I’m a huge believer that “lateral cooperation creates vertical movement”, and so for Black History Month and Fashion Week, I’m excited to unfold and amplify black and brown stories through the Walker Wear RAW fashion series collaboration. It’s aimed to challenge us to think about how we can become more sustainable as a people and planet through the awareness of intersectionality.
This collaboration consists of raw, talented African American fashion stylists and costume wardrobe designers that manage to rise and thrive in spite of a fashion industry filled with hierarchy, elitism, and systemic oppression. The talents included in this series…
I’m taking legal action against Virgil Abloh’s company Off-White, Saks Fifth Avenue, Farfetch, and all other relevant parties and for the record, taking a stand not just for myself, but for all women and black and brown creators across the world.
If you don’t know me, my name is April Walker, of Walker Wear and I’m the first female trailblazer of a multi-billion dollar category dubbed “streetwear.” My brand is one of the first to kick in distribution doors, garner millions in sales, and work with some of our most celebrated icons in history.
Collectively, our community created its own…
Fashion Looters, Originators, and Gender Equality, A Need for Change. Pt. 2
As my dear friend and fellow Brooklyn kid Biggie once said: “there’s rules to this shit, I wrote me a manual.”
Well, today those rules seem a bit off. As a woman streetwear designer, I came of age during a time when “street culture” and the style and fashion industry was…us. We followed rules of respect and honoring originality. Rules that often mirrored street code. We were young entrepreneurs catering to the way we liked to dress, removed from the mainstream and following a code of business ethics…
Women’s History (Month)
I’m honored to celebrate Black Creatives that are makers, creators, and visionaries. As part of the Walker Wear RAW Series, and as a continuum from Black History Month to Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating our stories and sharing some HerStory.
Meet Toni Scott Grant
“Women will be hidden no more. We will not remain hidden figures. We have names. … It was woman that gave you Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was woman that gave you Malcolm X. And according to the Bible, it was a woman that gave you Jesus. Don’t you ever forget it.”
|Dear Fashion Industry,
Last week, the text messages flooded in all at once. “Congrats!” “woah Saks is big time April!” “good look with the Walker Wear on Saks”…. Huh? I opened up my phone to see my namesake “WW” design on a “swaggy” white male…
Spilling over from Black History Month, I’m still celebrating US. Check out our Sustainability Series as I challenge us to think of it as “a people x planet”. The Walker Wear’s RAW Fashion Series spotlights a plethora of black and brown stylists and costume wardrobe designers/stylists.
Meet Jannique Heard
I became interested in fashion through my mother. I have a young mother & I was her little shadow, she kept me fly . When I was in elementary she was in her early 20’s and at the time the fashion trends and influences…
Next up in our RAW Series on Sustainability as it relates to “People and Planet” is Marci Rodgers.
When did you become interested in fashion?
I became interested in fashion at an early age, I would say around 13.
2. Why did you decide to be a stylist?
What year was that?
To be honest, 1996 when I entered into high school and I started dressing my friends.
Years later I became a costume designer for TV/Film, Theatre and Opera.
3. How did you get your foot in the door? What was your process?
I attended Central Saint Martins in London…
Makers and creators continue to inspire, shape fashion and shift the culture forward. I was able to sit down and interview eight super dope creators in a series called RAW, a fashion project powered by Walker Wear and aimed to challenge us to think of sustainability as a people and planet.
When did you become interested in fashion?
A: I became interested in fashion in high school. My older brothers bought me my first pair of Prada sneakers, Louis Vuitton backpack, Gucci waist belt and Moschino tees. What really peaked my interest in luxury was my best friend’s…
“The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of the ugly side.” — James Baldwin.
I was in college and still trying to figure out what I was going to do with my life, when I had an epiphany. It was 1986 when I fell into the fashion game, and the following year I started my first fashion custom tailor shop called Fashion In Effect in Brooklyn. Inspired by Dapper Dan, we knew there was a void and our tribe confirmed it. Listening to their wants and needs gave us the gumption to start…