Los Angeles stylist, model and sneaker designer Aleali May has created her empire after flipping her virtual buzz into real opportunities ahead of the social media influencer boom.
In a week, May will be co-hosting this year’s TRANSFER fashion fair on Oct. 6 and 7. The two-day fair will feature exclusive drops and content from future creators and iconic brands like Puma, G-SHOCK, Nike, Hood by Air, BE@RBRICK and more.
May has long been putting her best kick forward by being one of the two women to ever design and release a unisex sneaker for the Jordan brand. The 29-year-old collaborated with WNBA superstar Maya Moore for the Maya Moore x Aleali May Court Air Jordan 10 Court Lux Collection in 2018. She also walked in Rihanna’s “Savage X Fenty Vol. 3” show and created her latest Jordan 14s drop.
Now, May is taking her effortless style, which seamlessly fuses Los Angeles street-inspired tones and high-class elegance, to a new platform.
The second year of the virtual TRANSFER culture and design festival will be led by curators of the NTWRK app, which is hosting the fest, Hiroshi Fujiwara and Edison Chen. The two-day extravaganza will be packed with legends and trailblazers in the fashion and entertainment industry.
Fashion is all about experimenting, which is exactly what May and the TRANSFER team are doing.
“You know, the digital space is opening up, and we’re figuring out how does that look for us, especially in the streetwear world,” May said.
Exclusive online shopping apps like GOAT have taken the reins on how consumers can get their hands on brands and TRANSFER is no different.
“I think this is really just kind of capitalizing on what we already have and I think it also just shows like how much streetwear is growing, you know, whether we like it or not [these] digital spaces, we’re going to have to get used to in order to teach the next crowd, you know?” May added.
The next generation of designers is sure to face their own set of adversities and critiques just as May did in the male-dominated street fashion universe. Now, she continues to push for unisex and inclusive fashion, designs and collaborations in all work her, all while advising women to claim their authenticity.
“When you’re walking into the room, confident, open to speaking and sharing your ideas, it’s important that you do [share them] because not only are you thinking for yourself, but you’re also speaking for women like you,” May continued. “I think the more of us have these talks, it’s helping move things in the direction that it’s supposed to. We need more women of color speaking on their own experiences and need them telling their stories through their designs.”
She reflected on the fashion pioneers who inspired her, including Dapper Dan and Misa Hylton:
“I’m just definitely one of the youth that soaked it in and, was like, that’s me, you know what I mean?”
May’s unique swag showcases how much streetwear and modern influences have shaped her fashion vision board, inclusive designs and recent drops. You can catch May co-hosting TRANSFER alongside Zac Bia on the NTWRK app on Oct. 6 and 7.