B& K Enterprises Announces Partnership With EPE: B&K Enterprises announces an exclusive partnership with Elvis Presley Enterprises to produce authentic replicas of Elvis’ famed jumpsuits and stage costumes.
The press release: The 2007 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist winner Shawn Klush wore a B&K creation for the tribute artist finals during Elvis Week in Memphis in August.
MEMPHIS, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–For the first time ever, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE) has licensed a company to create replicas of Elvis’ iconic jumpsuits. B & K Enterprises, known internationally for its attention to detail in the creation of authentic replica jumpsuits worn by the King of Rock and Roll, has signed a formal licensing partnership with EPE.
B & K has exclusive rights to manufacture these replicas, originally designed and produced by Bill Belew and Gene Doucette in the 1970s. Many of the original jumpsuits worn by Elvis in concert are currently on display at Graceland. Doucette remains involved with B & K in the creative process by producing the embroidery work on the costumes using original patterns and designs.
B & K has produced jumpsuit costumes for numerous films, television shows and print campaigns, including Disney’s recent release “The Game Plan,” the 2001 film, “3000 Miles to Graceland” and the November 2007 cover of Conde Nast’s new magazine Movies Rock, featuring Bill Murray in an Elvis jumpsuit. The designs have also become popular with celebrity clients, including John Mellencamp and Madonna. EPE’s first-ever and highly successful Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest held in August of this year featured many of the contestants performing in B & K costumes including the winner, Shawn Klush.
The family-owned business headquartered in Charlestown, IN, is one of the premier full-service custom costume shops in the world and produces costumes for stage and screen in addition to Elvis jumpsuit replicas. Butch Polston, owner of B & K Enterprises says, “This is more than a business, it’s a passion. I’m a lifelong Elvis fan and his jumpsuits are pieces of art to me. The costumes personified Elvis’ larger than life image as a music artist, it’s an honor to create these costumes with EPE’s stamp of approval.”
In addition to replicas of Elvis stage wear, B & K offers a line of shirts, vests, belts, jackets, casual wear, jewellery, all authentic replicas of clothing worn by Elvis Presley. Consumers of B & K’s products include Elvis Presley tribute artists, music memorabilia collectors, Elvis fans and various celebrities.
Source: Butch Poulston