Take Five with Legendary Designer April Walker
Founder of Walker Wear
April Walker is a fashion game-changer and culture creator that inspired a lane helping to create a multi-billion industry coined as streetwear today through her brand, Walker Wear. As the first woman in this lane, she’s also one of the first to dominate in urban menswear, securing celebrity endorsements from the likes of legends, like Tupac, Notorious B.I.G. and even Beavis and Butt-Head. Her brand was one of the first to open distribution doors and command millions in sales, and the Walker Wear lifestyle brand still thrives today.
Where are you from?
Los Angeles originally but Brooklyn raised me
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
That I’m from L.A. and I’m Blexican
What Jordan silhouette is your favorite?
Air Jordans Mid (Retros)
What’s one sneaker that is on your wish-list right now?
Ultraboost 20 Shoes (Core Black/ Signal Orange) (because I’m a runner)
How would you define yourself in three words?
Resilient, Agile, Faithful
What’s the last book you read?
The Seventh Child Memoir of Malcolm X
What about Common Ace is exciting to you?
I’m excited to be able to shop on a platform catering SOLELY to women and created by a female culture shifter, maker and creator in the sneaker game. It gives my confidence to shop at Common Ace
How would you describe your style
Different, Fly, Self-Expressive, Timeless
What’s your idea of a perfect sneaker
Comfortable Classics…never going out of style and built to last.
How does a perfect pair of sneakers make you feel?
Like I’m walking on air and confident.
What are you inspired by?
So many things inspire me from the socio-economic climate to food to kicks to people and thoughts. Art inspires me too. It all connects. Just depends on the day and how I’m feeling.
Who is your style icon?
I am my own muse. Outside of that I have many style icons and draw a lot of influence from vintage. I also like Frida Kahlo, Rihanna, Christy Turlington…there are so many.
If you could give your younger self advice, what would it be?
I’d tell myself to make sure to make time for self-care more, create habits that will transform into freedom and I would say “study your money”. Learn how the compound effect can work for you.