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For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in clothing and fashion. At eight years of age, I began sketching designs and actually sewed my first original piece, a pair of jeans. That was the beginning of Catou. However, it was not until I was in college that I created my first collection and held my first fashion show. Shortly afterward, I began saving the money needed to make my lifelong dream of creating a label come true. As founder and owner of Catou, I named the label after my grandmother, Elizabeth Catou Loiseau. She was my sole caregiver for much of my childhood, and during that time she encouraged my creative and artistic talents, which now produce the innovative Catou designs.
Edgy and elegant, flirty and sophisticated, Catou clothing makes a statement. Drawing from travel experiences as well as my studies in college and at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology in New York), I design with a creativity that extends beyond conventional fashion to offer an unique look. I create pieces with the customer in mind, paying attention to detail to guarantee well-made clothing that compliments its wearer. Catou clothing is made to provide customers with sophisticated and ageless fashion.
Berny 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.