If you have been following Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr. you may have noticed the eye catching shirts with powerful messages that he has been wearing. These messages promote “More Love, Less Hate”, as well as looking past our ethnicity and focusing on being united as “Humans”. Recently, Mr. Buggs and 4-U-Nique Publishing caught up with founders and owners of True Kings Society the brand Vid loves to endorse. Like 4-U-Nique Publishing, True Kings Society prides itself as being unique and diverse, while providing a message of hope, love, and empowerment.
4-U-Nique Publishing: Tell us about yourselves and what True Kings Society is about.
True Kings Society: We are lifelong friends. Both of us graduated from Hillsborough High School in Tampa, FL. We both envisioned a way to be successful as well as help the community. These goals were the forces that created True Kings Society. True Kings Society is a brand who focuses on the Black Community Empowerment and influencing our Culture to live Royally!
4UNP: What made you two get involved in fashion?
TKS: Growing up we both had sense of style. We figured we could use the fashion industry to spread influential messages we look to bring through our Brand.
4UNP: What sets you apart from others who are in the fashion industry?
TKS: We feel that we are in a totally different lane than other brands because we don’t just sell fashion. We sell hope, love, and empowerment.
4UNP: What advice would you have for anyone looking to get into fashion?
TKS: Don’t compromise; don’t follow trends; and use fashion as a way to express yourself. Also, when things seem tough, keep God first and work harder.
4UNP: If you could work with or hold a conversation with anyone past, present, or future who would they be?
Eric: I would definitely go back and talk to the 12 year old version of myself. With all the knowledge life has given me, I could save my younger self from future pain and struggle.
Andre: I would want to talk to the world’s first black billionaire to spend some time picking their brain, to find out how they mapped their way to such an amazing financial status, even with the struggles presented today for most people.
4UNP: Who are you inspirations personally and in the fashion world?
Eric: My personal inspirations would be Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Tupac, and my dad. In the fashion world it would be Sean Combs and Daymond John.
Andre: My personal inspirations would be my mom who is my hero and my late uncle Daron Avery. Daymond John would be my fashion industry inspiration because I see many similarities in how both of our dreams came about.
4UNP: What is the most recent book you’ve read? Who are your favorite authors?
Eric: The most recent book I read was Revolutionary Suicide by Henry P. Newton. My favorite author would be Michael E. Dickerson.
Andre: I recently read Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. I am currently reading Daymond John’s Power of Broke. I don’t really have a favorite author because I’m a fan of everyone honestly.
4UNP: Shameless plug. You both need to read You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving by Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr. and other books published by 4-U-Nique Publishing. You will really be doing yourself a favor.
4UNP: What are your 2017 goals?
TKS: 2017 goals will be expanding our business as well as becoming more involved in our community.
4UNP: Where can our audience find your apparel? DO you have a website? Any Social Media platforms?
TKS: Currently we have Facebook and Instagram pages active @truekingssociety. We also have merchandise available for purchase on our website truekingssociety.bigcartel.com .
4UNP: What message do you want to leave with anyone reading this interview?
TKS: Never try to plan for God’s plan, go in the direction he leads you.
Go to http://www.truekingssocietybigcartel.com to get your shirts today. All supporters of 4-U-Nique Publishing and Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr. are able to use code: Kings, for a special discount.