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.
One of Kings Rule Together supporters Bow Wow was recently seen wearing K.R.T. Apparel on more than one occasion. The picture above shows the entertainer at work hosting the B.E.T. hit series 106 and Park wearing our “Young King” hoodie in red.
The picture below shows Bow Wow hanging out with a group of friends enjoying lunch, while wearing our “Young King” hoodie again but in Black. I guess its easy to say that Bow Wow considers himself a “Young King”. This hoodie is availble for purchase at our online store. – K.R.T.
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.
“putting your heart into your art and breaking limitations”
Kings Rule Together second time collaborating on a product is with the Philadelphia based brand Natrl Born Heart Brkers. Natrl Born Heart Brkers is all about putting your heart into your art and breaking limitations, which is what Kings Rule Together is all about. I decide to incorporate the popular ”Kings INSPIRE Kings,” and “Queens INSPIRE Kings” Designs into the pins because I believe in these motto’s wholeheartedly. In an effort to continue sharing these beliefs, Natrl Born Heart Brkers and I decided that another collaboration was the best option.
As you can see from the video, the pins are hand painted and crafted with precision and care. The finished product is a reflection of the heart of both brands, and can be chosen in 4 different styles for Kings and Queens alike. – K.R.T.
The K.R.T. X NBHB collaborative pins can be found HERE.
“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.
“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.
Saturday wasn’t just a regular day on the popular fashion landmark Walnut street. This day was the Rittenhouse Row Spring festival where streets were blocked off from Broad Street to 19th and Walnut. Rittenhouse Row showcases some of Philadelphia’s finest fashions, cuisines and entertainment. This occasion was exciting to say the least and like any other day on Walnut, the fashion-forward people were out and about on the busy street. As always I had my camera on my shoulder, but for some reason I only took pictures of one guy in particular which was Adrian Hardy.
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.
I recently had the opportunity and pleasure of visiting the beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah. Not knowing how beautiful it was until my visit, the one commodity that I knew of was the NBA basketball team The Utah Jazz. With the breath-taking scenery with every turn of the head, the carefully thought through layout of the architecture, as well as the population of 181,743 of those who resided there was a sight to see. As beautiful as the city was my focus was to figure out if this city had any sense of style. I wouldn’t say the entire city did, but the few that did possess some sort of style stood out from the rest.
Despite me getting getting turned down from taking pictures of people half of the time (which may be due to the fact that they aren’t used to random people taking their pictures), nonetheless I was able to find a few diamonds in the rough. You be the judge and let me know what you think about this city’s sense of fashion from my view point. – K.R.T.
In order for the King to rule he must have a unified understanding with his Queen, team work makes the dream work. That is the message behind bringing out these new designs for the Queens. You can now purchase these items on the new online store HERE - K.R.T.
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.
Every woman has a “little black dress” in her closet. Now KRT introduce’s the “Little Black Tank,” its truly an essential in every Queen’s wardrobe. Purchase your’s HERE. – K.R.T.
Only in Philadelphia can a Duke inspire a King. Recently, Kings Rule Together (K.R.T.) completed our first collaboration t-shirt with noted hipster brand Duke & Winston. This collabo itself was inspired by D & W’s owner Seun Olubosum and myself after our first partnered event at the Philadelphia Apple store in mid March. The event “Kings Inspire Dukes,” sponsored by Hylo Boutiques focused on the beneficial roles that technology and social media play in brand-building in today’s fast-paced retail market.
This exclusive edition tee is now available for a limited time on the K.R.T. online store, get yours before its gone! HERE
Check out the video Below.
Photography by Ricky Codio
Videography by Derrick Woodyard
“There is something special about Japanese Fashion”
This video just gives you a taste of what I experienced during my Las Vegas trip for PROJECT. It was truly an inspiring workshop, the above Vimeo clip describes the innovative backgrounds of Japanese fashion that was being featured in the Project Wooster section curated by Men’s fashion icon Nickelson Wooster.
The folling people are featured in this video.
- Jim Moore (GQ)
- Todd Snyder (TODD SNYDER)
- Ryan (PARABELLUM)
- Jeremiah Mandel (ALOHA RAG)
- Tokihito Yoshida (TO-KI-TO)
The K.R.T. Unity t-shirt was designed to promote a undivided group of men at their peek, by showing style and character as they work together while maintain their King structure. You can now purchase this item in both Black and heather gray HERE - K.R.T.
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 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.
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.
“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.
I’m always looking for stylish people to shoot on the street, some areas are more abundant with style then others. There have been days when I went out looking for people to shoot and didn’t find anybody. So when the opportunity presented itself after my interview with Marcus Troy “hint” it was much appreciated due to the fact that some of the most stylish people in the world were in one place. Check out these cool guys I had the pleasure of photographing at Project Las Vegas.- K.R.T.
“GQ.com loves the Young King”
Its always an honor to be photographed by Tommy Ton for GQ.com. This was my fourth time being on the top men’s fashion site. This time I was next to a fellow blogger friend Steven of ostentationandstyle. I really like how we look cohesive but with two different type of styles. Check out more Street Style shots on GQ HERE. – K.R.T.