Trevor Walker has been traveling across the U.S., attending fashion shows in cities like Los Angeles, New York and Atlanta with one goal in mind: understanding fashion culture and cultivating it in Houston. Now Walker, the president and CEO of CHKMTE Clothing Co., has taken what he learned and put it to work with Front Row Houston, the first of what he plans as an annual charity fashion show focused on giving a platform to local design talent. Held at The Gallery, the first annual event last week benefitted Mothers 2 Mothers, an international nonprofit organization committed to preventing mother-to-child transference of HIV.
“There’s a lot of great designers here who are overlooked, and I feel like Houston has the next fashion culture,” Walker says. "In Houston everybody wants that exclusivity, they want that feel. ... Who doesn’t want to sit front row?”