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on suit brands, and you will find a selection of them at K&G Fashion Superstore. Michael Irvin has suits and Hookups; comedian and book author Steve Harvey has the Steve Harvey Collection, and coming soon to K&G, actor Blair Underwood (known for his portrayal of the president on NBC’s The Event) will have a suit brand line as well. The Sean John line of sportswear and suit separates, named after the rapper and music producer, Sean Combs, are also available. A designer to celebrities, Montee Tayion Holland, has outfitted a number of wellknown men including Take 6, who wore his suits to President Obama’s inauguration.

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uper Bowl standout and Dallas Cowboys star Michael Irvin was sitting in a barbershop when a young man came in for a haircut. Excited to see the former football player, the young man struck up a conversation. Irvin asked why he was getting a haircut, and the young man said he was going on a job interview. “With those clothes?” Irvin asked. “I can’t afford new ones,” said the young man. That’s the moment when Irvin decided to start one of the many affordable clothing lines available in the menswear department of K&G Fashion Superstore. The power of appropriate clothing is discussed at length in John T. Molloy’s Dress

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for Success. Molloy reports that an inner city Chicago teacher testified that after she taught some of Molloy’s principles to her high school students, less than 10% of her class remained unemployed, compared to the 60% who did not hear about the book’s principles. Paying attention to attire pays big dividends in a job hunt, says career coach Randall S. Hansen, PhD (www. careerdoctor.org). Potential employers use shortcuts to save time. “With cover letters, it’s the opening paragraph and a quick scan of your qualifications. With résumés, it is a quick scan of your accomplishments. With the job interview, it’s how you’re dressed,” he says. Many celebrities are putting their names

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Fashionable attire. Great prices. Top-to-bottom accessories. At K&G, we can outfit the whole family. We are especially proud of our collections for men and boys. We mary beth blake understand K&G President how important fit is to our customers and have clothing that meets many individual needs. With the Suit Up to Win: Body, Mind & Soul program, we hope more people will become familiar with our stores and benefit from the positive, life-changing information presented.

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Grooming Days” at select K&G stores, where we’ll offer services like haircuts and manicures to men who buy suits. Another important tool to being well dressed is the advice of a trained consultant, and our stores will provide this service free. We are also creating tool kits supplied with K&G Rewards $10 off coupons, copies of this Urban tim mcclure Call, men’s grooming samples K&G Vice President and posters. In addition, select of Strategic Planningof churches will receive a donation for K&G merchandise purchased by their congregations. A total of 4,000 VIP gift cards worth $25 each will be distributed to church, organization, community and media leaders, and their constituents. K&G will also give away $150 gift cards for suits to men in our communities.

the k&g fashion superstore principles At K&G, we offer a shopping experience that’s successful, inexpensive and most importantly, fun. So we make it our duty to abide by four important principles: 1. Offer prices that are unbeatable for the competition and irresistible to you. 2. Carry a superior assortment of brand name and private label clothing, shoes and accessories for men, women and children. 3. Make every store large (20,000 square feet on average), clean and easy to shop. 4. Offer an extensive selection of merchandise in a wide variety of styles, sizes and colors. Visit us at KGstores.com Retail prices are subject to change at any time and without notice. Any programs for donations or gift cards are subject to restrictions and can be changed or eliminated at any time and without prior notice.

Tailor on duty One of the great advantages of shopping at K&G is the presence of an in-store tailor who’s ready to make alterations to your suit, tuxedo, or pants. There is a onetime charge for the work, but once a seam is altered, free re-alterations on that seam are available for any reason within the limitations of the garment. You can wait while your slacks are hemmed. You may also request a 24-hour turn-around.

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look great on a first date Finding the right

look for the right price can be more nerve-wracking than asking someone out in the first place. But Prince Charming need not fret. With trendy looks and designer styles from K&G Fashion Superstore, dressing the part has never been easier. Does she wear jeans every day? Dresses? Heels? Noticing a woman’s style can give you insight into how she’ll dress for your date. For example, if she has a more casual look, opt for nice trousers and a crisp button-down, long-sleeve shirt. For the more stylishly dressed, pair your favorite jeans and T-shirt with a structured jacket or navy blazer. This look shows that you took time to dress, but can switch to casual mode with ease. Most women appreciate the craftsmanship of high-quality clothes. Classic brown loafers show a casual sophistication without seeming too overdone. Women pay attention to detail, and the right loafers can look just as sharp with jeans as they do with a suit, making them a safe bet for almost any venue. You’ve reserved the best booth in the place, but unfortunately, you can’t guarantee the temperature. Show her that chivalry is not dead and have a sweater or jacket on hand to keep her warm. Avoid the risk of freezing to death in the name of gallantry by layering a sweater and collared shirt underneath your jacket. When choosing a venue for the first date, it may be tempting to try something flashy, trendy or overtly expensive. Your best bet is to take your date to a place you already know. Impress her with a quality restaurant choice that offers reasonably priced entrées.

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Growing up, my mother taught me to always look my best. Every day, right before school, she would have a systematic checklist that consisted of what I was supposed to look like. Her goal? A well-kempt, bright-eyed young man with good hygiene. Even as I got older and developed a responsibility for how I dressed, she would always give me advice in her own quirky way, such as “always wear clean underwear when you go out; you never know what may happen.” Although her phrases often provided comic relief for my friends and me, it molded me into a man who takes pride in how I look and dress. Now that I am an adult and a part of the working population, I find it essential that I represent myself — and my family — in all that I do. And I believe that my appearance says a lot about me. Sometimes though, I find it hard to look my best and stay within my budget. That is, until I discovered K&G Fashion

Superstore. About four years ago, I had a formal engagement to attend. A friend of mine suggested that I do my shopping for the event at K&G. Given the list that I had to fulfill, I was sure that one store just wouldn’t be enough. Nevertheless, I agreed, so he took me to the store. When I walked into K&G, I was amazed. There was almost everything a man could ever need. To my right, an employee with a measuring tape around his neck and a smile on his face greeted me and asked whether I needed any assistance. I explained to him that I had a formal event that required color coordination. Not only did he help me find all that I needed in that store, but he also did it in a timely fashion. And since the store had on-site tailoring, I didn’t have to drive across town to find a seamstress. Since then, K&G has become my first stop for all of my clothing needs. From T-shirts to suit ties and everything in between, I usually find what I need at K&G Fashion Superstore. And yes, that includes underwear and socks!

black college fraternities :

Great places to make connections

Black men’s college fraternities are a great place to keep in touch with movers and shakers in the world of business and education before and after graduation. Here are some of the most well known black fraternities: Alpha Phi Alpha 2313 Saint Paul Street Baltimore, Md. 22218-5211 Phone: (410) 554-0040 Fax: (410) 554-0054 Email: admin@apa1906.net Website: www.alpha-phi-alpha.org Kappa Alpha Psi 2322-24 North Broad Street Philadelphia, Pa. 19132-4590 Phone: (215) 228-7184 Fax: (215) 228-7181 Website: www.kappaalphapsi 1911.com Omega Phi Psi 3951 Snapfinger Parkway Decatur, Ga. 30035 Phone: (404) 284-5533 Fax: (404) 284-0333 Website: www.omegaphi psifraternity.org Phi Beta Sigma International Headquarters 145 Kennedy Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20011-5294 Phone: (202) 726-5434 Fax: (202) 882-1681 Website: www.pbs.1914.org Iota Phi Theta® 1600 North Calvert Street Baltimore, Md. 21202 Phone: (410) 514-5225 Fax 866-510-1301 Website: www.iotaphitheta.org Source: www.squidoo.com

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giving back in their communities

keion carpenter is a former nfl player and founder of the carpenter house, which promotes housing for disadvantaged families in baltimore.

Following a successful eight-year career with the NFL playing for the Atlanta Falcons and the Buffalo Bills, retired NFL safety Keion Carpenter founded The Carpenter House, Inc. a Maryland based notfor-profit designed to ensure that disadvantage families and single parent homes have access to quality housing. He is also a partner in For My Kids (FMK), an organization helping urban children gain admission to college. Reggie Gay, a talented, trend setting gospel radio and TV personality who is well-known in Atlanta, is the host of The Reggie Gay Gospel Show and an advisory board member of The Stellar Awards. He is active with The Gospel Music Workshop of America Radio Announcers’ Guild. His charities are Reef House, an after school children’s program (founded by NBA Basketball star Shareef Abdur-Rahim); Roots Adoption Agency, and the “Suitcases for Kids” program he created to raise money to buy luggage for Georgia’s foster children.

Steve Harvey:

How men think Comedian, radio host, and clothing entrepreneur (his clothing line is carried at K&G as well as Young Kings — his line for boys) is sharing his secrets with women on how men think in seminars across the country and in books, including his latest, Steve Harvey: Straight Talk, No Chaser, How to Find, Keep, and Understand a Man. The book is full of advice for women and has eye-catching sections such as “Every Sugar Daddy Ain’t Sweet” and “The Cookie: More on Why Men Need It, Why You Should Keep It.” steve harvey’s Harvey says the roots of his advice book, Steve Harvey: books were planted in his radio show Straight Talk, No segment, “Strawberry Letter” in which he Chaser: How to talked to women about relationships. “My Find, Keep, and Understand a Man intentions were pure: I care deeply about these things because I am a husband, a son, can be purchased a radio personality who speaks to millions at k&g fashion superstore. of women daily via my radio show, and, most important of all, the father of four girls — beautiful young women who deserve good men who will love them, respect them, and treat them the way they want to be loved, respected, and treated,” he says in the introduction of the book.

reggie gay is the host of The Reggie Gay Gospel Show and created the “suitcases for kids” program to raise money for georgia’s foster children.

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Sean John (a.k.a. P. Diddy, Sean Combs, and Puff Daddy) likes to plan a “White Party” every year at his Sag Harbor home in New York. White Parties have become increasingly popular as a means to support a cause or charity. The problem is, it’s not always easy to find white clothing throughout the year. Unlike general market stores, K&G sells a line of white clothing throughout the year. Both Sean John and Steve Harvey design extensive lines of white suits and pants. For other occasions and fashionable looks, try Steve Harvey’s black-and-blue, windowpane, four-button suit with side-vented, wide-leg pants. Add a Stacy Adams dress shirt and Phat Farm tie for a low-cost look that will get you noticed. Khaki linen is great, especially as paisley tie for a sharp, comfortable look. the weather heats up. Pair A light khaki color suit is the perfect a lightweight Phat Farm combination of casual and sophisticated. It’s viscose vested suit and appropriate for church, but not too dressy no-iron dress shirt with for a community cookout afterward. Style a Donald Trump pink hint: Lavender is hot right now!

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the urban gentleman

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To look sharp you need more

than new clothes. Maintaining your hair, nails, teeth, and skin are good hygiene habits that do not cost much, but say much about your character. You should own a manicure kit. Men’s hands are typically exposed to dirt, and germs get under nails. Manicures keep nails clean, short, and shaped. Likewise, pedicures are also a practice you should not neglect. Let’s talk oral hygiene. You should brush your teeth twice a day. Flossing will keep your teeth clean and disease-free and your breath fresh. If your teeth are dull, consider whitening strips. Routine dental checkups are highly recommended. Many men have dry skin. When you shower, try using a body wash with cocoa or shea butter, and use a loofah sponge.

Moisturize your skin daily with lotion. Razor bumps and skin irritations are common problems. While there is no single cure, there are steps to make it bearable. Experts suggest that a hot shower before shaving will soften your beard and open the pores. Use a pre-shave lotion or thick gel designed for reducing razor bumps with a sharp, single-blade razor. Take your time, shave in the direction of your hair growth, and do not stretch your skin. This helps you avoid nicks and scars. Shaving every other day allows your skin to heal and facial hair to grow longer and straighter instead of being forced back in. Once a week, use an exfoliating facial cleanser to remove dead cells and trapped hairs that may become ingrown. Finally, if razor bumps persist, see a dermatologist or consider growing a full beard. Just be sure to keep your beard well trimmed to look like a successful, urban gentleman.

Mentoring making a difference

Susan L. Taylor, Editor in Chief emeritus of Essence magazine, noticed how few struggling black children were getting help from adults to achieve academic and social success. She founded the National CARES Mentoring Movement to recruit and connect mentors with local youth-serving and mentoring organizations, many of whom have waiting lists. “Research proves that mentoring is a lowcost, high-results solution to a deepening crisis. Mentoring has the power to transform even the most challenged children’s lives,” says Taylor’s Website, nationalcaresmentoring.org. Oscar winning actor Denzel Washington credits much of his success to the Boys & Girls Club of America. He has been a spokesman for denzel washington, author of the book, a Hand to Guide the organization for 18 years and has launched Be Great: Graduate, a program to help Me, has been a national children who are in danger of dropping out of spokesman for the boys & school. “Our goal is simple to state but hard to girls club of america. achieve,” Washington said. “We want to help every Boys & Girls Club member advance to the next grade level every year and graduate from high school on time, prepared with the attitude, knowledge and confidence to succeed and achieve.” Visit www.bgca.org.

susan l. taylor, editor in chief emeritus of Essence magazine and founder of the national cares mentoring movement, inc.

Ace your interview by mark mathosian

urban call staff writer

In today’s tough job market, first impressions are more important than ever. Making a good impression is not hard if you follow a few simple guidelines. Go into the job interview with the right attitude. That means not expecting the employer to hire you just because you want the job. Remember that other applicants want that same job just as much as you. Here are tips to make a memorable impression. • Research the business and know about the position for which you are applying. Be ready to ask appropriate questions and have an intelligent conversation. • Appearance is important. Be clean, well groomed, and dress appropriately for the position. Be sure your clothes and shoes are neat, clean, and fit properly. • Arrive 15 minutes early to gather your thoughts, and turn off your cell phone. Do not be late. Being late makes you appear unreliable and disrespectful of the employer’s time. • Be polite and courteous. Greet the receptionist or assistant. This is where you make your first impression. • Address the interviewer by title and greet him or her with a smile and firm handshake. Introduce yourself with confidence. • Bring an extra copy of your resume for the interviewer. • Describe your accomplishments and achievements. Now is the time to show what you can do for the company. • Make good eye contact and be enthusiastic. • Take notes, it shows you have an interest and helps you recall details. • Near the end of the interview, express your interest in wanting the position and ask an openended question such as, “Is there anything else I can do to prove I am the right person for this job?” • At the end of the interview, exit the same way you entered. A firm handshake, friendly smile, and say thank you for the interview. This will make your first impression a lasting one. • Send a thank you letter, and do not forget to follow up. Mark Mathosian has been a senior hiring manager in his professional career, has conducted hundreds of interviews, and has filled numerous positions in the banking and government world.

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with k&g: 3 Years hometown: San Jose school: University of Phoenix meet william: I love to play golf and all sports.

with k&g: 5 Years hometown: New Orleans school: Tulane University attends: Greenforest Baptist Church volunteers: Respect Game Youth Basketball meet stephen: I am raising three children. I enjoy reading and writing short stories.

with k&g: 4 Years hometown: Chicago school: Iowa State church: Calvary New Life Tabernacle meet matt: I’m the father of two boys and two girls. I like to play, enjoy movies and video games with my kids.

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david peace

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with k&g: 8.5 Years hometown: Caguas, Puerto Rico school: University of Puerto Rico (UPR) attends: Saint John the Evangelist volunteers: Church/son’s school basketball coach

Assistant Store Manager, Cobb

with k&g: 5 Years hometown: Atlanta school: Georgia State University

Store Manager, Duluth

with k&g: 4.5 Years hometown: Washington, D.C. school: USMC attends: The Peace of God Ministry meet david: I enjoy basketball, weight lifting and dressing.

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kelly taylor

Store Manager, Atlanta

with k&g: 9 Years hometown: Baltimore school: Morgan State University attends: New Mercies volunteers: Outreach Teenage Girls meet kelly: I’m a Tae Kwon Do purple belt and enjoy kick boxing.

angelique middlebrooks

Assistant Store Manager, Duluth

with k&g: 8 Years hometown: Atlanta school: Georgia Perimeter College attends: New Greater St. John Baptist Church volunteers: Dogwood Nursing Home meet angelique: I love eating out, praise dancing and being a mother.

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rhonda hayes

Assistant Store Manager, Atlanta

with k&g: 3 Years hometown: Athens, Ga. school: University of Georgia attends: Salem Baptist meet rhonda: I love going to the gym, football and UGA Bulldawgs

shefon harris

Store Manager, Southlake

with k&g: 6 Years hometown: Stamford, Ct. attends: Faith and Victory volunteers: Meals on Wheels meet shefon: I love cooking and playing with kids.

Pictured above are K&G Fashion Superstore managers from Baltimore and Atlanta at a training session in Atlanta, the K&G corporate headquarters. They like to play golf, practice tae kwon do or roller skate. They volunteer in their communities at nursing homes, school systems and community service programs like SOME (So Others Might Eat) and Meals on Wheels. They attend churches like the Peace of God Ministry, the Empowerment Temple and Saint John the Evangelist. They hail from Caguas, Puerto Rico; St. Helena Island in South Carolina and the South Side of Baltimore. All with different backgrounds and community gifts, these regional and store managers for K&G Fashion Superstores all have one thing in common — they love to work at K&G, and they love to serve their customers with some of the best values in quality made suits and accessories. Mary Beth Blake (front row, first from left) is president of the company. Tim McClure (second row, second from left) is vice president of strategic planning.

tiffany battle-moore

Assistant Store Manager, Southlake

with k&g: 3 Years hometown: Chicago school: Alabama A&M attends: Higher Living Christian Academy meet tiffany: I love fashion right down to the hair and makeup!

gary hales

Store Manager, Stone Mountain

with k&g: 3 Years hails from: Mississippi school: Clayton

germaine gillerson-white

Assistant Store Manager, Stone Mountain

with k&g: 4.5 Years hometown: St. Helena Island, S.C. school: DeKalb attends: Adam Street meet germaine: I Iove gardening, chocolate and watching college and pro basketball.

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Julie hildebrand

Regional Manager, Baltimore Region

with k&g: Almost 8 years hometown: Lancaster, Pa.

ray Jenkins

Store Manager, Baltimore

with k&g: 8 years hometown: Baltimore meet ray: I love football, basketball and comedy. My hobby is working on cars.

geraldine Johnson

Assistant Manager, Baltimore

with k&g: 4 Years hometown: Baltimore attends: Mount Olive

lolita henry Store Manager, Glen Burnie

with k&g: 8 Years hometown: Baltimore volunteers: Baltimore County School System meet lolita: I love reading, exercising, dancing, and spending time with my daughter, husband and dog.

montrellbrooks deesa makell Store Manager, Assistant Store Rosedale Manager, Rosedale

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roberta brown

with k&g: 4 Years hails from: Southside Baltimore attends: Empowerment Temple volunteers: PAL Centers meet montell: I’m a father of three, an assistant football coach and love to bowl.

with k&g: 5 Years hometown: Baltimore school: Coppin State College volunteers: Ardyss International meet wanda: I enjoy billiards, gardening and reading.

with k&g: 10 Years hometown: Baltimore school: Cortez Peter Business School attends: Shiloh Baptist Edgemere volunteers: Missionary and church work meet roberta: I love shopping, shopping, shopping!

with k&g: 9 Years hometown: Baltimore school: Essex Community College attends: The Victory Center meet deesa: I love to roller skate and go to the movies!

Store Manager, Towson

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monica boyd

Store Manager, Rockville

with k&g: 8 Years hometown: Washington, D.C. attends: Randall United Methodist Church volunteers: Ivy Academy. S.O.M.E. “So Others Might Eat” meet monica: I’m a dog lover, and a shopaholic. I love reading trash novels, riding motorcycles and fishing with my husband.

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2. A man’s dress jacket, usually black with satin or grosgrain lapels, worn for formal or semiformal occasions is called a T______ ______. 3. A lightweight single-breasted jacket; often striped in the colors of a club or school is called a B__________. 5. A classic texture for men’s suits is a w______________ pattern. 7. A s____________collar on mens’ shirts folds over and around the neck with a wide division between points in front. 8. F_______cuffs refer to cuffs on a man’s dress shirt that are longer and folded back over the wrist.

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1. A sleeveless garment, often having buttons down the front, worn usually over a shirt or blouse and sometimes as part of a three-piece suit. 4. The part of a garment that encircles the neck is called the C______________. 5. Low-heeled Brogue style shoes are also referred to as a W___________ shoe. 6. These Rat Pack style suits were very popular during the 1960’s and are making a comeback today. 9. A low leather step-in shoe that resembles a moccasin but has a broad flat heel is called a L____________. 10. A very popular fabric used in dress shirts is P__________ cloth. 11. Men’s executive 2-button suits often have s_____ vents. 12. P_____________ is a fabric with a colorful swirled pattern of curved shapes often found on men’s ties.

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how to dress fashionably on a budget Shopping for a suit is challenging on a tight budget, though not impossible. Here are tips to help you expand your wardrobe as you maximize your buying power. Select a classic style and basic color suit as your main foundation. Then mix and match wellchosen, high quality shirts and ties. When comparing suits, do not buy one just because it is the cheapest. You may think you are getting a deal, but you are not. Cheap clothes tend to shrink and wear out quickly. You will likely find yourself replacing those clothes more often than you anticipated. You should also avoid buying imitations. You may not realize it but most people can spot an imitation almost immediately. Knock off brands tend to look cheaper because they are usually made from lower quality materials. Go for the real deal. One clothier where you will find quality, brand name suits, and excellent prices is K& G Fashion Superstore. At K&G, quality clothes and accessories are sold at prices lower than their competitors. K&G frequently runs sales and special promotions for that extra buying power. Men’s designer suits are top of the line from various, highly respected designers for up to 70% less. K&G’s motto is, “Come to shop. Prepare to save.”

We need your help To better serve you, the Urban Call — Suit Up to Win: Body, Mind & Soul edition would appreciate your help. Please take a moment to fill out this brief survey. Your feedback is important to us. Complete and return survey by mail or fax: Mail to: Suit Up to Win — Body, Mind & Soul K&G Fashion Superstore survey SMSi-Urban Call Marketing, Inc. 4265 Brownsboro Road, Suite 225 Winston-Salem, NC 27106-3425 Or fax to: (336) 759-7212 This information is being collected on behalf of K&G Fashion Superstore and K&G Men’s Company, Inc. and will be shared with them.

1. Prior to today, have you ever heard of K&G Fashion Superstore? c Yes c No (Skip to question 5) 2. Where have you heard about K&G Fashion Superstore? c Television c Online c Magazine c Radio c Friend/family c This special publication (Urban Call – Suit Up to Win: Body, Mind & Soul) c Other 3: Do you currently shop in K&G Fashion Superstore? c Yes c No

text ‘urban’ for suit discount

Saving on suits at K & G is as easy as texting. Simply put URBAN in the text message portion of your phone and send to 79999. You will receive a text that asks you to reply “Y.” Next you will get a message that gives you a code which you will need to show at the store to save 20% on any regular price suit. This is a free service from K&G Fashion Superstore. Message and data rates may apply from your carrier. Receive up to four messages per month on alerts, coupons, specials, and events.

teach your young man how to tie a tie

✂ 4. Do you currently own any of the K&G brand items below, if yes please select all that apply. c Steve Harvey Suits c Sean John Suit Separates c Steven by Steven Land Dress Shirts c Stacy Adams Shoes c Sean John Sportswear c Michael Irvin Hook-ups c Young Kings boys suits c T-Fusion suits 5. How likely would you be to purchase any of the K&G brands in the next three months? c Definitely would buy c Probably would buy c Might or might not buy c Probably would not buy c Definitely would not buy

You cannot always count on a male neighbor or friend to be available to help your young man tie a tie when he needs to wear a suit and dash out for an awards program at school. The solution-- teach him that skill well beforehand. One trick is to have him practice on a door knob, or stand behind him as he does the assembly on himself. The KGstores.com has some simple instructions: 1. Looking at your reflection in the mirror, start with wide end of tie on your right and extend a foot below narrow end. 2. Cross wide end over narrow end and back underneath. 3. Continue around, passing wide end across front of narrow end once more. 4. Pass wide end up through loop. 5. Holding front of knot loose with index finger, pass wide end down through loop in front. 6. Remove finger and tighten knot carefully. Draw up tight to collar by holding narrow end and sliding knot.

6. Which K&G brand would you be likely to purchase in the next three months? c Steve Harvey Suits c Sean John Suit Separates c Steven by Steven Land Dress Shirts c Stacy Adams Shoes c Sean John Sportswear c Michael Irvin Hook-ups c Young Kings boys suits c T-Fusion suits 7. How many suits do you a buy a year? ________________________________ 8. On average how much do you spend a on a suit? ________________________________

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raise the bar on your wardrobe If you want to look

great in designer clothes, visit a K&G Fashion Superstore. K&G stocks topof-the-line clothing brands for trendconscious men at a price that will make your wallet smile. K&G specializes in offering private label attire for all occasions. They are the clothiers for the professional business suit, or fun vacation

more brand names at k&g Looking for a particular brand? Savvy consumers shop at K&G Fashion Superstore to receive great deals on designer clothing for men. Below is a list of the highly respected brands you will find at your local K&G Fashion Superstore.

casual wear, or for the perfect formal affair at prices far below those of their competitors. K&G carries a variety of styles, sizes, and colors from designers like Calvin Klein, Perry Ellis, Jones New York, U.S. Polo Assn., Ralph Lauren, Geoffrey Beene, Chaps, Izod, and Stacy Adams. You will also find a variety of accessories — from jewelry and belts to dress and casual shoes — to complement any wardrobe.

Calvin Klein Joseph Abboud Sean John Stacy Adams Beverly Hills Polo Club Steve Madden Phat Farm Akademiks Rocawear Lauren by Ralph Lauren Evan Picone Louis Raphael

Cavi Kangol Michael Irvin Andrew Fezza Nautica Kenneth Cole Dockers Tommy Hilfiger Weatherproof David Eden Timberland Coogi

Looking for athletic shoes, dress shoes, boat shoes, sandals, or exotic shoes with patches of animal skin? Here is a sampling of shoe brands that K&G carries: Stacy Adams Steve Madden Calvin Klein Giorgio Brutini GBX Kenneth Cole Florsheim David Eden Timberland

Robert Wayne Dockers Rockport Bostonian U.S. Polo Assn. Fossil

Blair Underwood

Formal wear tips If you are preparing to purchase a tuxedo, here are some things to keep in mind: Consider the economics. If you have many occasions to rent a tux, do the math. It might be better to own one. Don’t wait until the last minute. Leave enough time to get your tux fitted. No need to go overboard. A classic black tux with simple accessories is timeless and will last longer than a powder blue one with a ruffle-front shirt. A formal tux calls for a formal shoe. The simplest option is a highly polished black oxford. A black patent-leather oxford that laces up is another good choice. Slip-on opera pumps with a ribbed bow are also acceptable.

If the shoe fits...

Call him ‘Mr. President’

blair underwood

You may have seen him as the president of the United States in the NBC series The Event. He has distinguished himself as an award-winning actor/director/producer at home in many entertainment venues — film, television, theater and literature. This fall, his suit line will be home at K&G Fashion Superstore with his brand name. He will join a raft of celebrities, including Steve Harvey, Sean Combs, Michael Irvin and Montee Tayion Holland (a designer to celebrities) who also have suits at K&G Fashion Superstore. Underwood was a Golden Globe nominee for his performance as a Navy fighter

pilot in HBO’s critically acclaimed In Treatment. He has numerous film credits including Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion. He co-produced the TLC series Million Dollar Christmas and has authored several nonfiction books. Underwood is a co-founder of Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA). In recognition of his longtime health advocacy, a state-of-the-art, full-service HIV/AIDS treatment clinic, The AHF Blair Underwood Clinic, has been established in Washington, D.C., by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

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The ďŹ rst thing you say is rarely ever spoken. Fulbright

Exotic embossed dress oxford with decorative whipstitch detail. Leather upper and leather lining. Reg sizes only. $59.99.

He who overlooks nothing is never overlooked. Jaguar

Crocodile embossed dress oxford with genuine snake skin accents. Square toe, leather upper and leather lining. Reg and wide sizes available. $59.99.

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There is a feeling that a man has when he dresses well and looks good. The T-Fusion Suit collection is available at K&G Fashion Superstore. T-Fusion suits start at $99.99. Available at


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think positive—your first step to a rewarding life by mark mathosian

urban call staff writer

Have you ever

met someone who radiates positive energy? They immediately leave a good impression on you and you enjoy being with them. Not only is positive thinking good for your personal and business relationships, it also improves your overall health. Here are tips from experts to help you become a positive thinker: Start by taking charge of your mental attitude. This means approaching your day from the positive side instead of the negative side. Make an earnest effort to conquer the negative. Surround yourself with optimistic people who have a cando attitude instead of a cannot-do attitude. Remember that thinking positive means anticipating happiness, joy, health, and success. Avoid people who zap your energy. You know who they are. These are the people with chips on their shoulder who blame everyone else but themselves for the problems in their

life. They are the “woe is me” people. Do not let them drag you down. If you cannot avoid these people, simply do not allow them to bring you down. When a negative thought enters your mind, recognize it for what it is and replace it with positive thoughts. Push out all feelings that are not positive. Keep at it and eventually the replacement of negative thoughts with positive ones will come easy for you. Get exercise. A run, walk, or playing a sport can improve your outlook. Workouts release endorphins, a chemical which makes you feel good and fight stress. Physical activity does

atlanta is headquarters of 100 black men of america

pastor provides guidance Any success program needs preparation and the power of a good attitude says Pastor T.D. Jakes, the senior pastor and founder of the Potter’s House, a multiracial, nondenominational church in Dallas. His book, Reposition Yourself Reflections: Living a Life Without Limits, is full of wisdom and lifechanging advice.

Montee Tayion Holland:

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Suits are a work of art

Networking is a supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest. It’s an especially good tool to employ for job hunting. One of the most well known national networks for black men, 100 Black Men of America, is headquartered in Atlanta. Albert E. Dotson, Jr. of Miami, Fla. is chairman of the board. 100 Black Men of America, Inc., 141 Auburn Avenue Atlanta, Ga.30303 Telephone: (404) 688-5100 Fax: 404-688-1028 Email: info@100bmoa.org

wonders for your body, mind, and soul. Regardless of your religious faith, being around people with similar beliefs will strengthen your soul and positive outlook. Seek out others who look at a cup as half full instead of half empty.

montee tayion holland

When it comes to designing men’s clothing, Montee Tayion Holland is a standout.This successful AfricanAmerican entrepreneur grew up in a tough, west side neighborhood in Detroit. However, that did not stop him from becoming successful; first as a school athlete, then as a college graduate and finally as a respected businessman and clothing designer of men’s suits. Holland’s T-Fusion is a best seller at K&G. Describing his clothing line in a YouTube interview, Holland said he

strives for a “custom-like suit with all the bells and whistles at an affordable price.” “To me a suit is a work of art. When I look at my finished products, I’m like a kid opening up a Christmas gift. I like to see people look good in my suits.” So, who wears Holland’s suits? Celebrities like actor/singer Christian Keyes, who wore one in Tyler Perry’s Diary of a Mad Black Woman, comedian Jonathan Slocumb and Take 6, the harmonizing group who wore his suits to President Obama’s inauguration.

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Fashion and designer styles that let you work it Up to 70% off department store prices–everyday–on clothing, shoes, and accessories for the whole family. Don’t miss our extensive men’s Big & Tall section—with up to size 6X in tops, 50 in waists, and 60 in jackets. On-site tailors, plus FREE measuring and fitting, at every location. To find a store nearest you, visit KGstores.com




Offer expires June 30, 2011


*General restrictions applicable to all offers: subject to availability. You must present this coupon at any K&G Fashion Superstore to receive 20% off the regular price of any suit. This coupon may be used only once. Valid only for new purchases. Discount may not be applied to online or layaway purchases, or toward the purchase of gift cards. Discount is not combinable with other promotional offers or discounts. Coupon is not redeemable for cash or credit. Customers returning items purchased with this coupon will forfeit the portion of the discount used for those items; the K&G return policy will apply to the remainder of the purchase. Limit one per customer. Offer good through 6/30/2011.


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