The Walker Wear RAW Series is a collaborative campaign sharing human stories and promoting sustainability through visual content, storytelling and meaningful conversations. The series will start by highlighting Black American fashion stylists and costume wardrobe designers, all dipped in Walker Wear’s RAW denim or other styles.
While there are a plethora of talented black and brown stylists in the world, this campaign shines a light on a few that, in spite of a fashion industry full of systemic oppression, they continue to shape and shift the culture forward.
Styling: CL White @stylemonster
Photographer: Maya Iman @mayiman
CL White is a bi-coastal (New York, LA) freelance celebrity stylist and creative consultant from the Wilmington, Delaware/Philadelphia area. He has worked with talent such as Beyoncé, Naomi Campbell, Cardi B, Lori Harvey, DSmoke and many more. He has also worked with companies such as Parkwood Ent, RocNation, Essence Magazine, W Magazine, Elle Magazine, InStyle Magazine and Marie Claire Magazine. CL hopes to change the fashion industry through his visual art and great eye for true fashion.
Creative Director/Stylist: Kwasi Kessi @kwasikessi
Photographer: Ramshah Kanwal @Rams_kay
Kwasi Kessie is a celebrity wardrobe stylist, creative director and co-captain of Adidas Runners NYC Harlem.
Although raised in the epicenter of New York City, Kwasi’s perspective is not limited to the vibrant streets of Harlem. With opportunities to travel the world, Kwasi has gained a knowledge of diverse cultures, lifestyles, and fashion that have helped shape his eclectic style, aesthetic and persona.
When Kwasi Kessie isn't styling the wardrobe of today's most noteworthy personalities, he’s conquering new fitness feats. Since 2013, the seven-time New York City marathoner and 12-time half marathon runner–has sprinted across miles of track and concrete. In 2019, the Adidas runner checked off a long time goal on his bucket list with the release of the AM4 Kwasi Kessie; a snake-skin print running sneaker that represents the two subcultures Kwasi has immersed himself in, fashion and fitness.
With his unique perspective, seasoned experience in various ventures, and understanding that success is not seamless, Kwasi Kessie aims to inspire his community and eventually the world, to lead healthier lifestyles and to look good while doing so.
Creative Director/ Stylist: Marci Rodgers @marcirodgers_
Photographer: Gabe Oviawe @gabeoviawe
Marci Rodgers is an award-nominated costume designer who created the rich palette and ‘70s wardrobe on Spike Lee’s highly acclaimed film, BLACKKKLANSMAN, which won an Academy Award in 2019. Known for her ability to bring stories from script to screen through impeccable detail and authenticity, Rodgers designed Season 1 and Too of Spike Lee’s modern reboot of SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT, which premiered on Netflix and was nominated for best Television - Contemporary TV Film Series by the Costume Designers Guild. Marci has recently collaborated with directors such as Liz Garbus on her upcoming thriller film, LOST GIRLS; Steven Soderbergh for his Netflix drama film, HIGH FLYING BIRDS, Christopher Morris on his upcoming film, THE DAY SHALL COME, for See-Saw Films and Archer Gray; and WU TANG CLAN AN AMERICAN SAGA on Hulu.
TONI SCOTT GRANT
Creative Direction/Styling: @_toniwithaneye
Photographer: Derrick Grant
Toni Scott Grant is a Houston native and costume designer and wardrobe stylist in the world of film, media and television and has worked with a host of celebrity clientele. Toni’s works includes, the Hulu's 8-part series 'Wu-Tang: An American Saga' and Emmy-award winning Dick Wolf's production of 'FBI' on CBS as a set costumer as well as assisting in the costume design departments for the 'Superbowl 54 Halftime Show' with Jennifer Lopez and Madonna's, 'Madame X' Tour. Toni is a member of the NY Local 764 Theatrical Wardrobe Union, IATSE, and she lives in New York with her husband. Toni is also renowned for developing a streetwear brand called Haus of Swag, celebrating women and girls of color fashionably.
Creative Director/Stylist/Music: Jannique Heard @jannnique
Videographer: Chop and Shoot @chopandshoot
Jannique “ Nique” Heard is an Artist, published Editorial & Personal Stylist based in New York City with roots in P.G. County. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in fashion marketing, she landed a job instantly as a stylist for the 34th Street Macys. Specializing in everything from streetwear to high fashion, after a 7 year journey with the department store , she decided to build her own brand, “Jannique Heard''. Focusing on honing her skills as a “Stylist/Creative director”, her credits can be seen via editorials, press appearances, with modeling agencies, and on television shows such as Empire/ Fox & Power/Starz. Her most recent campaign with High Snobiety for Saucony was released in summer 2020. Jannique is also the lead stylist for Shady/Griselda Records recording artist Conway the Machine.
Creative Director/Photographer: DOMO @styledxdomo
Photographer: Dani B @dvn1b
Domo is a 26 year old Fashion Stylist from Brooklyn, NY. Her styling career started at LIM college where she studied fashion media and styling. Her keen eye for details and use of layered jewelry are two distinct components of Domo’s styling. Domo’s main goal as a stylist is to create art that is uplifting, and impactful, while being true to the Black experience. Eventually Domo desires to get into becoming a Creative Director and get into producing projects on a larger scale.
Stylist: Keia Bounds @keiabounds
Photography Credits: Jalen Thompson @jalentakesphotos
Model: Amare Thompson @amare_thompson
Keia Bounds is an accomplished film and TV costume designer. She worked as a fashion designer before entering the entertainment industry. Keia credits her design education and fashion design experience for her success in her costume design.
While working as a designer for Ralph Lauren, Keia began styling celebrities. She eventually left Ralph Lauren to pursue a Costume Design and styling career. She first landed Chappelle’s Show, and soon after, What Not to Wear, Law & Order, etc. Next, Keia began to be asked to design episodic shows. Her credits as a costume designer range from “NURSE JACKIE”, to “CONNECTING” on NBC and most recently released film “CHICK FIGHT”. Currently, Keia is working on the television series “BLACK FAMILY MAFIA”.
While working as a Costume Designer, Keia owns and curates an online sustainable home and design store. In between projects she mentors young designers and has worked as an adjunct Professor at FIT for the course Costume Design Theory and Practice.
Creative Direction/Stylist: Jai Hudson @jaihudson_
Jai Hudson’s passion ignited her design studies at Syracuse University and gave her the gumption to become a celebrity fashion stylist and designer. Hudson’s designs date back to creating for the late Aaliyah Haughton in 1999. Her styling and design credits include Teyana Taylor, Iman Shumpert, Remy Ma, Sean Combs, 50 Cent, JayZ, Trey Songs, Total, Lil Kim, Mary J Blige, Alec Baldwin, and Missy Elliott.
Jai has also collaborated in creative direction and design to brands i.e. Angela and Vanessa Simmons’ “Pastry” sneaker line, the Misa Hylton brands and her Fashion Academy, MCM, Dapper Dan of Harlem, etc. After ten years 10 years in fashion, she also started developing new talent, helping to secure a recording contract for Teyana Taylor with Startrak/ Interscope Records and producing the MTV “My Super Sweet 16” show for Taylor, which became the most watched MTV show to date. Jai is now embarking on a new area of creativity through her literary work, “Healed with Style & Grace”, a book dedicated to address Healing within our culture. Jai also uses and teaches meditation classes in New York City and virtually.