We had the good fortune of connecting with Wildy Martinez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Wildy, is there something you believe many others might not?
“Balance is NOT key”.
I wasted a lot of my time and energy trying to create such “balance”. This is probably an unpopular opinion, but recently I discovered that “life’s balance scale” usually tilts heavier on one side more than the other. That’s how real life is. In my 20’s, climbing my way up in the Fashion Industry as a designer, I found myself struggling with the saying “work life balance”. If I can go back and give myself a pep talk I would say something along the lines of “hey, do not feel guilty for loving your job. That you secretly find it thrilling to go on days, week, and even months where all you breathe and think about is fashion. Don’t let your family and friends guilt trip you because you are at the studio creating and doing what you always wanted to do.” I believe I would have enjoyed that season of my life even more if I lived it unapologetically.
Then enter motherhood, career, and entrepreneurship, I threw balance out the window all together, all of it. Some days, my son requires more of me, so I do that. Other days our clothing brand requires more of me, so I do that a little bit more. On days when I have extra time I can choose which side of the scale I want to put more of me into. So, to me, balance is not key, wisdom is. The ability to know the value of our precious time and who or what deserves it.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve had a career in the Fashion for over 14 years. Designed for various brands and licenses along the likes of Jessica Simpson, Ellie Tahari, BCBG MaxAzria and so many others. I loved taking someone’s vision and running with it, elevating it while still keeping the integrity for each Brand. My dream has always been to use fashion somehow to do good. How can something that typically is considered to be a vain, make a change in the world. Today, I am the Creative Director of Elegantees. It’s a small business clothing brand with a big heart. We employ women who have been rescued from sex trafficking in Nepal through an organization that rescues almost 10,000 women per year from being trafficked. Talk about a dream come true! Fashion, that literally saves lives. I had the honor to travel to Nepal and meet some of these women and listen to their stories and courage. Their hearts and faces beaming with joy, freedom and gratefulness. I also lead a social media community called Wildflower Fields where I use my art to bring awareness of different social issues and to encourage women to embrace their individuality and unique beauty.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I was born and raised in NYC, so I guess their are a few spots that make my heart flutter.
On a perfect day, we would wake up early and get breakfast on the go and for a true New Yorker like myself, who grew up on in Washington Heights, that means you go to the “bodega” (corner deli) and order a bacon, egg and cheese on a roll. Grab our rolls and take the train to Central Park and walk around the conservatory garden, explore the park. Then we would walk over to Bergdorf Goodman and do some window shopping and break for lunch around the corner at Il Tinello, the best Italian restaurant in the city and it just screams old New York ! We would then hop back on the train and head over to the MET museum. We would end the night at upper west side, across Bryant Park at a Sushi restaurant called Koi. That’s a dream day with me. During the rest of the week, I would squeeze in a Soho shopping day, Rice and Riches dessert. K- Town for the best dumplings and hot soup. We would do a few NYC roof top bars and pop up art stores/ installations.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I actually want to dedicate my Shoutout to my mother. When I told her I wanted to be a fashion designer and artist at the age of 6, she never once doubted that that’s who I would become. It became such a matter of fact that both of my parents and even family supported my creativity by buying me all the Barbie clothing stencils to make paper doll outfits, to my first light box for tracing and supplies. As a teenager they encouraged me to attend a gifted high school, so thats what I did. At 14 years old, I was accepted to Fashion Industries High School in NYC. In my 20’s I attended Fashion Institute and just I just kept going and it’s what keeps me going.
Linkedin: Wildy Martinez
Other: Instagram: thewildflowerfields (Art community)
Clothing images pulled from elegantees website. Art/sketches are originals