Founder, Hyght Apparel
Just as a mother’s love is strong and sustaining, a father’s love is one of sacrifice and rebirth. Eric Walker, Founder of Hyght Apparel is a pandemic small business success story. Walker, known to many in the Pittsburgh area as a stand-out football player for Woodland Hills High School, is a devoted father of two, and you can add successful startup entrepreneur and fashion designer to that resume as well. He’s known for running up the football field and for the fast breaks, but in his current life, he’s scoring all the touchdowns.
Like most during the pandemic, Walker had to pivot. With two young sons unexpectedly having to be home and virtually taught, Walker had to make a decision; his kids could fall by the wayside, or he could leave a long-standing job at FedEx to take care of his kids. Leaving his job and becoming unemployed, Walker decided to live out a dream that had always tickled in the back of his head: designing clothes for everyday people. That’s where Hyght Apparel started—launched in May of 2020, right in the midst of the pandemic. With no help, just grit and patience, Walker launched his small startup clothing company on his own back. And it’s paid off.
By making and designing clothes for men, Walker has found that his clientele is all around him, and Pittsburgh is loving his style. Having sold out each time a new line debuts, Walker realizes how fortunate he is to have the clientele that is as supportive of him as his new concepts for leisurewear. With a spring line in the works, and a fall line in contemplation, Walker is set to take his fashion style to the main stage.