Berny Martin is the founder of Catou, a clothing design company and Midwest Fashion Week, a fashion production company.
He was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and lived in southern Africa for several years. Â Berny is a fashion designer and a fashion producer.Â Bernyâ€™s intial career path was engineering with an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering.
stated â€œI have always envisioned myself as a fashion designerâ€�
Midwest Fashion Week
(MFW) began in 2006 when Berny
saw a need for a Midwest outlet to showcase a range of local to international designers.Â MFW
is also a power platform to showcase the talents of stylist, photographers and modelsâ€™ â€¦ 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.Â Berny
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.
Berny was recognize by the United Nations Association Young Professionals in 2009 for his support and menswear fashion designer in the Midwest by FGI (Fashion Group International).
have been featured in 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
. â€œLeading Fashion week in the Midwestâ€� Time Magazine.