Remo Tulliani, our favorite mens belt, sock & sunglass designer, has upped the ante once again with a book! This is just not any other book where there are a bunch of words on a page, but rather Tulliani has penned a work worthy of serious celebration. In “Courting Kings“, Tulliani sat for one on one interviews with 20 men who have in some way mentored him, guided him, influenced him, in other words touched him in some meaningful manner. While most of us would approach such a book by talking to our father, brother, best friend & maybe a random uncle or teacher… not Remo.
Remo counts as his mentors & close friends designers, buyers, rock stars, titans of industry, NFL Hall of Fame members, NBA superstars &, oh yeah, “The Greatest” himself. Remo’s circle of mentors reads like a who’s who of fashionable cool. For each “King”, Remo sat for a lengthy interview, asking each open-ended questions seeking their perspective on life. Each chapter of the book is simply a transcript of the interview. Sounds simple, right? But in true Remo fashion, he was not content to just write another book. He took the task of book writing & elevated it to an artwork… literally.
Every page of this 456 page volume is a unique, graphic, work of art. No two pages are alike visually. Every page of this sizable work is in full color splendor with a quality of print normally reserved for a few select plates of a fine art book. Remo approaches every item he designs with this exact level of uncompromising detail. Remo once told us, when asked if he plans on designing bags since he’s so adept at tooling leather in his belts, “no, not until I can find a way of making bags ‘better’ than they already are.” This same approach was taken with “Courting Kings”.
The book was printed by the award winning O’Neil Printers & bound in genuine leather (the same Italian leather he uses to make his namesake belts) by the legendary Roswell Bookbinders, both in Phoenix, AZ. The volume is then encased in a linen hard case for safe storage. The cover is embossed with the book’s signature “crown” insignia paying graphic homage the those profiled within.
The Kings’ interviews were arranged in the book chronologically by the age of the subject with an intro, written by Remo himself, giving perspective on what each King meant to him on his life’s journey. The result transcends the normal output of such a volume, where each chapter is in essence little more than a self-congratulatory essay on how wonderful the author is for having known such great men. Instead, Remo has managed to lure each King into offering personal, vulnerable looks into the journey of each subject. Simply put, this sizable volume portrays the essence of the American dream: the power of hard work, the importance of perseverance and the need for a strong support system. Courting Kings is not a showboat of what the designer has accomplished, but rather a true story of the power that strength, persistence and a little ignorance can have on one’s career & livelihood.
What each King has in common is that each experienced times when they almost gave up. Yet, each searched within to find the values that allowed them to achieve their respective heights. Courting Kings becomes a compilation of stories that highlight what successful men bring to their careers and shows the influence the men have had over each other in both their private and professional lives. It’s a story of a very unlikely fraternity, the fraternity of Remo. At the end, the reader is left with a feeling of, “I can do this… I can get ‘there’ too!”
Featured Kings include: Rocker Steve Smith of Dirty Vegas, Jimmy Gabriel, President of Global Brands Group, Merchant Jim Farrell, Designer Robert Stock of Robert Graham, Merchants Jason Jones & Jason Dasal, Fashion CEO Cliff Lelonek of U.S. Polo Assn., Shoe maven Len Pesko, Iconic Shoe Designer Donald J. Pliner, NBA Superstar Kevin Willis, Football Hall of Fame inductee Kurt Warner, & of course, the Greatest, Muhammad Ali. Featured in the forward is rocker extraordinaire Paul Shortino.
Important note: For the next month, Remo is donating $25.00 from the sale of each copy of Courting Kings sold to the Muhammed Ali Center in Louisville, KY in the name of the Greatest himself. Remo Tulliani sees donating to The Muhammad Ali Center as “A wonderful way to tribute such an inspiring human being who I looked up to and saw as a mentor as well. The stars also aligned with the book launch timing and holidays; it’s a season to especially embrace the giving spirit.”
The Muhammad Ali Center promotes the Six Core Principles of Muhammad Ali, one of which is “giving”. With the holidays around the corner, Remo Tulliani wanted to honor the legacy of Muhammad by giving back to the organization charged with preserving and sharing the legacy of global humanitarian and the Greatest boxer to ever fight. The mission of the Muhammad Ali Center is to preserve and share the legacy and ideals of Muhammad Ali, to promote respect, hope, and understanding, and to inspire adults and children everywhere to be as great as they can be.
“Muhammad Ali was once the King of Boxing, so it is befitting that he would be featured in Remo Tulliani’s Courting Kings,” said Donald Lassere, president and CEO of the Muhammad Ali Center. “We are extremely grateful to Remo for wanting to donate proceeds from this book to the one and only organization in the world charged with preserving and sharing the late Muhammad Ali’s legacy.”
For more information, please visit www.alicenter.org.
Courting Kings is available now at: www.tulliani.com
Remo Tulliani Publicity Contact: The Bromley Group