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James Martinez

James Martinez

Age 29, Dallas, TX - Out Episode 2
  • Exit Interview: Episode 2
  • James
  • Runway Rewind: Episode 2
  • Runway Rewind: Episode 1
  • Team Challenges
  • James Martinez's Closet Tour
  • James Martinez's Home Visit
  • James Martinez's Casting Session
Q&A James' Take
QDescribe your family. AI grew up with my mother and sister. I am besties with my mother, or a mama's boy. It's cool. We were raised in a Christian church. We have always been into shopping since I was able to crawl. They both wear my designs and strut it.
QCurrent occupation? ADesigner of my own brand.
QPast jobs? AConsultant for startup companies, and cable guy for six years.
QWhen did you realize you had designer potential? AAfter being complimeted for 10 years as a stylist working in high-end luxury stores.
QWhat's your design training/schooling, etc.? AThe Art Institute, majoring in fashion design.
QHave you won any awards for your designs/work related to design? ATop Ten Texas Next Top Designer.
QStrengths as a designer? AI design for anyone. And my construction skills are strong.
QWeaknesses as a designer? AI am not great at waking up early.
QWhat are your influences? AI have a rebellious past and love to redefine things.
QWhat's playing on your iPod when you're designing? ARock.
QFavorite material or fabric to work with? ADenim.
QItem you're most proud of designing? AHandbag for my mother.
QFavorite designer(s)? AViktor & Rolf, and Valentino.
QSketch or drape? ABoth, so call it skrape.
QPatterns or solids? ASolids for life.
QFavorite colors? AGray, royal blue and black.
QBiggest fear as a designer? ANot sleeping enough, or not being able to make everyone happy.
QFashion must? AGray shoes from Jo Ghost, my favorite shoes.
QUgliest item of clothing/accessory you've worn? AIt's forecasted for next year; stay tuned.
QFavorite style icon? ALenny Kravitz.
QWhat would you design for the first lady? ASome nicer accessories.
QCelebrity you wish you could design for? ABrad Pitt. Jackets.
QFavorite supermodel muse? AVictoria Beckham.
QIf you had to name your label, you'd call it... ABARRON & J
QIf you weren't designing, you'd be... AA psychologist.
QPlaces/cultures you wish you could design for? AEnglish/London.
QDream place to set up your business? AItaly.
QWebsites that feature your work? ABARRON & J.COM, and BARRON AND J.COM
QHow were you described as a kid? ASHY.
QHow are you described by your family and friends? AAwesome.
QWhy do you think you're easy to live with? Why aren't you? AI adapt to everything, because I eat a lot.
QFavorite hangout? AThe Ritz-Carlton.
QHobbies? ARepair cars.
QFavorite movies and TV shows? A"RocknRolla," "Boiler Room"
QFavorite books/authors? ABrian Tracy.
QFavorite websites?
QYour Twitter handle? ABARRONANDJ
QiPhone/Android/Blackberry? AiPhone.
QFast food or gourmet? ABoth; fast food once a week.
QCooking or takeout? ACooking.
QFavorite foods? AHamburger.
QBeer or wine? AWine.
QGuiltiest pleasure? AAdrenaline junkie.
QBiggest pet peeve? ABeing cheap.
QHow did you end up auditioning for PR? AI am a stalker to see when it is available, and I had tried two other times.
QFavorite past PR designer? AJeffrey Sebelia.
QChallenge you wish they'd bring back? AGraffiti.
QChallenge you hope they don't? A
QYour take on team challenges: ALove them, because they're so random.
QWhat do you look for in a model? AHer pose, and making sure she does not look cheap.
QDo you think you can win "Project Runway"? AYes, because I have what it takes.