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“A King represents Strength. A King wears the best. A King represents luxury. A King is a leader. A King is a provider. He’s almost like a superhero.” –Sean Combs This 12-month Kalendar represents the majestic beauty of being a man of color. Shot by celebrity photographer Eric Ganison, this Kalendar is sure to be at the top of everyone’s must-have list. A portion of the proceeds will go to local charities in honor of William T. Young Sr. Limited quantities available.

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[KONTENTS] 04 | THE VIP SPOT 08 | SPRING PREVIEW 2012 06 | THE ROYAL TREATMENT

A King Sized sartorial fix!

21 | REMINISCING OF SUMMER

The cool hues of Fall fashion

38 | STYLE ESSENTIALS

Top Notch Layering techniques featuring winter wardrobe staples.

46 | FITNESS

How-to maintain a Six Pack during the winter months

14 | NEW HOT SPOT TO SHOP

14 | THE MINIMALISTIC IMPACT

48 | 2012 LEXUS LF-LC HYBRID

SPORT COUPE CONCEPT

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Front & Back Cover: Eric Ganison Styling: Eric Ganison T.O.C: Eric Ganison Model: Prince Ray Pope


04 VIP STATUS THE PUBLISHER, OWNER {WILL YOUNG}

& CEO

Photo by Eric Ganison • Hair by Marquinn Middleton

Forgive me if this seems dark, but I saw a documentary that changed me. There's a lot to be said about forgiveness and whether or not we can despite the situation. I think the greatest test of that would be held for any crime that ends in death at the fault of someone else. If we lost a loved one at the hands of another person, we may not ever forgive. I've always said that I would probably try to kill someone if they were to ever bring harm to a loved one. However, my views changed thanks to a documentary called Serving Life that appeared on Oprah's network OWN over the weekend. It's about four guys who are serving anywhere from 50 years to life volunteering to work in a hospice. Their job is to tend to the dying. That to me is the ultimate rehabilitation a criminal can have because not many free men and women could do what they do every day. It takes strength, compassion and a heart to sit, bathe, clean up, wipe the dying’s butt, feed them and provide a sense of peace and family as they transition. Mentally and emotionally it's a sentence far greater than serving time. I think when a person can give of himself in such a way, I think he may deserve a second chance at freedom. Happy 2012! info2@kravemagazine.net

This is a New year and a New YOU! And we are pledging to razzle and dazzle you, the KRAVE Man, with the NEW NEW! This special edition of KRAVE is dedicated to our fans and the foundation of KRAVE – the strong, black man and expression of art and creativity. Although the Mayans ‘predict’ that 2012 is the end of the world, (actually it was the end of their calendar system), this will truly be a year of new beginnings. Our president Barack Obama is up for re-election. You know who WE’RE voting for. The Christian Louboutin men’s store opens. YES! The Olympics. The launch of the new iPhone 5 – of course that’s thrilling! And one of my current interests – Red Tails. A film project that showcases the strength and endurance of our people, amidst adversity. And also a project that is providing our talented people of color with a chance to create magic. There seems to be such a lack of that lately. So with all of these new beginnings I encourage each of you to recall that dream that Dr. Martin Luther and died for those many years ago. 2012 is OUR year! kennyh@kravemagazine.net

Photo by Eric Ganison

THE EDITOR IN CHIEF {KENNY HIBBLER}

THE FASHION EDITOR {PORSCHE MONTGOMERY} It’s a New Year and a New KRAVE; we are kicking off this year with tons of style. We are taking our fashion international working with Italian photographer Jacopo Manfren in “Summer Ending” and featuring cutting edge looks in “The Fitting”. Of course we have to showcase the Style Essentials, check out “1 Sweater 3 Ways” and “4 Boots Every Man Should Have” for a new approach to your everyday look. We are also showing you that all that glitters isn’t always gold, sometimes it’s “All Black Everything,” featuring the latest must have pieces to achieve that ultimate lifestyle status. This year is about redefining what we stand for and putting our best foot forward. In the Style Forecast we are showing you how to carry this attitude through your clothing right into Spring/Summer 2012. The New Year is also about showing gratitude, thank you to everyone that contributes to KRAVE and to all of you, our loyal readers that make it possible for us to be the Fashion & Lifestyle Authority for Men of Color. Happy New Year! www.fashionfixstyle.com • info@fashionfixstyle.com

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ALL BLACK EVERYTHING

KRAVINGS 05

by KONFIDENT MCALLISTER

Jay Z said it best. ALL BLACK EVERYTHING. Nothing exemplifies luxury, power and class like black. Black is beautiful indeed and the preferred hue for hottest designer’s most coveted goods (Think the BLACK card).

THE WALLET: SANTIAGO GONZALEZ CROCODILE CARD CASE THE SHOE: AIR JORDAN CONCRETE 3

We can’t help it, it’s small affordable luxury, get ready to turn their heads at your next networking event.

Techies stand in line for new gadgets and sneaker heads stand in line for these. The Air Jordan 3 was first introduced in 1988, now it back and better than ever.

THE GADGET: IPHONE LENS DIAL

THE ACCESSORY: THE GUCCI HELMET BY BIANCHI Be protected in style so you can be around to enjoy your other new toy… the bike!

THE WATCH: THE CHRONICLE SS BY NIXON

Take your phone to the next level with this 3 lens optical system. This allows you to take pics with a fisheye, wide angle or telephoto lens.

Guys like nice watches and girls like guys with nice watches, nuff said.

TH

EDITOE RS PICK

THE WILDCARD: THE GUCCI BIKE BY BIANCHI What?!? I mean if you are gonna ride your bike around town for whatever reason- to get fit, avoid traffic, deliver packages, it might as well be on this bike.


06 STYLE FORECAST SPRING PREVIEW 2012 By Porsche Montgomery The key to capturing the style of this upcoming trend is to embrace color. You don’t have to follow every trend you see, but you can update the classic pieces in your existing wardrobe by simply infusing a little color. Remember it’s all up to you, if you love color, go all out, and now is the time. If you aren’t so comfortable, add touches of color to make neutrals like Vintage Khaki and Starfish pop. What kind of color are we talking about? According to the Pantone Men’s Fashion Colors Spring 2012, the bolder the better, Tangerine Tango and Solar Power top the list. From there embrace hues of blue, try Sodalite Blue, Dazzling Blue or Hawaiian Ocean. Check out how our favorite designers are showing you how to do it!

Bold Color

Marc by Marc Jacobs

General Idea

Roberto Cavalli

Conservative Color

Nautica

Tommy Hilfiger

Band of Outsiders

Gant Rugger

DESIGNER SPOTIGHT: ROBERTO CAVALI SPRING SUMMER 2012

Louis Vuitton


FASHION 07

the

Making

of a

KING Follow us on the journey of the “Making of a King.” The inspiration: A Regal Man’s integration into American Society. We created a silhouette that embodied fashion, sophistication and stature with European influences. This look is characterized by couture and vintage pieces, regal elements like broaches, fur and headpieces; also quality winter fabrics and textures with slim cut tailoring.

SNAP_ERIC

GANISON COVERINGS_CORTNEY GUY POSER_JERMAINE MCNEAL

Tuxedo Long Tail Coat: Red Raffinati Black Pant: Guess Cuban Heel Boot: Giorgio Brutini Vintage Military Broaches: Stylist's Own Gold Statement Buckle: Stylist's Own Leather Belt: Snake Pattern


The New Swag of the Land Our king begins his integration in the professional world, he is giving us wearable regal. He’s in the field learning the terrain, giving the wow factor to the business professionals around him with a splash of color. Sweater: Ben Sherman Hat: Stylist's Own Red Pants: H&M Black Tie: Paul Smith Cuban Heel Boot: Giorgio Brutini Black Fur Jacket: Vintage


Party Like a Rock Star He enters the urban jungle, he is edgy, young and vibrant and ready for what this new world has in store. His is expressing his artistic side among the music and rock culture of his new surroundings. Knit Circle Scarf: Banana Republic Black and White Fur Vest: Stylist's Own Red Shell: Stylist's Own Leather Cargo Pant: Zara Black Boots: Tod's


Gray Day Across the Land He also has a minimalistic side and wants to make his transition smooth by blending in, this is how he expresses his self in a day to day casual environment, and he’s relaxed with an athletic edge. White Fur Fox Headwear: Stylist's Own Vintage 80's Wool Sweater: Stylist's Own Grey Cuff Shorts: Top Man Leather Belt Pouch: Stylist's Own Grey Cable Knit Tights: Stylist's Own Boots: Guess


Take A Dip In The Royal Pool Finally, he can relax and enjoy the American leisure experience and rest in solitude, escaping his many royal responsibilities. Two-way Cardigan: Sean John Classic Cut Bikini: Ca-Rio-ca Copa Print


Snap: Nathan Paul • Hair/Mua: Renee Bennett • Words: Porsche M.

B

eauty, brains and style are the ultimate triple threat, and Cassie and Andrea Ganesh both have an abundance.  These sisters are the owners of the hot new store DEMERARA located in West Village shopping center.  The girls have always loved fashion and shopping and inherited an entrepreneurial spirit from their family, so it was natural for them to consider opening a store.  Their parents taught them to be leaders, not followers and they have held true to that through their lives.  These Westlake natives finished their undergrad and MBAs in the time it would have taken an average student to just finish undergrad and while waiting to start PhD programs, Demerara was born.  As the sole buyers for Demerara, Cassie

Demerara

12 ON THE RISE


and Andrea are committed to finding fashion that is not only aesthetically appealing but also has expert quality.  They pride themselves on finding new brands and introducing them exclusively to the Dallas market.  When asked why they wanted to do both men’s and women’s they said that they didn’t want to exclude an entire market, it’s a good thing because the men’s business does very well.  Their target clientele is social, consistent, appreciates great quality and is looking to express themselves through their clothes.  So what’s on the horizon for Demerara?  New this year, they are starting Sunday Funday 12-5pm, so after you are done with brunch, feel free to do some shopping.  The girls will have complimentary cocktails and store promos all day on Sunday.  The store design done by Cassie and Andrea lives up to the clothing, it’s aesthetically appealing and quality. The space is built for events, which is something they host with a creative team they've selected along with RAW PR and a host of sponsors on a monthly basis. When it comes to giving back, Demerara’s passion is to participate and host events in benefit of charities of their choice. Also, in Fall 2012, they have plans to produce a clothing line.   They describe the line as “contemporary, classy, sophisticated and edgy.”  In the future they also plan on opening more stores in the US and eventually internationally.  We had to ask these fashionistas what trends KRAVE readers needed to rock for Spring/Summer 2012 and here is what they said “Chinos, hot colors, shorts, polos, oxfords and loafers, cardigans and boat shoes.”   Be sure to visit the store and follow them on Facebook and Twitter for updates, you won’t be disappointed.

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14 STYLE MATTERS


Summer Ending photography Jacopo Manfren styling Federica Migliazza grooming Gaia Ivona model Steeve Clairicia @ Major Models Milano


checkered suit: Frankie Morello shirt: Del Siena papillon: Alexis Mabille boots: Frankie Morello


jacket: Giuliano Fujiwara shirt: B-more printed silk foulard: Vintage photographer's own trousers: Gaetano Navarra socks: Camo shoes: O.X.S.


jacket: Leitmotiv shirt: Del Siena pants: Leitmotiv papillon: Alexis Mabille


jacket: Adidas by Jeremy Scott shirt: Del Siena pants: Leitmotiv shoes: Giuliano Fujiwara


jacket: Tom Rebl denim shirt: Del Siena trousers: Tom Rebl papillon: Alexis Mabile shoes: Frankie Morello


21 STYLE ESSENTIALS

top

coats What’s the secret to successful layering? Make it appear effortless and natural, while being fully functional for the office, soiree, playoff game or any other situation the KRAVE man may find himself in. The juxtaposition of fashion and masculinity, displayed here through a lesson in layering, impeccable style and motion. snap & styling:

Eric Ganison Varsity flair waltzes with vintage style. On Lamar Black Pants: H&M Shirt: Calvin Klein White Cardigan: Forever 21 White Blazer: Hugo Boss Bowtie: Nordstroms Shoes: Aldos Letterman Jacket: Models Own Backpack: Sharper Image


Stylish Momentum The active man showcases his virility and strength, with form and action accented with a flair for the refined and a winter classic – the car coat. Rocked with a KRAVE fave - shearling lined boots. On Brandon Ascot: Custom Design Boots: Madden Sleeveless Hoodie: Stylist's Own Pants: H&M Coat: Britches


Making Moves Young movers and shakers have to be ready to roll with the punches AND cold weather with versatile style. Combine the clean lines of your tailored suit with classic, yet stylish parka. On Sharif Sneakers: Cadillac Suit: Linea Uome White Shirt: Noata Checkered Shirt: America Today Green Sweater: Tommy Hilfiger Coat: Jack & Jones


For the Love of PETA Got a penchant for the wild side of luxury? Drape winter staples like cable knits, tweeds and leather with rich fur. Faux is our preferred way to go. On Raudel Boots: Durango Slacks: H&M Scarf: H&M Vest: G by Guess Sweater: Express Jacket: Ecko Unlimited


Can't Stop, Won't Stop The young mogul travels the city streets in urban style, combining the collegiate polish with CEO accenting, trendsetter accessories like knit scarves, classic trench coats and designer kicks to make it pop. On Antonio Belt: Club Monaco Shirt: Calvin Klein Scarf: H&M Tie: Louis Vuitton Sweater: Express Sneakers: Aldo Pant: H&M


26 STYLE ESSENTIALS NEW TRENDS » ACCESSORIES » KICKS » BALLIN' ON A BUDGET » KING SIZE SWAG

4 BOOTS EVERY MAN SHOULD HAVE!

by: J. RUSH/PORSCHE M.

These boots every man should have in is wardrobe to brave the winter months is a stylish way.

BROGUE BOOT TOPMAN $70

This TopMan brogue boot is great for adding a little edge to a dressy look. Pair with: A pinstripe fitted navy pant, a great white button down and a sport coat, then take off your sport coat for happy hour after work.

WELLIES GUCCI $310 This Gucci rain boot is not reserved for the English countryside. Pair with: A nice dark pair of straight leg denim tucked into the boot with a shawl collar sweater and an anorak. A great look for running errands in the sleet and snow.

COMBAT BOOT ALL SAINTS $250

Tap into your inner bad ass with these All Saints combat boots. Pair with: A layered look, try a thin cotton hoodie under a blazer with a slim denim and you are ready for a night out with the boys.

THE SHEARLING BOOT MR HARE ISAMBARD $597

This shearling boot from Mr Hare Isambard is sleek while still being warm and cozy. Pair with: A denim on denim look with a down vest for a current day to day look.


27 STYLE FORECAST

the

fitting Fashion is simply a form of artistic expression. Each designer is blessed with the gift of creation and can express his vision through design. Epperson Rod excels at this display of talent. The Project Runway contestant gives KRAVE an exclusive sneak peek at his upcoming Fall 2012 menswear line. Shot by Bernard Jones of Mak Cielo, who successfully captures the beauty and strength of the male model and minimalistic, yet bold design. Photographer: Bernard Jones Designer/Stylist: Epperson Models: James David @ SMART Model Mgmt. Elias Montalvo @ SMART Model Mgmt. Lawrence Goodwin @ DBG Model Mgmt. Location: Hoboken, NJ


34 STYLE ESSENTIALS NEW TRENDS » ACCESSORIES » KICKS » BALLIN' ON A BUDGET » KING SIZE SWAG

ONE SWEATER, 3 LOOKS Whenever you shop always think about how much wear you can get out of the items you choose. This Kenneth Cole sweater is a great example of taking your look from the boardroom to the sports bar. PHOTOS: ERIC GANISON

Hanging Out

At Work

Shoes: Urban Outfitters Jeans: GAP Maroon Deep V: American Apparel Pants: American Apparel

For Play

Long-Sleeve Fair Isle Cardigan With Shawl Collar Kenneth Cole Reaction $89


WHIP APPEAL 35

2012 LEXUS LF-LC HYBRID SPORT COUPE CONCEPT The design study's sexy curves see a glass roof with a cantilevered pillar that provides improved visibility for the driver. The concept's front end sees Lexus's new mesh patterned spindle grill framed by an aluminum surround with functional air intakes in the bottom corners. Either side of the grille are L-shaped daytime running lights and vertical fog lamps with a fading dot matrix pattern. The spindle grille theme is extended to the rear of the vehicle, as is the fading dot matrix pattern found on the rear fog lamps and L-shaped tail lights. Inside, the driver is enclosed by deeply scooped side panels and a high, curved console with suede, leather, brushed metal trim and wood accents the order of the day. Twin 12.3-inch LCD touch screens include a remote touchscreen system designed to allow the driver to operate the controls without shifting position or altering their line-of-sight, and a center console touch screen used to control the audio system, climate controls and navigation. There's also a pop-up touchscreen keyboard for text input. Touch-screen surfaces also extend to the doors where they used to operate the windows, mirrors, seat positions and personal entertainment settings.


36 A NEW YEAR A NEW YOU!

HOW

TO

Winterize Your Abs Male or female, our eyes are drawn to a person's abdominals ... or gut. To make and maintain a midsection that earns looks of admiration rather than admonishment, certain things have to happen - and others can't happen. Follow Fitness model Allen Elliot's 4 exercises, and you can develop those razor-sharp abs you always wanted.

MEDICINE BALL OBLIQUE TWISTS Sit on the floor with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Contract your abs and sit at about a 45 degrees angle. Hold a medicine with both hands directly in front of you Contracting your abs, twist slowly from your torso to your right and touch the medicine ball to the floor beside you. Quickly, but smoothly, contract your abs and twist your torso and touch the medicine ball to the other side. Repeat for the desired number of reps.

ALLEN ELLIOT Atlanta, GA 6’0 • 180 lbs.


SWISS BALL REVERSE CRUNCH Step 1: Face away from the Swiss ball. Place hands in front of you and place your feet on the Swiss ball. Step 2: Exhale as you bring your knees in towards your chest. Inhale as you straighten your legs out.

3 SETS OF 25

SWISS BALL CRUNCHES Step 1: Lie on the Swiss ball with your back arched around the ball and your head up. Keep your head and neck in line with your back. Step 2: To contract abs, inhale and raise your head to the ceiling while keeping your back stable on the ball and your legs bent. Slowly exhale and lower your head back to the starting position.


3 SETS OF 25

MODIFIED V-UPS Lie flat on the floor (or exercise mat) on your back with your arms extended straight back behind your head and your legs extended also while grasping the Swiss Ball. This will be your starting position. As you exhale, bend at the waist while simultaneously raising your legs and arms to meet in a jackknife position. Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

TIP: The legs should be extended and lifted at approximately a 35-45 degree angle from the floor and the arms should be extended and parallel to your legs. The upper torso should be off the floor. While inhaling, lower your arms and legs back to the starting position.


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