Magnus Walker is a 51 years old fashion designer as well as Porsche collector. His designs have been adorned by many notable public figures, like Bruce Willis and Madonna to name a few. He is originally from England, but his career took off only after he immigrated to the US. His unique sense of style and unwillingness to follow the rulebook of fashion led to his renowned nickname- ‘Urban Outlaw’. Read on further to find out Magnus Walker’s net worth in 2019 and more interesting information regarding him!
Magnus Walker was born on the 7th of July, 1967 in Sheffield, England. He was brought up in his birth town only. It was in 1977 when he was barely 10 years old that he encountered Porsche 911 for the first time on a trip to the Earl’s Court Motorshow with his father. He was so intrigued by the model that he posted a letter to the car company asking for a job, to which Porsche actually replied requesting him to complete his schooling before applying at their offices.
Although, before completing school, the punk artist in him was awakened due to which he dropped out of school in 1982 and associated himself with heavy metal and punk rock bands instead. For quite some time, he struggled to gain a strong foothold, frequently switching residences and jobs to sustain himself while following his heart. Magnus Walker eventually decided to immigrate to the US when his future endeavors became hazy in England.
He first started with a summer job in Detroit, but then moved on to Los Angeles. There he entered the world of style business on an accidental note, as he was approached by the Faster Pussycat’s (a glam metal band) Taime Downe, who after encountering Magnus’ handiwork of customization on a pair of pants was so impressed by it that he went on to buy eight customized pairs from Magnus, each for $25. When his business grew multiple folds in the future, he married Karen Ann Caid. They were married for 21 years before she died in 2015.
After the Taime Downe incident, Magnus Walker opened up a tiny makeshift shop at Venice Beach. He used to buy cheap fabric material from second-hand stores and customise them in his own style, and finally sell them at a profit. The response to his designs was humongous, and by the 90s his brand named ‘Serious Clothing’ was worth millions.
With the expansion of his business, Magnus was finally able to buy his dream car, a 1974 model of Porsche 911, in the year 1992. To further stabilise his business, he bought a rundown factory in the Arts District of Los Angeles, which turned out to be even more profitable for him since he was requested to allot part of his factory land (which was quite vast) as filming location for various purposes. Jay Z, Victoria Beckham, Bruce Wills are among the many celebrities who have shot their advertisement, films or music videos on his property.
His wife also was a designer and used to work alongside him for ‘Serious Clothing’. After more than a decade of designing under the label, Magnus and his wife sold their business due to the gradual decline in sales, and the company was soon shut down. Magnus made a comeback with his autobiography- ‘Urban Outlaw- Dirt Don’t Slow You Down’ on 1st of June, 2017.
Awards and Achievements
• A short documentary was made on the British designer and his car collection in 2012, which was created by Tamir Moscovici and named ‘Urban Outlaw’. It was screened at the 2013 Sundance Festival and garnered much appreciation. After this, Magnus was featured in various tech and automobile magazines and was even approached by Porsche for promotion purposes.
• Magnus has been included in several advertisements for the company and has performed as a spokesperson in many of the talk shows as well.
• He has also graced shows, like ‘How I rock it’ (2013), ‘I am Steve McQueen’ (2014), ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’ (2015), ‘Motor City Outlaw’ (2016) and ‘Jay Leno’s Garage’ (2017) with his appearances.
• He was also featured in the famous video game ‘Need for Speed’ (2015).
Net Worth of Magnus Walker
In 2002, Magnus Walker became a part of ‘Porsche Club America’ as his collection of cars grew. He removed all the cars other than Porschtotfulfilll the dream of completing his collection of the 911 series. Although, Magnus’ exact net worth is a matter of contention much of it is said to be made up of hicustomiseded collection of 25 Porsches worth $7.5 million, which by the way he isn’t considering for selling.
Apart from being an out of the box designer, Magnus Walker is also a Porsche enthusiast, and his unique take on life was depicted not only in his clothing designs but also in his customised Porsches. Although he transformed the cars to his likeness, he never erased the essence of Porsche from them, and that’s what makes him stand out from numerous other collectors.