Derrick Cruz is a Brooklyn born designer, artist and educator currently influenced by the intersection of storytelling, craftsmanship and technology as materialized in the applied arts. 

As a springboard for his creative and entrepreneurial vision, Cruz is the founder of jewelry brands Black Sheep & Prodigal Sons and He's also creative director and founder of the influential collective and exchange project know as Occulter – which nurtures relationships at the collector, retail and market levels.

Cruz works in Brooklyn and is a faculty member at Parson’s New School for Design. 

Cruz is the recipient of several international honors including the GEN ART Styles Design Vision Award for Accessories and the Icarus Excellence in Painting Award. Cruz’s work has been featured at New York's Munch Gallery, The Museum of Art and Design, Spring Gallery of Brooklyn, Earnest Sewn New York Exhibitions, The Santa Monica Museum of Art, Capsule New York, as well as in Tribeca Grand Art Exhibitions,  and Barneys New York. His work has also been included in numerous publications the likes of Time Magazine,The New York Times (commissioned to create the “T” logo for T Style), Interview, GQ, New York Magazine, Tokion, Vman, Zink, Elle, W, Clear, WWD, Purple, Rolling Stone, and many others.