Victor Glemaud’s A Charming Designer

Victor Glemaud originally wanted to be a chef. After a few years ripening his skills, however, the New York-based designer decided he preferred fashion. A queer trajectory, sure, but there’s nothing standard about Glemaud, especially his eponymous label.

Though he founded his company three years ago, Glemaud’s still having trouble getting things off the ground. And he admits he’s to blame: “Distribution has been hard for me, because I’m not a sale person and I don’t know how to do it. I’m not a good production person, I just can’t figure out how to do it.”

Now that he’s working with a new business partner, Glemaud’s confident men the world over will enjoy his colorful, gentlemanly line, which is currently available only in Japan.

Our editor recently sat down with Glemaud to chat about his past, his future and his family, a topic with which he obviously expressed a bit discomfort…

Andrew Belonsky: We’ll start at the obvious place: the beginning. You were born in Haiti.

Victor Glemaud: Yes.

AB: And how long were you there for?

VG: Until I was three and then my family moved to Washington DC. My father worked for the government and we moved to New York when I was four or five.

AB: What did your father do with the government?

VG: He’s retired now, but he used to work for the Haitian embassy.

AB: Did you always want to be involved in fashion?

VG: Well, I wanted to be a chef or I wanted to go into fashion.

AB: Those are two different worlds!

VG: Absolutely! But you know what I’ve figured out? The egos in those worlds and the madness and the passion you have to have for both fields are similar. Obviously they’re completely different, but you have to love food and you have to love clothes. I figured out I didn’t love food. I went to cooking school and realized I liked to eat food and like to prepare it for family and friends, but it wasn’t what I wanted to do. So I decided to move back to New York and go to fashion school. I went to FIT and my first semester I started interning with Patrick Robinson. Then, maybe a year later, he moved to Hong Kong – this was the late 90’s – and then I worked for KCD for five years and then I moved to Paris for KCD and then six months later Robinson started working at Paco Rabanne and we started working together again.