When Daniel Martinez, scion to one of the Houston area's largest and most established vintage rag houses, first came to Brooklyn in September 2010, little would he expect to find himself fast-tracked in the world of alternative fashion design and pop-up markets. For Martinez, whose Black Cat Vintage quickly became a staple for vintage menswear lovers in Williamsburg, Artists & Fleas was the first chapter in a Tim Burtonesque take on the "how to make it in NYC" story. Martinez came to sew. And while he has built up a steady clientele for his and Gypsy Nation Vintage partner Martha Camarillo's fine finds, the launch this past Fall of his M2AF (Moth 2 A Flame) ready-to-wear line during NYFFW got a lot more buzz.
For a complete look at the line and the works in progress, visit Daniel at Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market where he holds it down through December 31st on 10th Avenue & 15th Street.