Between the funky kicks and assortment of vintage furniture at the oldest Fluevog store in the world, Jody Glenham can be found on the sales floor, matching people with their perfect pair of shoes — their sole mate. To work for the local designer is more than just a sales position, it takes a courageous trendsetter who can walk a mile in irregularly shaped 4-inch heels. Or, more to Jody’s taste, lace-up black leather military style boots and knee-high socks. When the store closes down she’s off with her guitar making some melancholy music to share with the world. Here’s what she had to share with us on a quiet morning in the store before the business opened.
BeatRoute: How long have you been working here?
Jody Glenham: Six years.
BR: Have you been playing music on the side the whole time?
JG: Mmmhm. I actually started here because I was playing keys in Mikey Manville’s band, The Manvilles. I was looking for a job and they were hiring and Mikey’s like, ‘Yeah, come on in!’ So I started – through a band mate!
BR: Does it coordinate well with your music career on the side?
JG: Yes, well I work here part time so it’s easy to take time off. They’re super supportive of being an artist, being a musician. John does an in-house artist grant for employees. They do a few artist grants a year, I got one a few years ago. That’s how I put out my last album, Gypsy Babe.
BR: What kind of music do you listen to at work?
JG: Right now we use Songza a lot. It’s easy for everyone to agree on something because there’s so much at your fingertips. The shoes here are really unique, so being able to play what we want to is a reflection of our own personalities and also, I think customers are attracted to Fluevog for that specific reason, that brand of individuality.
JG: Too many to count, and too many to tell my boyfriend about! They make it really easy to earn shoes here.
BR: And isn’t there a bag here named after you?
JG: Yes! The bag that was named after me a few years ago. They’re a great company to work for, really conscious and involved. They involve the employees in the design and ask for a lot of feedback on designs and like to know immediately how things are wearing and things like that. I was trying out the bag for them to check for ware and they’re like, “By the way, we’re naming it “The Jody!”
BR: Do you know John Fluevog personally?
JG: Yes. When this was the only store, his design desk used to be behind that fogged glass window. He would come in and hang out and be super zen on the floor and stand with his arms crossed trying on shoes to see how things look on the foot.
BR: Do you get a lot of artists’ business?
JG: Definitely. Just from playing shows and stuff I see a lot of people wearing Fluevogs. Also because we’re across from the Commodore and the Vogue, a lot of touring musicians will come in. John’s done custom shoes for Jack White and Courtney Taylor.
Jody Glenham is releasing her new 7-inch, Dreamer, November 4 at the Biltmore Cabaret.
By Jessica BrodeurBC, British Columbia