PSFK interviewed Coss Marte to discuss how he went from selling drugs on a street corner to running a company on 5th Avenue

When people think of life behind bars, it wouldn’t surprise me if they think inmates traffic dirty panties and bury guards in corn fields on the daily, thanks to Orange is the New Black’s sensationalized portrayal of prison life. That said, some of its depictions ring very true to the reality of serving time, like how difficult it is to assimilate back into society upon release. Former NYC drug kingpin and inmate Coss Marte is on a mission to change that with his prison-style fitness studio that opened its doors (or should I say, cell gates) at Saks’ Fifth Avenue’s The Wellery in May. PSFK interviewed Coss at his new studio to discuss how he went from selling drugs on a street corner to running a company on 5th Avenue, alongside racks of designer clothes and shoes.

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When people think of life behind bars, it wouldn’t surprise me if they think inmates traffic dirty panties and bury guards in corn fields on the daily, thanks to Orange is the New Black’s sensationalized portrayal of prison life. That said, some of its depictions ring very true to the reality of serving time, like how difficult it is to assimilate back into society upon release. Former NYC drug kingpin and inmate Coss Marte is on a mission to change that with his prison-style fitness studio that opened its doors (or should I say, cell gates) at Saks’ Fifth Avenue’s The Wellery in May. PSFK interviewed Coss at his new studio to discuss how he went from selling drugs on a street corner to running a company on 5th Avenue, alongside racks of designer clothes and shoes.