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Luxury Streetwear Clothing Brand Exploding Across Region; For Business Launched in Connecticut, Giving Back is Priority

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Summer has been off to a hot start for Kelly Houston and Derek Jones, co-founders of the popular luxury streetwear brand DK Movement.

In addition to multiple radio and television appearances and a feature story in CT Fashion magazine, to highlight their exploding brand - which urges purchasers to Become Your Best Self - they’ve launched multiple initiatives to give back to their local community, including meeting with middle school-age youth earlier this month at a Career Day at the local Boys & Girls Club and contributing funds to support a local homeless shelter, Agape House.

Giving back is at the heart of the business, reflected across the DK Movement collections with bold, uplifting designs, from Unstoppable to Unknown Voices, Worthy to Movement. Fabrics used in producing DK Movement brand products are long-lasting, recyclable and sustainable. Jogger sets, shorts and jackets are soft, lightweight and fully comfortable for skin, exercise, casual and outdoors activities. Quality is never compromised, and Kelly and Derek take particular pride in customer service and being active community members.

DK Movement is the first trademarked clothing brand out of Bristol, CT. In the coming weeks, DK Movement will be showcased at a Small Business Expo in Bristol on July 16, coordinated by the House of Fire Ministries; the Bridgeport Community Festival on July 23; and at Bristol’s Rockwell Summer Festival on August 20.

A summer highlight will be the Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on August 5, coordinated by the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce, to mark DK Movement’s first in-store collaboration, with Avril’s Boutique in Bristol - which carries high-end authentic sneakers and handbags - and owner Brenda Jules.

DK Movement’s goal is to reach as many people as possible to inspire them to grow as individuals while uplifting others within their communities. They welcome collaborations with local community organizations, building on their work in Bristol.

“Everyone deserves the opportunity to become a better version of themselves,” Derek and Kelly explain. “Everyone has the strength, fortitude and resiliency to achieve their ambitions, and in doing so, transform not only their own lives but the lives of others within the community.”

As a young child, Derek experienced homelessness and the countless challenges that resulted. Later in life, those early years manifest new challenges ranging from massive weight gain to addiction. Through perseverance and fortitude, years later, he was able to overcome and navigate a more productive life’s path, becoming a health advocate and acclaimed distance runner, while pursuing a successful career and then, after meeting Kelly, launching with her the DK Movement brand as a means to inspire others to transform their own lives.

Working in the modeling industry for many years, Kelly has been featured in various urban and fashion magazines and graced the runway for an array of fashion designers during Fashion Week. She then took a break from the industry to become a mom and started a new career as a Lactation Consultant. Later, she returned to the fashion industry as a Red Carpet Hostess, becoming a recognized and sought-after personality. Her passion is to inspire others to never give up on their dreams, and to focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle through good choices and positive mindset.

With every DK Movement brand purchase, a portion of proceeds is given back to the community. Through the “Unknown Voices” collection, as an example, DK Movement amplifies the voices of those who are just trying to stay alive on the streets. The colorful, poignant logo designed specifically for DK Movement makes a statement and will start conversations. The goal is to give dignity to those who are overlooked, to make visible those who feel invisible, to share the unknown voices of humanity.

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Kelly and Derek appeared earlier this month on the Onelove Radio program, hosted by Renielove, heard on 106.3FM in Fairfield County, 99.3FM in the Bronx, NY, and streaming online at onelovect.com, to discuss the DK Movement brand. They’ve been invited back to continue the conversation with another interview on Saturday, July 30.

DK Movement’s best-selling collections are an original take on urban streetwear that lifts you up. With body-conscious designs to keep you moving forward in comfort, this collection quickly becomes “what you reach for first when you’re in charge of your own destiny.”

DK Movement is certified by the Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council, by the State of Connecticut as a Black-owned and women-owned business, is a member of the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce and is featured on ShopBlackCT.com. Derek and Kelly are members of the Bristol Diversity Council.

Visit the DK Movement website, www.dkmovementbrand.com, for up-to-date information on upcoming appearances, special promotions, new community connections, and the full DK Movement brand, as the business continues to expand in and beyond Connecticut.

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