Alvin B. King
Alvin B. King, President & CEO
King and I Productions, LLC
Now celebrating 35 years in the fashion production industry, Washington native Alvin B. King, President and CEO has been the force and vision behind the success of King & I Productions LLC (KNI), a full-service-event planning and fashion production company, offering all services necessary for planning and executing distinctive and extraordinary events particularly known for its careful planning and client focus.
After being crowned “Washington’s Fashion King” in June 2000 that featured a four-page spread in the Washington Times following an impressive 8 city fashion tour for ABSOLUT Vodka/Seagram Americas’ entitled “ABSOLUT AFRICA” Fashion Tour, KNI propelled and the well-respected brand became highly recognized as one of the most sort after fashion production and event planning companies across the United States, London, Paris, and St. Thomas.
King & Is’ credits include “signature” events and productions for private, non-profit and charitable organizations ranging from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBC), The Design Industry Foundation for AIDS (D.I.F.F.A), The Ummah Endowment Fund, The National Council of Negro Women, Fairchild Publication’s Children’s Business Magazine, USA TODAY/Gannett, The Make A Wish Foundation, Us Helping Us Incorporated, The National Black Journalists (NABJ), INDIGO Magazine, The National 100 Black Men Coalition and The National Urban League of America. The National Moet Chandon Tour featuring Lloyd Boston, best-selling author, style expert and television host along with top retailers and fashion designers as; SAKS Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, Carolina Herrera, Edward Wilkerson-Lafayette 148, Yves St. Laurent, Sean John, B Michael Couture, Oswald Boteng, Tracy Reese, Edward Wilkerson for Lafayette 148, VERSACE, and Thierry Mugler USA.
King has combined his vision for fashion and music while working with Grammy Award and Tony Award winners and nominees; Sheryl Lee Ralph, Ledisi, Yolanda Adams, Take 6, Regina Belle, The Braxton Brothers, and Howard Hewett.
In his extraordinary career, Mr. King recognizes two of his best uniquely and unmatched style of producing high quality one-of-kind productions was the 2000 launch of The Ummah Endowment Funds’, “White Attire Affair” in Washington, DC on the rooftop of the Historic Warner Building featuring a special performance by Ledisi, The Braxton Brothers, and the Duke Ellington School of the Performing Arts Show Choir to raise AIDS awareness.
The second of King & I’s most iconic and unprecedented productions was held at the New York Hilton Hotel in 1999 for The National Association of Black Journalists Convention that honored all of the Top African American fashion designers and models including; Iman, Naomi Campbell, Sheila and Beverly Johnson, Renauld White, Charles Williamson, Alvin Fernandez, Jeffrey Banks, Stephen Burrows, Fabrice, and a special showing of the late Patrick Kelly’s Collection.
In September 2013, Alvin added “TV Talk Show Host” to his list of credits as the host and moderator of “We Speak” a Washington, DC based television program on the District of Columbia Public Access Channel, DCTV where he is credited for receiving the 2015 Best Programming Award for DC Public Access TV.
Following time off to obtain a degree in Business Management with a concentration on Acquisition Planning, Alvin returned from a 14-year hiatus and redirected the King and I brand towards bringing Education, Awareness and Prevention to Diabetes and its impact particularly in the African American Community thus creating the 2017 and 2018 “Swirl & Chords Fashion & Music Gala” benefiting the American Diabetes Association raising over $5k to date.
Like a stroke of lightening, once again King and I Productions have brilliantly awakened the fashion and entertainment community with another annual show-stopper production that shines light on the impact of Diabetes while creating an unforgettable experience in music and fashion that leaves is audiences wanting for more.
When asked about how Alvin sees the future, “When God gives you lemons, you have a choice to either let the lemons sit and rot or find a pitcher fill it with water, sugar, and make lemonade. Always, Operate in Excellence and if you fail you know you did your absolute best!”