Meet The Women
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 with her brand, Walker Wear. She was the first woman, and 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 it still thrives today. Walker’s consulted for various brands, penned her first five-star book available on Amazon called “Walkergems, Get Your A$% Off The Couch”. Also, she’s featured in The Remix: Hip Hop x Fashion (2019), sharing with other veterans in a “Streetwear Essentials” Parsons online course (via Yellowbrick). Walker is an author, disruptor, creator, wellness advocate, educator, filmmaker & gamechanger.
Toni Scott Grant
Toni Scott Grant is the founder and head designer at Haus of Swag, a streetwear apparel brand with empowering designs that recognizes and celebrates women. Toni is also a costume designer and wardrobe stylist in the world of film, media and television and has worked with a host of celeb clientele. Her most recent works include 'Wu-Tang: An American Saga' and '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 featured in the HarperCollins "Mocha Manual to Turning Your Passion Into Profit" as success story #8 and has been featured on ABC 7, Arise TV and Fashion Bomb Daily. Haus of Swag, a Brooklyn based company - has appeared in various media outlets as well. Toni is a member of the NY Local 764 Theatrical Wardrobe Union, IATSE. She lives in New York with her husband.
For over twenty-five years, Misa Hylton has been the Fashion Architect responsible for laying the blueprint that has immortalized hip hop culture’s place and influence in the mainstream fashion industry. Hylton’s work has cemented the culture as an integral part of the global conversation that exists today. From the jaw-dropping, purple pasty 1999 MTV Video Music Awards look by Lil’ Kim that rocked the world or fitting Beyonce’s leather MCM outfit for the 2018 surprise video “Apeshit”. As Global Creative Partner for MCM Worldwide, Misa will be collaborating with MCM for her soon-to-launch capsule collection. Hylton is also featured as a commentary subject in The Remix Hip Hop x Fashion a documentary Directed by Lisa Cortes and Farah X.
McHayle made her career in fashion in the early 90’s when she joined PNB Nation, a clothing line that quickly became a soundboard for social commentary, activism and hip-hop culture. After being with the company for three years, McHayle made partner and led a savvy marketing and sales strategy that catapulted PNB Nation’s revenue to $11.5 million. McHayle continues to use the intrinsic nature of hip hop culture in creating her next business endeavor, Hoop 88 Dreams in 2019, a premiere destination e-commerce platform that specializes exclusively in elevated hoop earrings at an affordable price, co-founded with her daughter.
McHayle is the mother of three children and lives in New York City.
Kiki’s career took flight in the ‘90’s when
launching the first multimillion- dollar women’s
urban brand “Fubu Ladies”. Over the years Kiki has also created groundbreaking collections and
creative projects for Sean Combs, Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Tommy Hilfiger and Rihanna.
Proudly tapping into her urban roots, Kianga launched her highly anticipated resort collection, K.Milele in 2014. This year, Kiki joined Netflix’s fashion competition series ‘Next In Fashion’ where she was coined - The Grande Dame of Streetwear – by Host Alexa Chung.
Sophia Chang hails from the borough of Queens, New York and in less than a decade managed to champion a name for herself in the art, design and streetwear community world wide. With her BFA from Parsons School of Design coupled with a natural acumen for business she has collaborated with a-list names across multiple fields such as Samsung, Nike, Refinery29, Adidas, Apple, Footlocker, HBO, and the NBA to name a few. One of her biggest accolades of her career to date was the design of her own collection with Puma which touted their number one grossing lifestyle range and was exhibited at various international museums, curated by the American Federation of the Arts. She has also been featured in collectable books and publications worldwide. Making her voice a staple in the industries she occupies offering her trust and access to notable people in her network.
Founding Partner of Liberty Fairs, Sharifa Murdock, is a veteran fashion industry professional with a concentration on cultivating relationships and elevating new brands in the men's and women's fashion space through showcase. With a strong grasp of industry trends and emerging brands, with 20 years of experience, Sharifa's extensive experience rooted in retail and fashion. Additionally, she founded "The Brooklyn Intern," an organization that works closely with high school students to give them the opportunity to experience exclusive internships in the fashion industry. The Brooklyn Intern inspired Sharifa to start ENVSN Festival to celebrate and cultivate the dreams and creativity of women of color.
Elena Romero has critically covered culture, music and fashion through multi-media outlets over the past 25 years. Her journalistic work has appeared in consumer, trade and online publications. As a cultural historian, Romero is the author of Free Stylin': How Hip Hop Changed the Fashion industry (Praeger, 2002), and shares her fashion insight in several critically-acclaimed style documentaries including Fresh Dressed (2012) and The Remix: Hip Hop x Fashion (2019). Romero is currently co-curating a comprehensive hip hop style exhibition entitled Fresh, Fly, and Fabulous: Fifty Years of Hip Hop Style for the Museum at FIT (MFIT) for 2023.
Samantha Black, the Designer of SammyB, graduated Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY with a BFA in fashion design. Samantha has interned for Michael Kors, Jill Stuart and the late Alexander McQueen in his London design studio. The designer takes bits and pieces of inspiration from everywhere and everything as well as the designers she’s been able to work for. She then combines that with her own personal style, personality and flavor, there by producing her women’s ready-to-wear line “SammyB”. Samantha’s goal is to compliment those with style and to enhance the style of others. With a wide range of looks and separates, she hopes to appeal to the masses, but targeting females like herself who are tomboys in pumps!
SammyB, an “It girls” favorite, is worn by Beyonce, Kehlani, Yara Shahidi, H.E.R, Chloe+Halle, Ashanti and more. Sammy B is fashion for the rule breakers, risk takers, and