K.R.T will be supporting our good friends over at a Indochino’s Traveling Tailor Series as they make there way to Philadelphia from May 14th through the 27th at 1518 Walnut Street.
During this pop up shop Indochino’s experts will measure you up for custom suits, shirts and outerwear. If you book an appointment and purchase a suit, you’ll be treated to a free custom shirt and gift set too ($160 value, available in limited quantities). Come out and get suited up like a King. Support the brand K.R.T by supporting Indochino. Can’t wait to see you there.
Be sure to share your experience on the web with hash tag #SuitUpPHI.
To book an appointment click below:
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 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.
Five of the most influential brands (Chill Moody, Billy Abstract (Abstract Thought), Beano, Villa and Curran J of K.R.T.) are at the forefront of the new renaissance in Philadelphia. We are combining our energy and resources to put together dope events, projects and overall opportunities of Philadelphia’s finest artist.
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.
“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.
“How do you feel pop culture influences peoples perception of sex?” -DJ Damage (GenerationNext: Uncovered)
Recently Kings Rule Together had the opportunity to be part of a great production titled “GenerationNext: Uncovered” which was produced, directed, and written by Shenille Latrice, CEO & Founder of iChoose2live.
Some of the topics that were mentioned were:
1. Why is Philly burning? (Philly’s in the top 10 cities for most STD’s!)
2. Why are teens not strapping up?
4. Getting naked for social media
5. Is it Beyonce or Lil Waynes fault?
6. Who’s fault is it that you got burnt?
7. Do you need to get tested?
The documentary features DJ Damage (Radio Personality for Hot 107.9/BET On-Air Personality 106th & Park), GoGo Morrow (Singer, Songwriter Dancer – Toured w/Lady Gaga), Melissa Hopely –(International Speaker) and Lafayette Kanard (Philly Stylist & Designer).
PRODUCED, DIRECTED, & WRITTEN BY: Shenille Latrice
DP: Patryk Depa High DEPinition
ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS & WRITERS: Tobi Gadison and Ayla Tolosa
MUSIC BY: DJ Travelling Miles and Shawn from Cali
Please share the video! Thank you for watching!
Take advantage of the MIND-BLOWING deals that we have in store for you during our first annual Black Friday/ Cyber Monday sale event from Midnight November 23- Midnight November 26, 2012.
Don’t miss your chance to purchase $15 t-shirts and $10 tanks while the sale lasts. In addition to those great deals you will also receive 25% off your total purchase at checkout when you enter KRTBLACKFRIDAY at our online SHOP!
If you are signed up to our mailing list you already know about this. If not, make sure you sign up to enjoy future offers and updates from your number one lifestyle brand. - K.R.T.
“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
“Killing two birds with one stone”
I recently had the opportunity to style the leading man Kevin Moore in R&B singer Vivian Green’s come back video “Anybody Out There” directed by
Patryk Depa. I styled Moore in all three outfits provided by Kembrel and Culture Couture Vintage. Of course one of his looks would be the signature K.R.T. “Kings Inspire Kings” T-shirt. (white with baby blue inspire) available Here. Check out the video below. – K.R.T.
Blazer and v-neck provide by Kembrel
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.
To be considered a true gentleman of style one must demonstrate the proper etiquette in both appearance and behavior: knowing how to treat your Queen, what to wear to an event, how to work the room with just your charm… having proper etiquette at any given time, no matter the circumstance. Most men nowadays may not learn this from a father figure, which is why I appreciate my mother for the way she raised me. I can honestly say she taught me how to be a gentleman or, at the least, demonstrated her idea of what she thought it took to raise a young King. Queens really do inspire Kings to better themselves.
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.
When we were younger, most schools had what was known as a “Career Day.” This day would consist of professionals coming in to discuss what their occupation was, what went on throughout their day, and the steps that it would take to get there. Of course it was great that they came to speak with the students, but there was a running pattern in regards to their occupations. These people were normally police officers, fire fighters, doctors, teachers and lawyers, which was perfectly fine.
The young King recently interviewed Philadelphia-based DJ, DJ Aktive. Dj Aktive is currently the tour DJ for Kanye West. Throughout, the years he has worked with Philadelphia R & B artist, Musiq Soulchild, R & B recording artist, Marsha Ambrosius, and others.
DJing is not just about playing everyone’s favorite music, because if that was the case we all could be a DJ. Just like any other craft, there is an artistry behind DJing. This day and age many of the up and coming DJ’s do not stay true to the original art form of DJing, because of technology progressing and everything becoming more simplified. DJ Aktive on the other hand is a well-rounded DJ who has taken the time to perfect his craft, knowing both how to mix and scratch.
“I taught myself how to mix,” DJ Aktive explains in the video. “As far as scratching I learned that from Jazzy Jeff, Cash Money, and DJ Demo.”
DJ Aktive in the video is sporting one of Kings Rule Together’s “Young King” shirts, and speaks of how he likes the KRT line as a whole, because of its overall message- “Unity.” He explains in the video his style when performing as a DJ, as well as offering advice to up and coming DJ’s.
His closing statement was that with anything that you do, consistency will always remain the key to success and I couldn’t have said that any better myself.
There was a time when I would wear a blazer without a pocket square and thought nothing of it. Maybe because I thought of it as just a handkerchief with no real purpose, or maybe it just reminded me of old men. I never realized how much of an impact this small accessory could make on an outfit, giving it that perfect polish. Every time I see a well dressed man in a suit or blazer, I look to see if he has a pocket square or how he accessorizes his look. Now whenever I wear a blazer of any kind, pocket squares are my go to accessory.
“a few styles on one street corner”
The other day, while posted on 17th and Samson, I was holding my camera while engaged in a conversation with my friends Shaheed and BigRube. My eyes were wandering, looking around for that one person that deserved a snap shot. I noticed a few well-dressed women which cut our conversation short, they stood out to me amongst the crowded street.