Daniel Martinez's story of coming to New York to make it as a designer and setting up shop in Williamsburg is both an Everyman story and a Cinderella story all rolled up into one. Growing up sorting through tons of forlorn garments that made it into his family's rag house outside of Houston in the 1990s and 2000s, Danny got his hands on all things from rare vintage 1950s Levi's denim to the detritus of Houston oil baron zillionaires as they saw their fortunes dry up and with it their designer wardrobes. His Black Cat Vintage brand is still home to an eclectic and exciting men's vintage collection (totally Williamsburg) and his own ready-to-wear label, M2DF (Moth 2 De Flame), in collaboration with partner and market vintage veteran Martha Camarillo of Gypsy Nation Vintage, is starting to get noticed. 1) When did you first sell at the market? I came to Brooklyn the last week of August 2010 and set up Labor Day weekend.
2) What's your best memory from that day? I met a girl on the street and told her about the market and she came and bought something of mine.
3) What don't you miss from that day?Underselling!
4) Who's your most memorable customer? Lisa Bonet. That girl has kickass style!
5) What's your proudest moment?Selling one of my handmade M2DF dresses to supermodel Erin Wasson.
Stop by the market in Williamsburg and let Daniel outfit you in something sweet or sexy or totally, unmistakably you and trust that you're in the hands of a pro.