Social media has changed the way we consume media and merged local and digital communities over the past decade. Mobile devices have taken over and Instagram has become a central source of news for those whose parents turn to newspapers. Becoming an expert on trends can be done with the search of a hashtag and an exploration of a timeline. That process of discovering the coolest shoes and finest clothing has landed KicksTQ a major social media following.
TQ is a native of Kuwait and an avid sneaker collector, which is apparent when visiting his Instagram page, @KicksTQ. From owning every Yeezy shoe ever released, to a Jordan collection that can break backboards, and with designer sneakers that would make Lagerfeld smile, TQ’s shoe collection is certainly one of the best – if not the best in the world. The community which surrounds pages like @Outfitgrid, @Simple.Fits, @JordanDepot, have all gravitated towards TQ’s feed.
Despite collecting for years and always having heat on his feet, TQ’s first recognition as an influencer came when @Outfitgrid posted his picture. “It wasn’t until Outfitgrid that people were attracted to my style.” His online persona began to develop as a fashion influencer after being recognized by the bigger fashion social media pages and websites. People turned into fans as KicksTQ uploaded grail after grail, and it wasn’t just his shoes. Folks follow TQ because he has the ability to acquire some of the most sought after items and put them together in a well-executed outfit.
As a brand, we have known TQ for about a year and we were instantly drawn to the style and aesthetic expressed on his Instagram page. His style melds the most desirable, notable, and obscure cult brands from around the world. TQ has established a persona which embodies only the best in fashion. We’re honored to collaborate with him on his first capsule collection.
We met TQ for the first time in May 2016, when he flew to Los Angeles to visit friends. We spent the day developing the capsule, selecting fabrics and washes, and showing him around downtown LA.
We asked him to reflect back on the trip and he replied,
“The weather and overall vibe was great. I discovered DTLA for the first time and saw how fast it’s developing. What surprised me about LA was that it’s more than what you see on television. There is a great deal of culture that varies throughout the city that makes it an even more desirable place to visit.”
We started the collection by asking the question, what is essential?
For TQ, essentials are “the must have pieces you should have in your wardrobe. The style of an essential piece should be timeless, simple, and versatile, which is directly reflected in the pieces I chose to go with in the capsule.”
The first piece we decided to create was inspired by TQ’s favorite jacket, a classic Levi’s denim trucker jacket. Jackets are a great piece for guys to express their fashion character and this timeless fashion staple laid the perfect foundation to form the rest of the outfit. We selected a 9.5-oz white denim fabric from Cone Mills in Greensboro, North Carolina, decided on a light stone and enzyme wash to loosen the fabric and provide character, and added distressing to the right arm for a light touch of detail.
Much like how we dress, color played a key role in deciding the rest of the outfit. We noticed that a minimal aesthetic and simple colors characterized his Instagram and wardrobe, which is built around letting his shoes shine. TQ will accessorize with a Rolex watch or Saint Laurent jacket, but the focus for him is the shoes. It’s difficult to come up with a better way to feature your shoes than dressing the body in neutral colors. TQ says you “can’t go wrong with jet black” and black jeans were the perfect choice for the second piece due to their extreme versatility and ability to coordinate with almost anything. We decided on a skinny fit made from a fine twill 98% cotton 2% spandex fabric with slight stretch for comfort, similar to what TQ typically wears.
TQ elected to keep the black color for the shirt and picked our hi-lo hem shirt for the silhouette. We asked our fabric suppliers for the best possible fabric to use and we selected a 100% modal fabric that had been compacted in a special machine to thicken the fabric more than typical modal so your skin doesn’t show through. Modal has a silky soft hand and is typically used by expensive high-end brands.
The hat was the final piece to top off the outfit and we decided on a black embroidered dad hat to commemorate the experience and coordinate with the black and white color scheme.
Every piece of this collection is great by itself, but put it all together and you have a versatile outfit that can be easily worn with a wide variety of shoes and will complement your wardrobe. The entire capsule collection was made in Los Angeles, California, USA, and Entity is proud to present the KicksTQ Essential Collection to you.
This collaboration is a testament to the power of the internet to globally unite diverse people through a shared love of fashion.
Elevating the Bleach Wash trend with the use of color.
When we decided to do our Bleach Wash Capsule Collection we didn’t know what to expect. It was a bit out of our realm so we decided to make it a limited release. We saw a high demand for our bleach wash shirts and decided to elevate them with our latest drop.
Stripe Shirts are a necessity as the warmer temperatures approach.
Stripes are a regular part of the fashion cycle, coming in and out of style at its leisure, and they are definitely in trend right now. Naturally, we’re applying this staple pattern to our Scallop Hem shirt, an essential silhouette we are constantly evolving.
We started by exploring black and white stripe versions of our Pocket Scallop Hem Shirt, which feature stripes on the front body and an inseam pocket hidden in the front yoke. It’s a subtle place to keep small items like pens and keys. The pocket shirt features our signature scallop hem and elongated length. The neutral colors make it simple to keep yourself fashion forward by providing a great palette to style and accessorize.
How Vinny Cha$e combines his music, fashion, and art into a singular ENTITY.
Being a musician is so much more than simply making good music these days. As the digital age continues to perpetuate new media quicker everyday, it is difficult to hold a viewer’s attention – let alone turn them into a fan. Musicians are not only liked for the music they create but their overall aesthetic which is typically seen through their fashion, visuals, and art.
Fortunately for our most recent feature with Vinny Cha$e, the young Harlem representative has found a way to combine his music and style into a brand that embodies much more than just sounds. A recording artist that is known for his artistic viral music videos plus a designer that has crafted products gracing some of the biggest names in entertainment.
Basics Evolved with our Bleach Wash Capsule Collection
Introducing our first ever capsule collection, the Bleach Wash capsule, featuring a limited run of the Cloud Bleach and Splatter Bleach Scallop Hem Long Shirts. We took our signature scallop hem long tees and applied bleach using cloud and splatter wash techniques to produce a distressed and vintage feel product that pairs perfectly with ripped black denim. The vintage bleach wash works perfectly with the distressed, over-sized, and layering trends that we seen emerge over the past couple seasons.
Whether it’s a hot day, or a chilly evening, our Layering Tanktops are for you.
It is now March and officially spring. As the temperature warms up, we wanted to offer a garment that can be worn in warmer weather while also providing an additional styling option to our current products. That led our design team and fabric engineers to craft our Layering Tanktops in six different options.
We met up with fashion influencer and designer John Lee and tapped into his mentality behind clothing, shopping, and quality.
On the list of most appealing fashion Instagram accounts is our friend John Lee reigning from Seattle, Washington. Apart from making his outfits stand out on a daily basis, he is a designer in the graphic and fashion industries which reflects on his style. Many of us are simply consumers who typically see clothes for the first time on a website or social media. John is unlike those as his background is immersed in the world of being a designer.
With so many different fabrics, cuts, and designs available what makes a product better than the other? Everybody has their different opinion but what are some qualities that John looks for in his purchases. I had a chance to speak with John and after we spoke, I see shopping, quality, and buying through a new lens.
Scallop Hems & YKK Zippers make for the perfect layering hoodies.
We love an eclectic wardrobe as much as the next person, but at the end of the day, some essentials are just that–a must. We took another classic piece that can not be denied and made it for the modern day fashion enthusiast. We gained inspiration from our current offerings and sought to provide a hoodie that is practical yet fashionable.
TQ speaks on layering, colors, brands, and how to find your own style within.
Layering, oversized, distressed, are all terms which fashion forward individuals are familiar with and masses are quickly learning. Those that are fashion forward have noticed the trends emerging: elongated tanks under a curved hem shirt, matching neutral tones to create a simple outfit, or combining the two with a distressed pair of jeans to captivate a look.
Warm fall days in LA
Today, we decided to explore the West Hollywood area of our hometown Los Angeles with our two friends from Chicago. As the winter season approaches the sun stood it’s ground proudly providing us a beautiful, warm, Californian day that Blake Banks and Jewels are certainly not used to.