Our last entry for KNYEW’s “2010 Wrap-Up” comes from yours truly, DJ Crooked aka Dickie Sung aka Korean Blow aka Cocaine. In addition to handling the marketing, design work & blog updates, I oversee the overall operations for KNYEW with my partners & co-founders DJ Neva & Kenn Davenport. With the help of our many supporters & loyal Knyewtrons in & out of Vegas, we’ve accomplished so much this past year but there’s still much more growth needed for KNYEW to progress beyond your everyday local clothing shop. You’ll see a new website with an online store developing in the next couple of months. Expect new t-shirts, v-necks, tanks & snapbacks for this upcoming Spring/Summer 2011 as well as crewnecks, hoodies & beanies for our Fall/Winter 2011. We’ll continue to break the mold, consistently bringing you the next level new shit to the best of our abilities & we hope you’ll follow us through the process & help us become better everyday. Thanks Knyewtrons for another amazing year!
Crooked signing out.
CROOKED’S FAVORITE BRAND FOR 2010:
I’ve got to give it up to The Hundreds for 2010. Their Hundreds x Garfield collaboration project with Jim Davis’ legendary comic strip was really inspiring on all levels. This project alone must’ve been challenging to coordinate in-between their seasonal collections but to add a Pop Up Shop & an Art Show into the mix was incredibly ambitious. The artistic direction, creative marketing & brilliant execution is a testament to The Hundreds focus to become more than just a successful streetwear brand. They’re a movement.
CROOKED’S FAVORITE TEE FOR 2010:
Black Scale x Knyew “Black Knyew York” Collaboration Tee. We had numerous meetings with a bunch of different brands discussing potential projects for our 3 Year Anniversary last year. Mega (owner of Black Scale) committed to the project during the Magic Show convention in August & kept his concept ideas under wraps for almost 3 months. We didn’t see the final design till almost 2 weeks before our anniversary. I was definitely nervous but Mega came through with an amazing t-shirt & more than anything, he kept his word & delivered on time. Gotta love Black Scale.
CROOKED’S FAVORITE MOVIE FOR 2010:
Banksy’s “Exit Through The Giftshop”. I absolutely loved this documentary. If you like street art, respect authenticity & despise fraudulent swagger-jacking posers…this films for you Knyewtron.
CROOKED’S BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT FROM 2010:
When we posted the flicks from our “Tits x Bics x Stickers” photoshoot with Francine Dee & Hew Burney, it sparked a heavy demand for product like t-shirts & posters. I ended up dragging my feet on the tees’ design work due to a hectic DJ schedule (stalling over 2 months after the photoshoot) & then our Mormon screenprinters canceled production claiming our content was “lurid & inappropriate” (an extra 1-2 month delay). By the time we had some samples ready, the print work was so messy & substandard, I had to push the project back in hopes of finding a dependable company who could handle the workload. Long story short, I’m still on the prowl for a good screenprinter but I promise you this…these “Tits x Bics x Stickers” will be made in 2011!!!
CROOKED’S FAVORITE KNYEW MOMENT FROM 2010:
I don’t know if this was my favorite moment but it was definitely the funniest. After a long night of work spinning at the nightclubs, me & Neva went to Spearmint Rhino for some chicken fingers & clear heels. Following a couple of hours of captivating conversations with Rhino’s finest, we decided to stop by the “Little Saigon” spot next door to KNYEW for some early morning Pho around 8am. When our breakfast was through, our trifling non-driving asses called a cab & waited inside the shop where we “thought” it was safe. About 15 minutes later, we had LVPD breaking down our doors, guns drawn, ordering me & Neva to hit the floor. Turns out, an anonymous call was made to 911, citing 2 suspicious individuals lurking inside KNYEW before opening hours. Long story short, me & Neva are still alive & more than relieved that LVPD has our shop on lock, even if they’re protecting us from ourselves.
Here’s me kneeling down with LV’s finest pointing a gun at my head.
Big shout to the kind officer who mounted me from the rear as I assumed the position.
Wrangled up like cattle at the rodeo, I got a chance to taste the floors at KNYEW for the first time.Here’s Neva spread eagle, talking shit to LVPD saying “I own this fucking store, this is some bullshit”.After Neva & I got cuffed, we were quickly released once the cops found evidence of our ownership of the store. I remember the officers apologizing & tentatively asking us afterwards for a discount if they ever stopped by again…sheeeeeeet!
Our third entry for KNYEW’s “2010 Wrap-Up” comes from our shop girl Jazmyn Le aka Jazzy. For almost 2 years now, she’s dealt with everything from shady-ass shoplifters to foul mouthed, fart-tooting bosses. She’s been responsible for all our product photography & she’s definitely the person to follow on twitter when it comes to new deliveries being uploaded on the KNYEW site.
Enjoy part three of our “2010 Wrap-Up” Knyewtrons!
Crooked signing out.
JAZ’S FAVORITE BRAND FOR 2010:
Of course for the girls…gotta be Dimepiece
JAZ’S FAVORITE TEE FOR 2010:
The KNYEW Tanks. Perfect for the summer. They were simple and unisex. My favorite was the “Arch” design with the UNLV colors.
JAZ’S FAVORITE MOVIE FOR 2010:
Inception. Despite the fact Joseph Gordon Levitt was one of the main characters, it was a great movie. Haha
JAZ’S BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT FROM 2010:
The Francine Dee Tees. After showing customers some of our samples of the t-shirts, I felt like they would’ve sold really well. They could’ve given us a lot of attention especially with that “Bondage” Tee.*
*Here are some of the test prints we received before we ran into complications with the screen printers
JAZ’S FAVORITE KNYEW MOMENT FROM 2010:
My favorite 2010 memory would have to be our 3 Year Anniversary Block Party. Since I didn’t get to make the first celebration at JET, I was glad to be apart of this one. Making our own Fuku-Burger (The Knyew-Ku Burger) was cool especially because we got to pick our own toppings. The free giveaways were hilarious. Kenny’s hugs were the highlight of the night.**
**More pics & videos from our 3 Year Anniversary event at JET Nightclub & our Block Party with Fuku Burger will be posted very soon
Our second entry for KNYEW’s “2010 Wrap-Up” comes from co-founder & fellow New Yorker DJ Neva aka Black Panda aka Young Russell Simons. He’s the silent but prevalent partner whose quick to cut the budget on KNYEW’s purchase orders & the first degenerate to break out the beers & celebrate with the crew. Neva will be bringing back the long awaited return of our “Mixtape Mondays” this year so look forward to a weekly dose of great music & mixes every 7 days. This is just the beginning Knyewtrons!
Crooked signing out.
Happy New Year Knyewtrons!!! We’re kicking off 2011 with a lil “2010 Wrap-Up” from all the members of the KNYEW Crew. The year goes by so fast and sometimes, after all the projects, events, sales and conventions, we lose track of what we’ve accomplished and miss the opportunity to reflect on the whole experience. Our first entry for KNYEW’s “2010 Wrap-Up” comes from a man who needs no introduction. I call him the face of KNYEW but you may know him as Kenn Davenport aka Killah Knyewtron aka Black & Yellow aka “I’m not Samoan”. Enjoy Knyewtrons.
Crooked signing out.
KEN’S FAVORITE BRAND FOR 2010:
The Hundreds is my favorite brand for 2010 for one reason alone….Garfield. I’ve been a Garfield fan for as long as I can remember. I use to always drive my Dad crazy because I would cut out the Garfield comic strip before he could read the paper. Needless to say, Garfield is one of my all time favorite comics. I never thought I would see a collaboration like this from The Hundreds. We have witnessed TH create many collaboration projects through the years but I really feel this was their biggest and best. The tees, accessories, skate decks, and footwear was on point.
KEN’S FAVORITE TEE FOR 2010:
Knyew x Free Gold Watch “Bugsy Siegal” took the crown this year as my favorite tee for 2010.
KEN’S FAVORITE MOVIE FOR 2010:
The Human Centipede…if you haven’t seen it please do me a favor and check this flick out. You’ll thank me later.
KEN’S FAVORITE KNYEW MOMENT FROM 2010:
Two words…Francine Dee!!!!! What started off as a simple idea to help promote KNYEW’s new bic lighters and stickers (Tits x Bics x Stickers Project) ended up being a complete showstopper and took on a life of it’s own.
KEN’S FAVORITE “WTF!” MOMENT FROM 2010:
This is my favorite photo taken at KNYEW during 2010. Crooked & I were setting up the front windows for a display. We weren’t aware that “lil man” behind us was mean muggin’ for the camera. What great photo of one of our Knyewtrons!
Our Knyewtron family extends all the way from Los Angeles to New York and we’re extremely grateful for all the love and support we get from outside of Vegas. Just last week, our fam out in Scotsdale, AZ, Alex “Tha Don” Rodriguez and Jerome Baker III from www.BetterThanYours.net reached out to me to contribute a lil something for their “Best Of 2010″ series (see below). Thanks for always showing me and KNYEW Crew love through out the years…see yall in 2011 fellas.
Crooked signing out!
Once again we are proud to have DJ Crooked back on Better Than Yours(Crookeds BTY Interview here) , this time participating in our “Best of 2010″ series ! DJ Crooked is a co-owner of the Las Vegas store KNYEW which is a staple in the local fashion community and he holds residencies at the best venues in Vegas at Tao and Lavo. Who better than a man who is one of the best DJ’s and owns one of the best shops to break down the years best in 10 questions… Enjoy @djcrooked aka COACAINE’s Best of 2010 !!!
BEST DJs OF 2010
There’s been alot of new upcoming DJ’s hitting the scene and it’s sometimes hard to keep up. I’m looking forward to seeing more from DJ’s like Sam French, Rick Rude, Jessica Who and Supra in 2011. It seems like alot of opener DJ’s in Vegas are getting residencies in main rooms this year. 2010 is definitely the “Rise Of The Openers”. This city needs new blood and I think it’s good.
BEST MIX OF 2010
DJ Moma & DJ Stimulus The Good Spot Vol.II
BEST TRACK OF 2010
Kanye West Runaway
It’s the only song I look forward to playing in the club…and it speaks to me & my bredrens.
FAVORITE ENTERTAINER OF 2010
Comedian Bill Burr…”Let It Go”
Everyone seems so tame and pc these days. It’s good to see an entertainer speak their fucking mind and make us die laughing without trying to get a movie role, tv sitcom or some horrible reality show. Check out his 12 minute rant at a disgruntled crowd in Philadelphia after he was the third comedian to get boo’ed at a live show.
BEST CLUB TO DJ IN 2010
WALL, Miami, FL
Everytime I come to WALL it’s wall to wall packed and filled with energy. They love gutter-ass hip-hop and hard fucking house so I definitely feel at home in this room lol.
(Photo Courtesy of World Red Eye)
FAVORITE CITY OF 2010
I’ve been to DC a few times this year for work and it’s really a beautiful city. It’s so culturally diverse and there’s this great east coast city vibe whenever I visit. I’m usually in town for less than 24 hours but it’s one of the few cities I’d want to stay & spend extra days in. I could see myself falling in love with DC very quickly.
BEST GADGET OF 2010
I can’t say I’ve been impressed with any of the new gadgets or smartphones this year. It’s been a pretty disappointing year for music, movies and technology…
BEST PLACES TO SHOP IN 2010
Las Vegas seems to be birthing some new retail businesses from their local DJ market and it’s definitely good to have some company after I opened KNYEW in 2007. There’s a new sneaker boutique FEATURE LV from Las Vegas local DJ Ikon and Reno’s own Ajay Bouri that opened right next door to KNYEW. They’ll be carrying some great brands like Supra, Android, Society & more. My Skam fam DJ Vice has also opened a new Las Vegas location for his Santa Barbara sneaker shop CRSVR in the Cosmopolitan Hotel. It’s always good to see the homies branch out and bring something new to this city. I didn’t think KNYEW would make it past 2 years but its been 3 and we’re still going. There’s a market for streetwear apparel & footwear and it’s good to see that this market is growing.
(KNYEW Las Vegas)
BEST SNEAKER OF 2010
EAST MEETS WEST SERIES: Acapulco Gold x Vans Moda Hi VS. Crooks & Castles x Vans Moda Hi , Vans featured 2 different collaboration designs from an east coast brand, Acapulco Gold, and a west coast brand, Crooks & Castles, for their Chukka Boot sneaker. I really love collaboration projects like this. It’s exciting for me to see 2 brands come together, design a product and market it to the masses. The thinking process and creative planning behind each project always fascinates me and this Vans: East Meets West Pack was really amazing. I can’t wait for KNYEW to get an opportunity like that.
BEST RESTAURANTS OF 2010
New York: IPPUDO NY Best Ramen spot in NY hands down. Their appetizers like the Hirata Buns (steamed chicken/pork buns) and Hirata Chicken Wings are beyond incredible. I make it a point to stop here whenever I come back to NY.
San Diego: J.WOK SD This restaurant makes some of the best Modern Mixed Asian Cuisine I’ve ever had.. Everything tastes fresh & its all cooked & seasoned perfectly. I come to Diego twice a month and I always stop by to order their Yellow Curry Chicken or J.Wok Spicy Noodles. Their Korean BBQ Beef Philly Style Sandwich is always a house favorite as well.
Las Vegas: YAGYU I make any excuse I can to come to this great Japanese BBQ in Chinatown. They’ve got ice cold beer on tap served in frosted glass mugs and BBQ favorites like boneless kalbi, pork bellies, portuguese sausages and even beef tongue. I love their kimchi fried rice and Korean ssam plate
Thank you to @DJ Crooked for taking the time to participate in our Best of 2010 series ! He’s one of our favorite DJ’s and an even better person. If you’re out and about make sure to catch him. Stay tuned as the series continues this week!
On Sunday, Dec. 26th, we’ll be having a special 1 day sale after Christmas. We’re discounting all current/past season cut & sew pieces 30%-50% off (button-ups, cardigans, sweaters, crew necks, hoodies, jackets & vests). We’ll also have a special table of $10 Tees on sale…first come, first serve Knyewtrons! This sale does not include pre-marked sale items and no coupons or student discounts are valid during this sale. Feel free to contact us for more info. Happy holidays from all of us at KNYEW.
If you guys haven’t noticed or figured it out yet, there’s a new sneaker boutique that opened right next door to KNYEW called FEATURE. They just opened last week and they carry some great kicks from Supra, Creative Rec, Gourmet, Pro Keds, Android and many more. They also have some great time pieces from Timex, G-Shock and Nooka. Stop thru and check them out the next time you’re by the shop. I heard they’ll be having an after-Christmas sale on Sunday, Dec.26th just like us…shhhh, keep it low. Happy Holidays Knyewtrons! Crooked Signing out.
Don’t know what to get your lil’ brother for Christmas? Tired of looking for the perfect gift for big mama for Kwanzaa? Trying to knock out some early shopping before Three Kings Day? Wondering what the hell Three Kings Day is? No worries muchacho…we have KNYEW Giftcards available now, just in time for the Holidays!! Don’t let the creepy looking reindeer behind the register freak you out (actually, his name’s Kenn, he speaks english and he’s not really a reindeer). Make your life easy & pick up a KNYEW Giftcard…tell’em Crooked sent ya!!
I was in LA this week for a couple of days and decided to make a trip to The Hundreds warehouse inbetween DJ gigs. My boy & part-time KNYEW super-model, DJ D-Miles from TAO & LAVO, rolled with me to grab some free gear and get a sneak peek at The Hundreds upcoming pieces for 2011. I got a chance to see some new sneaker designs for their Fall 2011 Footware Collection and it looks amazing…THLA really stepped it up! Big shout to David Miyataki for hooking us up and letting the KNYEW Crew hang at The Hundreds headquarters for a couple of hours. We got alot of great stuff planned with THLA for 2011…stay tuned Knyewtrons! Crooked signing out.