About

THE BRAND
Enter a world where imagination becomes reality and dreams come to life…
 
K2K originated from the desire to fill a gap in the Carnival market. At its core, the Company acts as a medium to explore creative work, specifically fuse Costume Design with Fashion. The K2K Alliance and Partners brand is a contemporary, edgy, fashion-forward product. K2K attempts to preserve some element of traditional Trinidadian “mas” design through the incorporation of storytelling in each Collection.The designs are meant to be sophisticated, glamorous and chic and cater to the client who is looking to be part of a bigger story; a moving canvas of artistic expression. Although the theme of the costumes changes each year, K2K’s inspiration will incorporate fashion concepts from icons throughout the ages. Each piece / costume is expertly constructed to ensure that the client feels comfortable, yet stylish and powerful.
 

Our Collections
K2K focuses on the art of storytelling to craft each Collection, as we believe that storytelling, whether through fashion or music or in the true literary sense, affects and effects change.
 
Our Landscape
Since inception the brand has focused on three pillars for execution: The Look | The Fashion | The Mas
The Look: Focuses on make-up and hairstyling concepts
The Fashion: Iconic trends throughout history and new fashion ideals
The Mas: Costuming
 
Our 365-day Concept
The brand’s vision since commencement has been to marry ready-to-wear and high fashion concepts with costuming, with its core focus on making garments that can be used after the Carnival Season.
 
Our Initiatives
K2K comprises of four initiatives: costuming, special garment orders, the give-back program (The Color of Courage) and most recently, the book club (The Audible Experience).
 
 
 
 
THE ACCOLADES
From inception, K2K has received numerous awards. At K2K we are proud of the strides that we have made and appreciate the recognition bestowed upon us by our peers, regulators and stalwarts in the industry.
 
Current Ranking(s)
Year 2018
#1 Band of the Year (Medium Band Category, Queen’s Park Savannah)
#1 Place Downtown (Medium Band Category, Carnival Tuesday)
#1 Place on the Greens (Medium Band Category, Behind the Bridge)
 

Historical Ranking(s)
Year 2017
#1 Band of the Year (Medium Band Category, Queen’s Park Savannah)
#1 Place Downtown (Medium Band Category, Carnival Tuesday)
#1 Place Downtown (Medium Band Category, Carnival Monday)
#1 Place on the Greens (Medium Band Category, Behind the Bridge)
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Year 2016
#1 in Costume Design (Medium Band Category)
#1 Band of the Year (Medium Band Category, Queen’s Park Savannah)
#1 Place on the Greens (Medium Band Category, Behind the Bridge)
#1 Place in Creative Fantasy (Medium Band Category)
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Year 2015
#1 Band of the Year (Medium Band Category, Queen’s Park Savannah)
#2 Place in Creative Topical (Medium Band Category)
#3 Place in Costume Design (Medium Band Category)
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Year 2013
#4 Place (Medium Band Category, Queen’s Park Savannah)
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Year 2012
#1 in Costume Design (Medium Band Category, Queen’s Park Savannah)
#1 Place Band of the Day (Medium Band Category, Downtown)
#1 Place Band of the Day (Medium Band Category, Queen’s Park Savannah)
#4 Place (Medium Band Category, Queen’s Park Savannah)
 
 
 
 
THE FOUNDERS
In an attempt to re-invent and revitalize traditional costume design and fuse high fashion with “mas” design, Karen and Kathy Norman created “K2K”. Born in Trinidad and Tobago, twin sisters Karen and Kathy Norman have always had a passion for the arts, pursuing Art as an academic course at the Caribbean Examination Council (“CXC”) and for Advanced Level University of Cambridge Examination. In 1997, Karen earned the highest Art award at CXC placing first on the island in Art and Design.
 

Two years later both gained acclamation from University of Cambridge for exceeding the demands of Art curriculum. Prior to launching K2K, Karen and Kathy Norman designed kitchen textiles for Queensway Ltd of Trinidad and Tobago and produced other art work for domestic organizations in Trinidad and Tobago. Both hold Honors Bachelors degrees from Howard University in International Business with concentrations in Marketing and Finance, respectively. K2K was founded in 2010.
 
 
 
 
THE INITIATIVES
K2K comprises of four initiatives: costuming, special garment orders, the give-back program (The Color of Courage) and most recently, the book club (The Audible Experience). Below highlights The Color of Courage and The Audible Experience
 
(1) THE GIVE-BACK PROGRAM | THE COLOR OF COURAGE INITIATIVE
The philosophy behind the series is powerful, as it creates a channel for enlightenment and empowerment. The platform is structured as a power-talk series for a broad audience, and is designed to inspire professionals through the insight of leading industry ambassadors; strengthen business acumen; change the way professionals think about stumbling blocks; and find coping mechanisms to address industry challenges.The Color of Courage was launched on October 17, 2015 as a black-tie gala at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Trinidad.
 
Session One | Amsale
Internationally acclaimed Wedding Designer, Amsale Aberra is the Creative Director for Amsale, Kenneth Pool and Christos Bridal. With a dynamic international business platform, a compelling life journey and vast industry expertise and experience, she provides an invaluable perspective for fellow professionals.

 
 
 
(2) THE BOOK CLUB | AUDIBLE EXPERIENCE INITIATIVE
One of the most unique attributes about the brand is its 365-day Concept. As we continue to grow and push the boundaries of Carnival, K2K presents yet another facet to its 365-day platform through the introduction our Audible experience.
 
2016 Digital Library | Growing Black Orchids (Full Audio; Book Coming Soon)
Narrator: Kim Handysides
Summary: Kathryn M. Fern bears the scars from a lifetime of being mute. The fear of being labeled different is her main companion and the terror of venturing out of her comfort zone is her major keep back – until she finds an unsuspecting friendship in Conner U. Knight and an undeniable connection in Nicoli B. Hunte. Both Conner and Nicoli help Kathryn heal from the wounds of her tormented past and each teach her what it really means to have a voice.
 
PODCAST VIEW (Includes: Audible Short Stories Only)
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2015 Digital Library | The Long Walk From Home
Narrator: Dan Gold
Summary: We encourage you to look past Liz’s disease and find relevance in the struggle. We invite you to laugh at Liz’s twist of fate when she meets her love. And we urge you to negate the war scene but reflect on the beauty of the relationship the characters share. Again much of the themes show that one’s future is not predetermined by current events and circumstances but is full of hope and evolutionary possibilities.
 
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