Victor Glemaud’s interest in fashion started at an early age. He would devour his sister’s subscriptions to W, Elle, and Vogue cover to cover shortly after the magazines showed up in the mailbox of his childhood home in Queens, New York. “I was intrigued by everything that went into [fashion]: models, makeup, photography,” recalls Glemaud. His interest in the industry led him to New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. While still in school, he landed an internship with designer Patrick Robinson where he was promoted to design assistant before turning 20.
After graduating, Glemaud spent nearly six years working for public relations firm KCD, meeting with editors, agents, and buyers from around the globe, an experience he refers to as his “finishing school.” Shortly after, Glemaud moved to Paris and reunited with Robinson to work at Paco Rabanne. It was in France where Glemaud launched his eponymous label in 2006 with a collection of four sweaters. In the years since, he returned to New York, developing his clothing line while designing mens and womenswear for Tommy Hilfiger.
Now, Glemaud has expanded into products with Cul-de-Sac, a collection of fabrics, trims, and wallpaper for luxury brand Schumacher. “Obviously, my profession is in fashion, but being creative and in the visual arts, home and interiors play a big part in what we see and how we interact with it,” he says.
The collection is distinguished by personal touches. Soft hibiscus pattern Fabienne is named after his sister, while inspiration for the toile pattern came from a book Glemaud was reading at the time, Black Spartacus: The Epic Toussaint Louverture, which recounts the life of the leader of the Haitian Revolution. “The idea of creating this Toussaint Toile that is inspired by and references this historical figure for Haiti and the world was a great foundation for the rest of the collection,” says Glemaud.
This is just the beginning: In 2023, Glemaud and Schumacher will release additional colorways. “This collaboration is all of me,” he points out. “It’s my design work, it’s my culture, it’s my history—it’s all in one.”
This article originally appeared in HD’s 2022 Product Marketplace issue.