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.
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.
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
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.
“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.
Arts, Beats and Eats is an event that creates an escape from the mindset of people who believe there is no one else in the city that shares the same creativity or passion. Every first Sunday Shaheed Rucker, Gianni Lee and myself, create an atmosphere that allows people to bring forth their talents. Also, while contributing to the well-being of society through health, initiatives, and community service efforts. Our goal within the few hours of this event is for everyone to network, and leave not only inspired but with long term memories and relationships. -K.R.T.
Live Artist: Bariq Cobbs
Spoken word Artist: Ryan Brooks
Special thanks to the vendors and attendees as we look forward to you next month for our Arts, Beats and Eats ”Toy Drive” December 4th
“What you use to carry your belongings speaks volume”
I think men are starting to realize how important a bag is. The stereotype of it being considered a women’s accessory is being thrown out of the window. Having a bag to carry your everyday essentials is key, not only for keeping your pockets from bulging but to compliment your outfit with the silhouette of this functional accessory. – K.R.T.
Check out pictures of the stylish men and their bags and don’t forget to check out the last Street Kings: Bag Edition
“The man behind the lens”
During my NYFW journey I noticed an abundance of stylish photographers. It seems as though none of them overdid their style for fashion week and were more effortless and they stayed consistent throughout the days. With the focus away from being captured these street kings captured the essence of the street style during this fashion filled week. Check out a few of some of the stylish photographers of NYFW. – K.R.T.
Do you recognize any of these Photographers?
Luella Mink & myself. Picture taken with her Polaroid camera. Looks like we’re from the 80′s.
Outside of The Brooklyn Circus with Keino Benjamin. I see him so much that it was Kings Recognize King. Check his feature out in latest issue by Ebony called “The Gentlemans Club”.
This picture was taken for a site called Ny.racked.com.
A Kings Wardrobe Description:
- Cazel Glasses
- Surrealist vintage shirt
- Vintage belt
- Dark denim Naked & Famous jeans
- Vintage Red Slippers
What do you think about my outfit?
Every first Sunday of the month Shaheed Rucker of Changemakers Org & Gianni Lee of Babyloncartel & myself host a social mixer called Arts, Beats & Eats. We like to bring out the best in our attendees from choices of music, conversation & even style. So I have been featuring the best dressed male every Sunday on my blog for a style feature called ABE Best Dressed Spotlight (Check out last month’s winner Zombie Flyed Nation).
This contest is not necessarily a competition just another way to get the gentleman who attend to to step it up and come dressed appropriately. Having a room of stylish men is a bit challenging to just pick one so I have to judge on many things including originality, style, swagger and consistency.
This month winner was also 1 part of the spoken word artist duo that night. Luis Marrero is the CEO of Voices In Power ” We are only heard if we speak”. Currently they hold a poetry slam at The HeadHouse every third Sunday from 6:30-9:00pm. He has been also falling into hosting many arts events in Philadelphia along the lines of sound and images. Check out Luis Marrero’s style & detail shots captured below. – K.R.T.
Luis’ Wardrobe Description:
- Hat: Urban Outfitters
- Blazer: ASOS
- Shirt: J.Crew
- Tie: Vintage
- Pants: Levis 511 Cords
- Boots: Ariat
- Tie Clip: Ebay
- Pocket Square: BeautiesLTD.com
- Belt: H&M Suspenders
- Watch: Timex
- Leather Bracelet: ASOS
Be sure to check us out next month. Arts Beats & Eats “Breast Cancer Awareness”
10.2.11 – Primo Bacio – Towers At Wyncote – 8460 Limekiln Pk – 7pm-11pm
Each month our network of young artist & young professionals assemble to contribute to various causes that are not only beneficial to their careers but the community as well. This Arts Beats & Eats was dedicated to bringing in school supplies for children in need to help them start the school year off right. Under a cool atmosphere of good music, art, vending and good people our organization along with our supporters made that happen. Together we collected loads of school supplies to help children for the academic school year.
Each 1st sunday of the month we share ideas, laughs and crafts at Primo Bacio Ristorante. We look forward to the month of October where we will dedicate our energy towards “Breast Cancer Awareness”. – K.R.T.
Arts Beats & Eats “Breast Cancer Awareness”
10.2.11 – Primo Bacio – Towers At Wyncote – 8460 Limekiln Pk – 7pm-11pm
Photos by Lamont D Nyce
“Come help us donate school supplies to hundreds of needy children”
Arts, Beats and 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. Arts, Beats & Eats is an event where individuals can grow personally and professionally. Monthly themes focus on “giving back” through toy, book, clothing and food drives. Other themes surround educating our guest on health, political and social ills that plague our community. Individuals are able to enjoy live art, spoken word and fine music while shopping different local vendors.
This month’s theme is our “School Supply Drive”. Come help us donate well-needed school supplies to hundreds of children to start their 2011-2012 school year.
Admission: $10 with school supplies & $15 without
Location: Primo Bacio Ristorante (8460 Limekiln pike) Towers at Wyncote. 7pm-11pm
Twitter Hashtag: #ABE
“Voice of the Young people”
What would your perfect male or female look like? Trey Songz, Lil Wayne & Nicki Minaj were the answers the young adults at The Leon Sullivan building gave on a Saturday morning. Those are some of the people that today’s generation look up to. Concerned Black Men, myself & a few others, were given the opportunity to participate in a mini presentation workshop for Mothers In Charge called “Chop It Up”. The phrase “chop it up” simply means to converse or to have a conversation with someone. “Chop It Up” was an opportunity for me to advocate to the many young folks affected by violence, while also encouraging and motivating them. Although, this wasn’t my first time talking to young adults, I must admit, I was a bit nervous.
I take a lot of pride in community affairs as a young gentleman because I feel as though kids can enjoy my story and relate to me because of our age similarities. Receiving advice from my peers was not an option for me while growing up; it was always someone much older. The main message I wanted to get across was to be yourself and get your education. Also, showing and telling them the things that I have accomplished as well as the struggles I have encountered. – K.R.T.
A King’s advice to young adults:
- Take school seriously
- Get a job: There is nothing wrong working at McDonald’s
- Save your money while still living with your parents
- Dressing a certain way you will be approach a certain way
- Carry yourself with respect
- Pull your pants up
- If your going to get tattoos avoid face/hands
- Dress appropriately
- Build a relationship with your parents or a older person
- Stay away from reality Tv
“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
Every first Sunday of the month Shaheed Rucker of Changemakers Org, Gianni Lee of Babyloncartel & myself host a social mixer called Arts, Beats & Eats. We like to bring out the best in our attendees from choices of music, conversation & even style. So I have been featuring the best dressed male every Sunday on my blog for a style feature called Arts, Beats & Eats Best Dressed Spotlight (Check out the last month’s winner Brad Pointer).
I can honestly say it was a hard choice. There were so many stylish gentlemen that night that I decided to choose two. Yasin Nahl & Charles Holmes, both in their early 20′s are the owners and designers behind Zombie Flyed Nation. With only 6 months into their reconstructed vintage & street wear brand they have already been featured in fashion shows throughout the area. Both gentlemen have a distinct look that they merge to create a unique style.
You may know the last name of Yasin, as he s the son of Taji Nahl of House of Ra’oof. His dad is a major influence on the way he shops and having an eye for good vintage. Beside him being a model for Debonaire’ Models, he is always dressed very put together and incorporates vintage into his looks seamlessly.
Charles stood out to me because pinstripes pants are my favorite and to see him wearing a pair caught my eye. I also like to see people create a great outfit from seemingly “basic” elements. Charles’ hat was a plain hat until he added the patches and he did the same with his sweatshirt. This spotlight is also about consistency and these two young kings display true style every month at Arts, Beats and Eats. – K.R.T.
Charles wardrobe description:
- Hat by Zombie Flyed
- Sweat shirt by Zombie Flyed
- Pinstripe Pants by H&M
- Shoes by Zara
Yasin’s wardrobe description:
- Shirt by Vintage Brooks Brothers
- Pants by Levi’s super skinny
- Vest by House of Ra’oof
- Shoes by Bruno Magli
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:
Last year was my first time at the Mad Decent Block Party. What started out around the Mausoleum at 12th and Spring Garden has gradually gotten huge and spread to cities like New York, Chicago, and L.A., as well as Philly this year. Now in it’s fourth year, Mad Decent Block Party is becoming a summer tradition and this year it moved to the Piazza in Northern Liberties. Jammed packed with many different styles and people, Mad Decent was a perfect opportunity to capture stylish Kings in their element; vibing to good music and having a great time. -KRT
Each first Sunday of the month Shaheed Rucker of Change Makers, Gianni Lee of Babylon Cartel and myself plan a social mixer called Arts, Beats & Eats. Arts Beats & Eats features different local vendors and artists that display their latest projects. Complimentary buffet is served for guests as they socialize to further their careers goals while listening to great music and monthly featured spoken word artists and comedians.
Arts, Beats & Eats contributes to the well-being of society through health initiatives and community service efforts. It is an event where individuals can grow personally and professionally. Monthly themes focus on “giving back” through toy, book, clothing and food drives. Other themes include educating our guests on health, political and social ills that plague our community.
This month’s theme is “Health & Wellness”.
I also will be doing Arts Beats & Eats Best Dressed Spotlight where I will give the best dressed gentleman of the night a style feature on Kings Rule Together.
Arts Beats & Eats will be held June 5th 2011 at Primo Bacio Ristorante (8460 Limekiln Pike ) Towers at Wyncote from 7 pm-11 pm.
Get your tickets in advance for 10$ http://artsbeatseats.event
I’m back at it again as the wardrobe director for a new stage play “Popular”. Written and directed by the award winning playwright & director Shenille Latrice, who debuted her play “When the Smoke Cleared” to over 2,000 people. She is back with her sophomore project and this time around Latrice has created an ingenious production designed to provide audience members with a step by step, inside look at becoming “THE MAN or THE WOMAN” aka what it means to be Popular!
Check out this video on the stage play “Popular”
“I believe Philly has been a ghost writer for culture in America”
Everyone takes pride in the city where they are from. So it was a must that I give my take on this article GQ wrote pertaining to the 40 Worst-Dress Cities in America. First and foremost I totally disagree with Philly as well as other cities even being considered amongst the worst dressed cities in America. Although Philadelphia may get complacent in popular trends they still have the ability to introduce cutting edge style. Philadelphia has even been considered the “Swagger Capitol”. I honestly think that GQ isn’t in touch with style and culture in most cities judging by this elitist list & lack of journalism. There isn’t enough press or street style photography in Philadelphia, due to the lack of a fashion network to capture the true street culture.
The comment about Michael Vicks Jersey’s and Cheese steak stains is an insult and proves ones lack of exposure to our world. Every celebrity from Philadelphia has shown style and originality and unlike most this was embedded from their upbringing and not hand delivered by a stylist. Philadelphia is not a little brother to New York nor the 6th borough, but rather Philadelphia has been able to inspire other cities as well as reinterpret what has been inspired to us. I believe Philly has been a ghost writer for culture in America, but because of our lack of press and tech saavy we do not get the recognition we deserve.
According to Wikipedia, ”a fashion city should be an object of inspiration for the professionals that live there and posses an active, vivid, strong and unique sub-culture that inspires not only fashion professionals but also the people in the city, turning the street style and street culture into an essential characteristic”. Based on the developments of fashion and street culture, Philly has been a major influence in the Tri-state area which is a major influence to the rest of the world. Philadelphia clearly fits in the definition of a fashion city. From Ye ole revolutionary times to present, from vintage Americana to contemporary, from tailored suits to street wear it it this mix of fashion, business, entertainment, culture, and leisure that positions Philly as an attractive and internationally recognized fashion center with a distinct and strong swag. -KRT
Stylish Men I captured on the Streets of Philadelphia:
More Perspectives on Philly being worst dressed:
Check me out on GQ during fashion week here
What are your thoughts on Philly style and us being considered worst-dressed?