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Berny Martin


Sophisticated Menswear Designs from Catou by Berny Martin at CFW

Berny Martin
Indianapolis-based designer Berny Martin presentd the latest menswear collection for his Catou label at Couture Fashion Week New York.

Berny Martin is the founder and designer of Catou, an internationally recognized line of men’s and women’s professional wear launched in 2002. Mr. Martin developed an interest in fashion and clothing at a young age, and created his first collection and held his first fashion show while in college. Catou is named after the designer’s grandmother, Elizabeth Catou Loiseau, who raised him and encouraged his creative and artistic talents.

Edgy and elegant, flirty and sophisticated, Catou designs make a statement. Drawing from designer’s travel experiences as well as his studies in college and at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology in New York), Catou provides its customers with sophisticated and ageless fashion.

“I design with a creativity that extends beyond conventional fashion to offer an unique look,” says Berny Martin. “I create pieces with the customer in mind, paying attention to detail to guarantee well-made clothing that compliments its wearer.”

Catou has been featured on BET and MTV, as well as in such publications as Source Magazine, Indianapolis Monthly, Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis Woman, Indianapolis Business Journal, Bella Magazine, Miss Universe Magazine, Power Magazine (Atlanta), Fashion Manuscript, and Focus Magazine (Louisville). Mr. Martin was recognized by the United Nations Association of Young Professionals in 2009, as well as being named Menswear Fashion Designer in the Midwest by FGI (Fashion Group International). Catou designs have been shown at Paris Fashion Week, New York Emerge Fashion Week, Brooklyn Fashion Week, Chicago Fashion Week and the African Travel Association Fashion Show.

In 2006 Berny Martin founded Midwest Fashion Week when he saw a need for a Midwestern outlet to showcase a range of gifted local and international designers, as well as the talents of stylists, photographers and models. Time Magazine recently featured Midwest Fashion Week as the leading fashion week in the Midwest. MFW has developed to include smaller private events held throughout the year including fashion seminars, trunk shows featuring local designers and runway fashion shows. Mr. Martin and his team have raised over $500,000 during the events to support nonprofits through partnerships with organizations such as the Indianapolis Colts, Indy 500, Coca Cola, Vitamin Water, and Indiana University North Hospital, just to name a few.