“We went from a studio loft on Fort Street to a corporate facility. Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning,” said Tommey Walker Jr., founder of Detroit vs. Everybody on social media. The native Detroiter opened his new 10,000 square foot facility in Detroit. This move comes on the heels of the company closing four locations (Lakeside Mall, The Mall at Partridge Creek, Fairlane Town Center, and the Southfield location) and terminating 35 employees.
Expansion and growth are the blueprints behind the success of Detroit vs. Everybody. Walker stated that he started the iconic brand in 2012 during one’s of Detroit’s most tumultuous times.
“I came up with the idea one summer day driving down Jefferson to my apartment,” said “Walker in 2017. I had just gotten back home from a trip to California. It was around the time of the ending of the Kwame Kilpatrick scandal. Before I left for the trip, I was packing and watching the news, and the story was the Kwame scandal. This was normal for Detroit at the time because that is literally all they ever discussed on the news. When I got to California safely and made it to my room, I turned on the TV and realized that this was headline news all over the country.”
Walker received both praise and backlash on social media after the announcement. He hasn’t released a personal statement of any kind, only confirming that he’s closing down the stories mentioned above.
Since 2012, the Detroit vs. Everybody brand has partnered with major corporations such as Adidas, GM, and the NBA. The brand has also worked with superstars such as Eminem, Big Sean, and Royce Da 5’9. The two remaining DVE stores in Twelve Oaks and the Eastern Market will stay open for business.