Hats by Trill

The Kings big man unveils his latest venture into the fashion world.
by Willie Cauley-Stein
Kings Center

There are three things I love as much as basketball: family, friends and art. Playing for Sacramento is special because it’s a city and a team that prides itself on the same things I do.
  
Since designing a collection of watches last year and being a part of the jersey reveal, I’ve been looking for another creative outlet, so I collaborated with the team to go in on some custom merchandise for Sacramento’s fashion week.

Today, I’m hyped to reveal new merch that’s sure to look super dope with the crispy whites – two limited-edition hats I designed.

With the help of the Kings, I wanted to pay respect to Sacramento’s past and future, so I decided on using retro colors from the old uniforms for the first one. There’s two old-school red leather textured panels with a clean, reflective granite brim on it. Baby blue accents pop on the hat, completing the throwback look.

On the second one, we wanted to keep the hat clean. The Crispy White uses a pebbled leather to grab your attention and features the new logo front and center. The finished look is modern, sleek, and just loud enough to stand out.

We only made 200 of them and they go on sale today at Kings merch stands in Golden 1 Center, so y’all better act fast to cop one!

The best part about this project is that sales from the purchase of the hats will also benefit charity.

In honor of Sacramento’s Fashion Week, up to $5,000 will be donated to Sacramento’s artBeast Studio including a match from the Kings Foundation. It’s going to be part of my new “Willie Cauley-Stein Scholarship.” The scholarship will help give disadvantaged youth the opportunity to become the next generation of artists and dreamers – just like me.
 
Growing up, I always felt different, and it’s probably because I was different. For me, sports were a way to challenge myself to feel normal, but art was always a passion, which now shapes a lot of things in my life, like my tattoos.

I get tattoos of things that inspire me, including this quote from a British journalist: “The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.” artBeast Studio helps kids in Sacramento who experience the same feeling of being different, and I want to help these kids find an outlet to feel accepted and to express themselves.
 
It’s the same reason why I worked with students at Cordova High School on an innovation camp. Students had a half-day creativity seminar and pitched me on new ideas for a fashion line. It’s why I’ll continue to work with the Kings to ensure kids in Sacramento have the inspiration and tools they need to express themselves and shine in our community.


Art and fashion are part of who I am and part of what makes Sacramento awesome, which is why it meant a lot to me when the team made the largest contribution to public art and local artists in Sacramento history.
 
It’s definitely dope to have the support of my team in designing something I love that also gives back to the community.
  
Be sure to hit me up – @TheWillieCS15 on twitter or @pr00fessortrill on IG– if you cop one: #HatsByTrill

Go Kings!

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