As a salesperson at a Miami boutique, Irma Martinez used to dress the mannequins in the windows. Customers loved the way she put the outfits together — so much so they’d come in and buy all the pieces.
Irma has always been a creative dresser, skipping the rules and mixing items in a unique way. She’d make things her own, twisting a knot in a shirt or wearing shiny shoes in the middle of the day.
“I used to get sick of everybody dressing the same, like there was a code for everything — this for this place, this for this,” Martinez remembers. “I was the rebel.”
“I mean, I would never believe it,” Martinez says. “Even sometimes when I’m with an artist at Madison Square Garden or something like that, I’m like, Wow, I cannot believe it. I’m here.”