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Miranda Klaproth, Kenny Vaccaro, Gino Silva and Will Harper at Konnect

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Konnecting Fashion, Gaming & Fitness

Konnect Fashion Boutique is former Texas Longhorn and Tennessee Titan Kenny Vaccaro’s latest accomplishment, on a long list of successful endeavors

Article by Jennifer Birn

Photography by Joseph Johnson

Originally published in Austin Lifestyle

Kenny Vaccaro opened Konnect with partners Gino Silvas, Will Harper, Jake White and Rafael Mercardo early summer inside 22,000-square-foot gym/social performance club The Kollective (in which he’s a majority investor and founder).

The store features a curated selection of shoes, apparel, vintage tees, hats, and accessories from brands including Louis Vuitton, Dior, OFF-WHITE, Fear of God, Amiri, Rhude, Just Don, and Kenny’s original designs By Kenny. Shoes selection includes Jordans, Nike Dunks, Travis Scott sneaker collabs, Yeezy’s and more limited-edition footwear.

Talking to Austin Lifestyle about his foray into fashion, Kenny says, “I've always been interested in fashion, design and art from a young age. Growing up as poor as I did, I didn't have the opportunity to purchase any of those things. After I got drafted in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft for the New Orleans Saints, I finally had the opportunity and ran with it.”

In addition to the store, Kenny designed custom line By Kenny and says the first drops “was a huge success” and the store’s bestselling apparel so far. He’s continually working on fresh drops but says the must-have of the season is the Travis Scott Reverse Mochas, explaining, “The shoe's low-top design and brown suede with ivory leather accents make them great for fall outfits.”

Also co-founder of esports Organization Gamers First, Kenny says he works around 84 hours a week – but being an owner of multiple companies is a 24/7 gig.” When he’s not working he’s spending time his four sons who can often be found at the facility. It all sounds like a lot, but he says, “I'm extremely passionate about everything I'm involved in, so it's felt almost easy to a degree.”

The Kollective is located at 200 Academy Dr., Austin, TX.  For more, check out their Instagram @thekonnectatx.

  • Miranda Klaproth, Kenny Vaccaro, Gino Silva and Will Harper at Konnect