Designer, entrepreneur and community leader Houston White
As a kid in North Minneapolis, Houston White began selling t-shirts from his backpack and cutting hair for cash. He was a young entrepreneur, hussling hard to create a future all his own.
Today, Houston is a creative powerhouse who brings people, cultures and communities together to elevate one another. He believes style is an act of self celebration, a means of asserting your point of view and bridging the distance between yourself and others.
Houston motivates everyone around him to seek more, be more and do more for the people and ideas that matter to them. He is invested in creating a better world, particularly for the black community, and regularly collaborates with local government officials and business leaders to increase racial equity.
In 2007, Houston founded Houston White Men’s Room, a barbershop in the Camdentown neighborhood of North Minneapolis. Known as the black man’s country club, HWMR is more than a barbershop—it’s a gathering place for community building, authentic expression of self, and inclusive celebration of black culture. Over the years, the shop has grown into a vibrant hub for people of any skin color and all walks of life who crave a culture of their own making.