Long BioBerny Martin is the founder and designer of Catou, an internationally recognized line of men’s and women’s professional wear started in 2002 by American designer. The line has been recognized on BET, MTV, Source Magazine, Indianapolis Monthly, Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis Woman, Indianapolis Business Journal, Indianapolis Recorder, Bella Magazine, Miss Universe Magazine, Power Magazine (Atlanta), Fashion Manuscript, and Focus Magazine (Louisville). Berny was awarded the United Nations Association Young Professionals in 2009 for his support and menswear fashion designer in the Midwest by FGI (Fashion Group International). Berny and Catou have been shown at Paris Fashion Week, New York Emerge Fashion Week, Brooklyn Fashion Week, Chicago Fashion Week and African Travel Association Fashion Show, and is the main staple of Midwest Fashion Week.
Time Magazine recently featured Midwest Fashion Week as the leading fashion week in the Midwest. Midwest Fashion Week began in 2006 when he saw a need for a Midwest outlet to showcase a range of local to international designers. MFW is also a power platform to showcase the talents of stylist, photographers and models’ … Through the years, MFW has expanded past the traditional Fall and Spring series of shows. Smaller, private events take place throughout the year with partners. These include; affordable fashion seminars, trunk shows featuring local designers and runway fashion shows. Berny and his team have raised over $500,000 during events for 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.