One of Stanley Rameau’s earliest style memories is walking into middle school wearing a full-boxed black suit with a white button-down, black sweater, black tie and black shoes. He looked around at all of his classmates dressed in sneakers and T-shirts and realized his Haitian mother and father weren’t quite like the other parents. But that’s a fact he cherishes, especially now, four years after his father’s death from multiple myeloma. Instead of letting the loss crush him, Rameau set out to honor his father’s life and creative spirit by creating the fashion label Paul Rameau, named for the late carpenter and fashion lover. The brand combines wardrobe essentials with a streetwear aesthetic and, in the short time since its launch, has already landed an online editorial for Vogue Italia. Today that child who stood out for being way overdressed is still attracting attention. We all should thank his parents.
Cologne or aftershave? My cologne completes me.
The greatest love of my life is definitely my mother. She worked three jobs to provide for our family, and no one makes me laugh like she does.
Witnessing the growth and success of the black creative entrepreneurs and artists in Boston makes me happy. There is a rebirth happening in our city.
My life story in four words is: Turned Pain into Power.
My persistence is my strongest asset.
When I was a kid, I was always leaving church early with my boys to play basketball in my best friend’s backyard. His basketball hoop was crooked, but for some reason I think that made us better players.
The best advice I ever got was ‘First Things First’—handle what’s in front of you before trying to jump to the next thing.
The five things left on my bucket list are have a conversation with Kanye West, give back to my family who poured so much into me, tell Tom Brady he’s the greatest thing since sliced bread, have Virgil Abloh come to a Paul Rameau event, and take my nephew to Tokyo.
Photography by: Karin Dailey