PHOTOGRAPHED BY BARNABY ROPER
I’ve seen Victor Glemaud out for years at fashion functions, gay bars and late night hot spots,
but I never knew exactly who he was or what he did. Always impeccably dressed, usually
with a cigarette in one hand, cocktail in the other and scandal pouring out of his mouth in
an international jet set accent.
I’ve heard whispers of work at KCD, Tommy Hilfiger and his own eponymous line of knitwear.
But what was the real story?
Then one weekend I was invited out to the Chelsea, a new hotel in Atlantic City with
a club created by the Beatrice Inn boys. We spent a wild night featuring dance party mayhem,
naked English boys rummaging through room service platters and a sunrise on the beach in
golf carts. The next afternoon I found myself laid out by the pool where Victor was holding
court with Hanuk and other Beatrice buzzworthy boys. It was high time I got the bottom of
the legend of Victor Glemaud.
Born in Haiti, he moved to New York City with his family when he was three. He kicked off his
career as Patrick Robinson’s design assistant and later became a public relations guru at KCD
handling clients like Versace, Alexander McQueen and Gucci. Today he burns the professional
candle at both ends. He’s a menswear designer for Tommy Hilfiger as well designer of his own
line. Launched in 2006, Victor, always fond of a smart cardigan, began cutting up his father’s
old sweaters and created his now signature double cardigan. Victor is constantly inspired by
the smoldering looks and chic swagger of French 60’s film icon Alain Delon. His line has steadily
grown, garnering attention from stores such as Odin and Colette. Keep an eye out for Victor
this fall; he’s working on a new collaboration with Earnest Sewn.
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