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James Martinez

29, Dallas, TX

Describe your family.

I 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.

Current occupation?

Designer of my own brand.

Past jobs?

Consultant for startup companies, and cable guy for six years.

When did you realize you had designer potential?

After being complimeted for 10 years as a stylist working in high-end luxury stores.

What's your design training/schooling, etc.?

The Art Institute, majoring in fashion design.

Have you won any awards for your designs/work related to design?

Top Ten Texas Next Top Designer.

Strengths as a designer?

I design for anyone. And my construction skills are strong.

Weaknesses as a designer?

I am not great at waking up early.

What are your influences?

I have a rebellious past and love to redefine things.

What's playing on your iPod when you're designing?


Favorite material or fabric to work with?


Item you're most proud of designing?

Handbag for my mother.

Favorite designer(s)?

Viktor & Rolf, and Valentino.

Sketch or drape?

Both, so call it skrape.

Patterns or solids?

Solids for life.

Favorite colors?

Gray, royal blue and black.

Biggest fear as a designer?

Not sleeping enough, or not being able to make everyone happy.

Fashion must?

Gray shoes from Jo Ghost, my favorite shoes.

Ugliest item of clothing/accessory you've worn?

It's forecasted for next year; stay tuned.

Favorite style icon?

Lenny Kravitz.

What would you design for the first lady?

Some nicer accessories.

Celebrity you wish you could design for?

Brad Pitt. Jackets.

Favorite supermodel muse?

Victoria Beckham.

If you had to name your label, you'd call it...


If you weren't designing, you'd be...

A psychologist.

Places/cultures you wish you could design for?


Dream place to set up your business?


Websites that feature your work?


How were you described as a kid?


How are you described by your family and friends?


Why do you think you're easy to live with? Why aren't you?

I adapt to everything, because I eat a lot.

Favorite hangout?

The Ritz-Carlton.


Repair cars.

Favorite movies and TV shows?

"RocknRolla," "Boiler Room"

Favorite books/authors?

Brian Tracy.

Favorite websites?


Your Twitter handle?




Fast food or gourmet?

Both; fast food once a week.

Cooking or takeout?


Favorite foods?


Beer or wine?


Guiltiest pleasure?

Adrenaline junkie.

Biggest pet peeve?

Being cheap.

How did you end up auditioning for PR?

I am a stalker to see when it is available, and I had tried two other times.

Favorite past PR designer?

Jeffrey Sebelia.

Challenge you wish they'd bring back?


Your take on team challenges:

Love them, because they're so random.

What do you look for in a model?

Her pose, and making sure she does not look cheap.

Do you think you can win "Project Runway"?

Yes, because I have what it takes.