Patterns & Pastels feat. Curran Swint

April 9th, 2014

Our friend Sabir Peele has been documenting and cultivating an up-and-coming style scene in Philadelphia, PA. So I asked him to recommend a couple guys who were bringing a fresh perspective to menswear in the city of brotherly love.

Meet Curran J. Swint, designer and founder the uplifting streetwear brand Kings Rule Together. Curran’s positive, uplifting message (such as his “Kings Inspire Kings” slogan that has been worn by several celebrity influencers), combined with his eclectic “modern throwback” personal style, has opened some unexpected doors for him, including a cameo in Pharrell’s video IamOther.

Here Curran gives us a taste of his day-to-day Spring style; statement vintage pieces, expressive pattern mixing, and a healthy dose of dusty pastels. 

    1. Easter Pastel Casual


    “I love mixing prints, patterns and colors. Most guys tend to wait for the weather to get warm before introducing color into their wardrobes, but I like to wear color year-round…even layered up in the Winter.”




    2. Start From the Top


    “I often start styling my look around a hat – like this feather trim fedora… I own many hat styles, but the fedora is usually my go-to because it has the least affect on my hairstyle (making it easy to take on and off).”

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    3. Stripes on Stripes


    “I’m all about finding, repairing, or tweaking one-off pieces that nobody else has… When I visited my uncle in NYC about 4 years ago I saw these round tortoise glasses laying on the bathroom sink, broken. I asked him if I could keep them if I got them fixed… Now they’re a daily staple of my look.”

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    Thanks for reading, and special thanks to Curran for participating!

    Yours in style,

    Articles of Style


    Photography by Sabir Peele

    • Daniel

      Since when do Kings Rule Together?

    • mligon

      Tretorns in look 3! I’m partial to look one, but yes the Tretorns. I still rock mine.

    • Nick A

      Second look is a little costumey for me but I must say the jeans in the first look are pretty unreal. That faded Nantucket Red is surprisingly versatile and doesn’t look a little too, well, Nantucket-y. Props on props.

    • Dr. Shrock

      So fresh and so clean clean.

    • Al Bizzy

      Bustin! Straight up Black Ivy movement. Great feature.

    • MN

      James Harden!

    • JoeFromTexas

      Very cool. Much of this could have veered into the “contrived” arena, but it didn’t and comes off as very relaxed and inviting.

    • Kyle

      Love the ‘Philly’ Beard!