s vision.- K.R.T.
Initially when looking for something fashionable to wear, often I would overlook the turtleneck . Over the years peoples perception of the “turtleneck” was altered due to years of brands only targeting the more mature crowd such as; grandfathers, grandmother etc, thus the turtleneck has evolved into a “must have” for the fashion innovator. As traditional Americana circumvented back into the mainstream fashion industry, this created an outlet for the turtleneck to be reintroduced.
A key part of a King’s lifestyle are his networking abilities. In my travel’s I had a pethora of opportunites to meet an array of different entrepreneur’s and learn from other brands within the surrounding community. With that being said, it’s extremely important to me that we support local brands that have a good message behind them or a unique standing. One local entrepeneur whom I’ve gained a great respect for is designer Connor Dickson, of Lancaster, PA. Connor Dickson’s brand consists of bow ties, belts, bags which all are essentials parts in a King’s wardrobe. Each product is completely handmade within an Amish community in Pennsylvania with great attention to details that ensures the customer is receiving an heirloom piece.
I recently had the opportunity to curate a photo shoot with Connor and his brand. With Lancaster, Pa being so close but seemingly so far away- it was definitely an experience to remember. Make sure you look out for this brand and their collaborations coming soon with K.R.T. – K.R.T.
“Kings Ruling together” – Young King
I recently teamed up with a great friend of mine Michael Reynolds, to do a style project for Osrick Ingredients Cricket. Osrick Ingredients Cricket is a menswear line that offers cutting edge men’s cricket inspired clothing, such as t-shirts, knit vests, cricket pique shirts, cricket sport coats, Oxford shirts, trousers, and other sport inspired apparel products.
The video was shot by Juan Ortiz of Redd Pen Media, it captures behind the scenes footage from the shoot. I love what I do and this day was no different, it was filled with a lot of hard work and excitement. I styled along side with Rodney Jon (MUA), Vincent sawyer (His Exclusively) and Pixtions (Photography). Check out the video. - K.R.T.
K.R.T. Academy featured 19 guys including myself that created one of the most memorable moments of my life. Eager to let this story unfold, I cannot express enough how much joy that day brought. It was an honor that I was able to bring forth so many gentlemen for this project. K.R.T. Academy began, as a mere idea that I figured if it was going to happen, now is a better time than ever. I figured this was a way to highlight my styling abilities as well as other young Kings that I work with on a day-to-day basis.
”A outfit you wear all day that is suitable in all occasion/ every situation”
Long days and even longer nights are common for the average mover & shaker of today. Most days I leave the house and may not return until the sun is rising. When you are young and eager to take on opportunities there will be times when sleep is the last thing on your mind. Some may call this being a entrepreneur but I call this being a 24 Hour Man.
When leaving the house for the day one must be dressed for a number of occasions that may present themselves. It can be challenging to dress in an ensemble that is multi-functional, stylish and suitable for most ocassions. The 24 Hour Man must push the envelope, not blending in and staying on point throughout the day. Finding the right outfit to carry you through is a skill that the 24 Hour Man must perfect.
Take a trip through the day of a 24 Hour Man
The Kanas City, Missouri designer Jeremy Scott show at Milk Studios was the most interesting and outrageous out of all the shows I attended for New York fashion week. The room was filled with many playful outfits and the audience was treated to gifts as they took their seat. When many brands were leaning towards Native American themes for their line, Jeremy Scott decided to go western with an inspiration of cowboys & video games.
Cowhides and cactus prints is something new to me, but I liked it. While I may not wear most of these clothing the way they are displayed I do see the uniqueness in them. All in all the Jeremy Scott show opened up my mind to being more adventurous and having a good time in my style. – K.R.T.
Check out the pictures I took at Jeremy Scott S/S12 collection.
Designer Jeremy Scott
Chap jeans for men! I don’t know about that but it was interesting to see. What do you think?
Being that Diesel Black Gold is a clothing line I actually wear I was intrigued to see what their Spring/Summer 2012 collection would look like. At the Diesel Black Gold show metallics were in heavy use particularly in short-sleeve jackets and lamé pants. Neutral blue, khaki and blacks anchored the collection and each model showed us how to work a sandal into your spring/summer wardrobe. Check out the pictures I took of the Diesel Black Gold Spring/Summer 2012 show. – K.R.T.
What do you think about this collection?
The southern designer Billy Reid had a amazing standing room-only presentation at Milk Studios for New York Fashion Week. Billy Reid has won both the CFDA/GQ Best New Menswear Designer in America award and the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award which has increased his popularity from the last season. I personally like this collection because he seamlessly blends formal & casual Fall wear together. His easy and effortless collection was full essential wardrobe pieces like chino slacks, loose cardigans and lightweight blazers; all must-have staples for any King. - K.R.T.
(Photos via GQ)
The Andrew Buckler Spring/Summer 2012 show had to be one of my favorite shows of NYFW so far. Seems as through everybody from Nickelson Wooster, Singer Miguel & fellow male bloggers Josh & Travis of Street Etiquette were all eager to see Andrew Buckler’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection. It was exciting watching the many stylish people walk up to attend this menswear show in the Meat Packing District. This was my first time attending a Buckler show and looking at previous shows I knew I didn’t want to miss it.
Launched in 2001, Buckler has stayed true to its original aesthetic: English Bloke meets New York. The designs are tailored, versatile, masculine and sexy, brought to life with quality textiles from the U.S. and Italy. Buckler sells throughout the US, Canada & UK and on April 12th, 2005 Andrew made New York’s Meatpacking District the home for his first flagship store. Three more locations have opened their doors since.
Buckler is a menswear line which melds the roguish American icon with a Brit edge. Designer Andrew Buckler disregards the universal monotony which plagues menswear, evading uniformity by superimposing eccentric undertones with classic silhouettes.
Check out some of the many looks I captured at the Andrew Buckler menswear show. - K.R.T.
If you’re ever in the New York area be sure to check out the Andrew Buckler store:
13 Gansevoort Street
New York NY 10014 USA
“Let’s slip into something a lil more comfortable”
When thinking of men’s shoes what comes to mind? Maybe a wingtip, oxford, loafer or even a moccasin. Well a stylish alternative for men that has been hitting the streets, the nightlife and even the runway lately are men’s slippers. Not just any old slipper but hard-soled, velvet, fabric, embroidered, heeled slippers. Being able to rock a bedroom staple outside of its normality mixes up the variety of casual menswear whether it be dressing it up or down. The velvet slipper originated and gained popularity in 1840 with Prince Albert and are known as “The Albert Slipper” which gives them an opulent image.
Men’s slippers are quickly became one of the freshest trends in menswear. Some look at it as just being a slipper but this item ranges upward from $300 which keeps it from becoming trendier than most footwear. Very fun, stylish and comfortable, slippers can be worn both day and night adding flavor to shorts, cropped pants, jeans and full suits. Slippers add a regal flair and are the footwear of choice for any young King. – K.R.T.
Take the opulence up a level and customize your slippers with Stubbs and Wootton Bespoke
Other hot Men’s slipper brands I like:
King’s Wardrobe Description:
- Sweatshirt – J Crew
- Rope belt – Vintage
- Bracelet – Tommy Hilfiger
- Pocket Square - House of Ra’oof
- Shorts – Polo Ralph Lauren
- Slippers – Marc by Marc Jacob
Mel Ransom’s Wardrobe Description:
- Shirt – Ralph Lauren
- Rings – Vintage
- Pocket Sq. – Culture Couture Vintage
- Lien Blazer – J Crew
- Tie – Rugby
- Shorts – Urban Outfitter
- Slippers – Rugby
Tony Rogers‘s Wardrobe Description:
- Shades -Marc Jacob
- Watch – Nixon
- Ring – Priceless Vintage Artz’
- Slim fit woven shirt – Joseph Abboud
- Sports coat – Joseph Abboud
- Classic chinos – Joseph Abboud
- Slippers – Stubbs and Wootton
Ryon Reid’s Wardrobe Description:
Photos by Lawrence D. Lowe of LDL Productions
What happens when five of the hottest brands in Philadelphia come together for a photo shoot?
In a market where everything is a competition, joining forces with someone that is in the same field as you is the last thing one would think to do. Well unity is what Kings Rule Together is all about. Relying on others and highlighting your peers not only lifts others up but in turn helps to lift you up as well.
I decided to bring out five of the hottest young brands out of Philadelphia that I admire, and use their owners to collaborate in a photo shoot. With each brand having a distinct style and following, one thing that we all have in common are “Tees & Tanks”. Each shirt shows 5 different perspectives on style.
A tank top is not only the new summer essential but a confident man’s best friend. Only to be worn during certain occasions but it’s fitting to beat the summer heat and still remain fashionable. Most men may shy away from this item because they’re not fit enough or just self conscious. Playing it safe and sticking to a T-shirt is still quite fine too. – K.R.T.
Growing up in the 80s & 90s with a passion for art Don Scott, owner of THE DNTN BRAND, evolved his company from the Don-Ation Clothing Brand. Not considering himself a fashion designer, Don is an artist transitioning his art into a wearable form. The DNTN Brand has become one of the most anticipated Philadelphia clothing lines and has been adopted by the urban/streetwear/hip hop & art community scene. With his new premium artwear collection rising and his keen artistic ability DNTN Brand is poised to make a creative splash.
“Intellectually Artistic” is a phrase that can somewhat describe Abstract Thought! Founded in 2007 by William Nearn Jr., Abstract Thought’s purpose is to design and distribute a unique type of clothing that will create its own timeless genre. They also challenge the consumer to derive his/her own understanding of their shirts in addition to hosting some of the dopest T-shirt release parties in the city. Their motto is “Always Think Abstract”
Founder Gianni Lee & fellow Babylon Cartel members burst onto the City of Brotherly Love’s fashion scene with extremely colorful energy and unique style. Babylon Cartel was founded on the notion of “Pushing the Envelope” in street wear. Babylon wants to become a social hub that consumers relate to. We want to be the brand that you connect with on a day to day basis. Dressing up or dressing down, Babylon Cartel will not only be there for you to wear, but you can also be apart of “Babylon Cartel”.
King Rule Together started in November 2010 as a way to showcase my different endeavors in fashion, styling, event planning and style. The mantra of Kings Rule Together is a focus on bringing together men’s fashion and talented purveyors of men’s style. Kings Rule Together is a collective of gentlemen who understand the dynamics of not only dressing the part, but of being the part. It is my hope to showcase the Kings Inspire Kings tee-shirt and tank as a shining example of how what a person wears can serve as an inspiration for others. In the future, I envision Kings Rule Together the clothing brand as an extension of my style and an embodiment of the future of men’s fashion.
AnmlHse (pronounced Animal House) is a Philadelphia based company, formed by a group of college students concentrating in the visual arts field. Founded by Jonny Rabbit & PandaReemy, AnmlHse is a company surrounded by a brotherhood, which they call The AnmlHse Crew. This weird cast of characters serve as a foundation to their company and brings much to the table with each person’s individual talent. As a brand fully operating in it’s college years, they strive to showcase life experiences; whether it be struggling, entertaining, or being successful, they hope that most people will be entertained by their daily ventures.
Check out the all of the brands featured:
“The Last Man Standing”
When I first met the owner of Young Couture magazine Amurri Lauren I didn’t know what to expect. One thing I did know is that she had done her research on me and as we began to pick each other’s brains I was very intrigued by her vision for her new online magazine.
The idea she used to describe my shoot were “Last Man Standing”. The idea is that in a men’s fashion world that is one dimensional, I am the last stylish man standing. I was extremely flattered by the depiction and it was an honor to work with such a talented crew including photographers Misha V. & Chris Ackrivo.
Check out more photos and what I wore on the “Last Man Standing” shoot and watch the video “Fancy” featuring myself, Saleem from Cherry Pie and Rodney ONeal McKnight. K.R.T.
King’s Wardobe Desription:
- Pink caradigan by Moods of Norway
- Floral pattern button up by Moods of Norway
- Vintage tie from House of Ra’oof
- Plaid duffle by Fred Perry
- Plaid pants by BDG
- Floral embordior leather sneakers by Paul Smith
A King’s wardrobe description:
- Fedora from House of Ra’oof
- Vintage Vest from House of Ra’oof
- Blazer by Levi’s
- Watch by Nelson
- Pants by Club Monaco
- Wingtip shoes by Alfred Sargent
King’s Wardrobe description:
- Glasses by Cazel
- Denim fidel hat by Diesel
- Lumberjack Shirt by Pendleton
- Jeans by Rugby by Ralph Lauren
- Boots by John Varvatos
“Back when they thought pink polos would hurt the Roc…” -Kanye West
Your typical wardrobe is full of blue, brown, black, white and grey. It’s ok to play it safe but try infusing a variety of colors into your wardrobe and you’ll be glad you did it. The usually feminine color pink, is something most men feel like they can’t pull off. From amongst the most common reasons men shy away from the color is fearing judgment from peers. The fact is, pink is not something that you should be afraid of. Pink is finding its way into most menswear – from cardigans, dress shirts, ties and other accessories, pink is definitely becoming the new essential color. K.R.T.
What colors goes well with Pink:
- Pink & most Blue tones
- Pink & Black
- Pink & Brown
- Pink & Tan
- Pink & Grey
- Pink & Purple
- Pink & most Greens
King’s wardrobe description:
- Fedora by Peter Grimm
- Glasses from House of Ra’oof
- Seersucker Blazer by Ralph Lauren
- Belt by J Crew
- Socks by Paul Smith
- Cranberry Moccasin by Bottega Veneta
Erik Honesty’s wardrobe description:
- Glasses by Christian Dior
- Bow tie from Cultured Couture Vintage
- Watch by Elgin
- Vintage vest from Cultured Couture Vintage
- Jeans by Ralph Lauren Double RL
- Shoes by Gucci
Karon Byers wardrobe description:
- Three Collar Button up from Cultured Couture Vintage
- Watch by Timex
- Vintage backpack
- Strawberry Bleach Sash & Bandana by House of Ra’oof Animated Man
- Pink chino’s by H&M
- Sneakers by Van
Taji Nahl’s wardrobe description:
- British officer jacket by House of Ra’oof Animated Man
- Vintage Glasses from Cultured Couture Vintage
- Pink Button up by Armani
- Vintage Belt
- 1960 modernist ring
- White linen pants by J Lindeburg
- Loafers by Gucci
“A study showed that Pink has a subduing effect on those suffering emotional distress”
“women love pink and are more likely to give you a second glance”
“Arguably the basis is that someone who’s self-evidently “masculine” doesn’t need to demonstrate his masculinity in the stereotypical ways”
“Pink is the new Black”
Photos by Nema Etebar
I recently did a photo shoot with Cultured Couture Vintage modeling some of the great pieces they carry in the store. A collaboration of 6 models, we were able to put our own twist on the store’s rare pieces. The best thing about Cultured Couture Vintage is that they carry high quality vintage from exclusive brands like Lanvin, YSL, polo Ralph Lauren, Gianfranco Ferre, Paul Smith, Ozwald Boateng, Brooks Brothers, Louis Vuttion and many more.
Photos were taken by Bryant Nnadi. Cultured Couture Vintage owned by Erik Honesty
Check out some of the pictures from the shoot
KRT Gentleman is a segment where I highlight three different things; my styling, the photographer & a talented King or group of Kings. My definition of a King is a gentleman who is highly respected in his field, carries himself with the utmost dignity and holds a preeminent position among his peers. Bringing together talented individuals and highlighting their endeavors helps spread the unity and further the Kings Rule Together mission.
This month’s talent consist of three gentleman who are making a name for themselves in more ways then one.
Thomas Davis is a student at Community College of Philadelphia, known by many for his unique style and personality. Thomas latest accomplishment include being the Style Editor for 215 Magazine, freelance Modeling as well as being a Fashion Consultant and Personal Shopper for up and coming brands here in the city of Philadelphia. Thomas wants to make his mark on the national and international fashion scene.
- Button up flannel with hoodie by 55dsl
- K.R.T brooch pin by Successories
- Vintage fatigue Snap-back hat
- Corduroy pants by BDG
Dj Phsh known for his wild hair and his spontaneous personality was exposed to art and music by his parents. The son of two theater majors, he understood his creative nature at a very young age. He has taken these artistic elements and incorporated them into his DJing, offering a unique aesthetic on the turntables that can rock any party. Currently he holds a weekly party (Superdope) held at Fluid nightclub every Tuesday and is generating lots of buzz. Having recently turned 21, the young DJ/Producer/Man of Vision is ready to move forward to become a Philly music legend.
- Graphic V-neck shirt by Desigual
- Hoodie by Smoke Rise
- Jeans by Rivet De Cru
- Brooch by Successories
Christopher Timberlake is a model from Philadelphia, PA. He established his modeling career 6 yrs ago, and has since developed a strong presence in print and on the runway! Timberlake has modeled in a number of fashion shows for well known designers, and has had the honor of being chosen to be a model during NY Fashion Week! Most recently, Timberlake was selected to model in the show for Philadelphia native, Nafis of Kevin Michael Boutique. In addition to pursuing modeling and establishing a name for himself, Timberlake ultimately aspires to model for GQ Magazine.
- Graphic tee by Desigual
- Plaid button up by Just Another Cheap shirt
- Custom Cult of Individuality jean jacket by Colaborative Laboratory
- Jeans by Cult of Individuality
- Louis Vutton print key chain by Successories
All Clothes provide by Kamouflage Concept Store
Located in Cheltenham Square Mall 2385 West Cheltenham Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19150
Photography by Sik Photography
Fashion Hippie: n; A person who is easily recognized among the social norm through positive rebellion with his own style.
When fighting the stereotype reminiscence of the 60′s age of Flower Power inspires my floral patterns. The main thoughts extracted from the hippie was to be yourself & to influence society into a safe place. They dressed in a way that was comfortable, had often bright colors which was decorated by flowers. This was a promotion of peace. The gratitude of a free man shown in his outer appearance can change society. In other words, The outer directly affects the inner.
Photo credit: Taji Nahl
Photo edited by: Johnny Rabbit
- Fedora by Peter Grimm
- Glasses by Calvin Klein
- Vintage Blazer from Retropect
- Knit Tie from Top Man
- Grey sweatshirt by Diesel
- Bracelet by Babyloncartel Rare Collectables
- Vintage YSL Belt from Cultured Couture
- Navy Pants by Marc by Marc
- Shoes by Polo
- Briefcase from House of Ra’oof
I recently styled a photoshoot for my friend Evis who is the owner of a vintage store called I Luv Vintage Boutique. I Luv Vintage is a new boutique that sells an eclectic mix of authentic vintage clothing from the 40s-80s. The photo shoot was a mixture of American Apparel basics and authentic vintage clothing. With the help of local stylist Candance Whaley & Lacora (model as well) we were able to bring together everyone’s styles seamlessly. I Luv Vintage does on the spot styling to fit any and everyone’s personal style. The boutqie is located at 3624 Lancaster Ave. Phila. Pa 19104.
Also follow them on twitter at @I LUVVINTAGE
Photography: Samuel Eli
Stylist: Lacora Emerson, Candance Whaley and Myself
Wardrobe by Saleem of Cherry Pie Swim Wear & I Luv Vintage Boutique
Accessories are becoming a key essential in mens fashion. Wearing a plain outfit can go a long way when you accessorize it well. Brandon Jones who is the owner of a accessories line called Successories recently asked me to participate in his photo shoot with 10 other creative peole which took place at Ubiqlife.
The meaning of Successories is that when you reach for success the sky is the limit. Successories is not your average accessories line, each piece tells a story for the wearer. They also provide custom pieces; of course I had to get a custom “KRT” piece done. Pieces include brooches, earrings, rings, bracelets, chains, hair clips, bow ties etc. You can catch Successories in Mitchell & Ness on top of Ubiq on 1509 Walnut Street Phila, Pa 19102. K.R.T.
- Jovi (Dj)
- Natasha Redd (model/actress/singer)
- Helado Chris (blogger/graphic designer/upcoming fashion designer LAVI$H SOCIETY COMING SOON)
- Stephanie Nicole (Marketing/Pr/bartender)
- Lil O (Hiphop dancer from Monster Squad)
- Lawrence Perry (owner of Orangeline Philly)
- Luis Marrero (Spoken word artist)
- Chill Moody (Hip Hop Artist)
- Cherrie Zheng (Style Blogger and Stylist for Neiman Marcus)
- Lafayette Kanard (songwriter, personal stylist, and HIV @ AIDS Peer Educator)
- Joshua Mayo (videographer, photographer, creator of the DAFTPHUNK clothing line, half of the ILLKIDS (producers), half of LAVISH SOCIETY, artist)
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
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
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.
During Mercedes Benz Fashion week there are a plethora of swanky parties and events. I was able to attend one such party for the Spring 2011 QVC & Vogue collaboration. The party was filled with celebrity designers, stylists & even actors. It was a very high caliber event complete with open bar, high fashion models and a runway show.
The beautiful Kim & Kourtney Kardashian talking about there line at QVC called KDash
Check out more pictures from the QVC x Vogue event