inside vincent ho closet

Inside the Closet of a Fashion Sales Director Who Owns Museum-Quality Alexander McQueen

Vincent Ho shares how to find your fashion white whale, no matter how rare. New York.

By: Hannah Baxter
Styling: Hannah Baxter, Monique Kamargo
Photography: Alec Kugler

There’s a fine line between being a fashion obsessive and realizing that clothes, shoes, and accessories are all just meant to be a source of pleasure and fun. When we find someone who can both rattle off a fashion thesis in under 20 seconds, and rock a holographic CHANEL bag complete with Sailor Moon charms, we know that their closet is going to be one for the books. That’s how we felt after walking into the Upper West Side studio of Vincent Ho, the sales and communications director for burgeoning line Peter Do. With custom racks lined with a variety of statement outerwear, plenty of heart-shaped sunnies, and a one-of-a-kind pair of McQueen heels straight from the 2010 runway, it’s clear he knows exactly what he likes and how to track it down, no matter how tough to find.

“I did my undergrad [in] biology and fine art because my original game plan was to become a plastic surgeon,” he explains while whipping us up a fresh batch of waffles and wearing an embroidered Prada coat, because naturally. “Very much like Felicity—Felicity had those two majors, too.” Having two doctors for parents, it understandably took a bit of time for them to come around to his dream of working in the fashion industry, but he was not to be deterred. “After I graduated, I was at a turning point where I was like, If I want to get into fashion, I need to do it now.’ They eventually came around and were really supportive.”

As we pull out yet another incredible coat (just wait ’til you hear how long it took him to find his Balenciaga shearling) and glittery Saint Laurent boot, Ho elaborates on the challenges and rewards of working first in fashion PR, and eventually joining a small team of millennials to launch one of the most intriguing new labels of the season. “It’s a lot of work. We make a lot of mistakes. But there’s no one that I would have rather done this with besides Peter and our team.” That team happens to include Coveteur alum Jessica Wu, whom he met through Instagram. “Literally everyone met each other on the internet. We’re children of the millennium.”

Click through to learn how Ho sources his most cherished runway pieces, his opinion of the state of fashion retail, and why he has described his personal style as “rainbow thot” since high school. Plus, shop his closet here.