Kingz Review: NYC Capsule Collection
Who isn’t obsessed with a good collection? With the NYC Capsule Collection, Kingz has outdone themselves. While remaining faithful to their strict adherence to quality and impeccable construction, Kingz has encapsulated – see what I did there – the stylish, yet no-nonsense vibe of New York City aesthetic.
With their first drop of the NYC Capsule Collection, Kingz brings you a super sharp black gi, two sweet new t-shirt designs, and two of the slickest looking sweaters out there.
Without further ado… The NYC Capsule Collection:
Let’s get started with the most exciting item: the NYC Jiu-Jitsu Gi! If you’ve never owned a black gi, this is definitely the one to have. If you’re all about the black gis, prepare to be blown away.
One of the heaviest gis in the Kingz lineup – with a 550 GSM jacket and 12 oz cotton drill pants – this gi was made to last. Seriously. You may find yourself passing it along to your children as some epic jiu-jitsu heirloom. If you’re wary about a heavier gi, don’t be. I think everyone should have at least one in their collection, if only for those cold weather or judo training days.
However, the best part of the NYC Jiu-Jitsu Gi is the styling. This thing is tight! All black, it features pops of orange embroideries, reminiscent of the orange-red of the bricks in older parts of the City that Never Sleeps. The gi also features slick black-on-black details, such as the “Kingz Kimonos” emblazoned across back and… my favorite… a Statue of Liberty on the ribcage and pants.
NYC Capsule Collection – T-Shirts
The NYC Capsule Collection also features two new t-shirt designs.
Keeping with the fresh New York aesthetic, the Est. Orange Bar Tee features a pop of orange on the front left chest and across the back, and “Kingz Kimonos” and “Est. 2011” in clean, urban font. Available in both black and white, the Est. Orange Bar Tee is classic, without being dull.
Looking for something that stands out a little more? The collection’s Statue of Liberty Tee is where it’s at. Available in a maroon or white, the t-shirt features a really cool distressed Statue of Liberty graphic in yellows and oranges. If you’ve ever looked out upon the big lady as she’s cast in that evening sunset glow, this tee just about captures that.
NYC Capsule Collection – Sweaters
And what collection is complete without some cozy sweatshirts or hoodies?? None, I tell you.
The Athletics Crewneck is about as clean as they come. All black and made from a premium cotton/polyester blend, it features the Kingz logo on the back collar and “Kingz Athletics” and other script emblazoned across the front in super preppy orange font. It’s high-brow, without being too snobby.
My personal favorite, however, might have to be the 1960’s Hoodie. Why? Because it features a nod to the influence of New York City wrestling on the development of Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Jiu-jitsu history buffs unite! All black and with a simple orange logo outlined on the front, the back contains a blurb about Rolls Gracie:
“Rolls Gracie is one of the most important figures in BJJ history. Throughout the 1960s, he regularly traveled back and forth from Brazil to the U.S. to visit his mother in New York City, where he was introduced to wrestling and inspired by their aggressive pace and work ethic. As the “family champion” he represented the family in open weight matches, in which his affinity for cross-training in judo, wrestling and sambo served him well. He inspired others in his family to migrate northward… bringing the art of jiu-jitsu with them.”
Whether you like to add unique pieces to your jiu-jitsu collection, or are just looking to freshen up your wardrobe, the NYC Capsule Collection is bound to add some style and class.