Keeping it Kule | behind the scenesJun 19, 2017

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Annabel here!

To be young, with your greatest friends, in New York City.

Our best friends came into the city this past weekend. We decked ourselves out in Kule and found a shady spot in Central Park so we could escape the hot sun. The afternoon light was golden, and we sprawled out on the grass beside other New Yorkers who were choosing to do the same thing—relax and enjoy a summer day. We sported Kule’s boyfriend striped tees, which I love because they are so loosely fitted and comfortable. All of Kule’s striped shirts have this let’s-just-chill-and-have-some-fun vibe to them, and that was exactly what we did in Central Park.

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Wheelbarrows

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Being with my friends—adventuring and enjoying the moment—is one of my favorite things to do. It is so easy to get caught up in our to-do lists for the day, to be wrapped up in our obligations. But on this afternoon, I enjoyed time with people who I love. This summer, I hope that you all can take time to do the same.

Dressed to the NINES!

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As the sun comes out and it starts to feel more and more like summer, don’t forget to relax and savor these fleeting months of the year. Eat plenty of ice cream on these hot days—make that two cones!

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 Kule for the summer.



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Chinatown | behind the scenesJun 15, 2017

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OoooOo hey! Libby here.

Wow, there is truly no place like New York.

Yesterday, Annabel and I explored Chinatown. I immediately fell for the place and its rich colors, crowded fruit stands and cool knick-knack stores. The area is full of authentic restaurants that serve delicious food ranging from noodles to dim sum. With hungry appetites, Annabel and I ventured to Joe’s Shanghai for lunch—an iconic restaurant with neon lights and mirrors lining its walls (it’s located on 24 W 56th St). Thanks to a follower’s suggestion (kudos to @ryrylumsavestheworld!), we ordered the soup dumplings. They were delicious, and the meal was so affordable.

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Soup Dumplings with Pork (mmmm!)

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After we enjoyed our lunch, we stopped by Taiyaki, a Japanese ice cream shop (located on 119 Baxter Street). Taiyaki is famous for their fish-shaped waffle cones and their picture-perfect, colorfully-swirled ice cream. If you like matcha, try the matcha flavor. It was so refreshing on a humid day.

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Matcha and Vanilla Swirl

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These fish cones are so cool!

Chinatown is such an authentic part of NYC with a deep history. It is the largest Chinatown in the United States and is known for being the most Chinese-concentrated area in the Western Hemisphere. I find it amazing that you can deeply immerse yourself in Chinese culture while in an American city. This is part of what makes New York so special—there are is so much diversity in one place. Mott Street speaks to that—you start by walking through a busy Chinese market, then all of a sudden you find yourself in Little Italy.

Visiting this area of New York reminded me that although each individual’s background may be different, we are all inherently similar (much more similar than we think!). We’re all human. We’re all on a search for happiness and fulfillment. As I roamed throughout Chinatown, I realized that we all have a choice and an opportunity to connect with, learn from, and give to the people around us. It is so important to appreciate and celebrate our similarities and differences. A diverse America is a beautiful America. Our colorful and distinct communities are what make our country beautiful.

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Peek at the happy man in the back : )

Annabel and I encourage you to explore a new place and appreciate our beautiful world! Holler if you ever want to venture with us.

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“In New York, everyone is so mixed together that there’s less of a feeling of class here. Everybody is dealing with the same shit, everybody is on the subway elbow-to-elbow.” — Louis C.K.

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Crowded streets

Weeeeerk it!

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Stripes on Stripes | behind the scenesJun 12, 2017

O’ Hey,  Annabel here!

Libby and I have arrived in New York City with fresh eyes for what this concrete jungle has to offer. As we stroll the streets of Manhattan, we sport Kule all over — wearing three different Kule shirts at once. Nikki Kule is a fashion design genius when it comes to stripes. Stripes are a classic aesthetic. When you look close enough, they are everywhere. Stripes divide concrete roads, paint subway tracks, and, of course, ride on our shirt fabric. They are built into our everyday.

Look closely and count all of the stripes you can see

Look closely and count all of the stripes you can see

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This first week in NYC has brought many surprises. During our first day on the internship, we spotted A$AP Rocky while heading to the Subway. He was filming a music video for his song “Magnolia.” I’m pretty positive he winked at Libby after she yelled out to him “You’re hot!” A$AP would totally rock a Kule tee. If only one of us had a shirt under our arm that we could have tossed to him while he danced on a construction site.

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Taken by our tripod friend

After just one week, I am already falling in love with this city. New York is full of people — actors, musicians, designers, entrepreneurs, dog-lovers, hippies, martial artists, food lovers. The list is endless. And that’s what makes this city so beautiful — the diversity of who you walk by on the sidewalk and sit next to on the Subway. There is so much to feel excited about. No matter where I go or who I meet or what I do during these next few weeks, I know one thing for sure: I’ll be wearing stripes to lead me in the right direction.

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Heading uptown with a delivery