by Stephen Garner
Glenn Martens / Portrait by Arnaud Lajeunie

Italian fashion group OTB has tapped Glenn Martens as creative director of Diesel, effective immediately. In his new role, Martens will overview the global brand’s style, communications, interior design, and more.

Born in 1983, Martens is a Belgian designer who started his career at Jean Paul Gaultier, and since 2013 he is the creative director of Parisian brand Y/Project. In 2017 Martens won the ANDAM award (of which OTB is one of the historical supporters), and in 2018 he was one of the guest designers of Diesel’s experimental capsule series Diesel Red Tag.

“Ever since I met Glenn in 2017 I saw his experience grow and his talent cement,” said Renzo Rosso, president of OTB. “Working with him on Diesel Red Tag, going through our company’s archives and heritage together, seeing him interact with the brand, brought us closer, and I am happy to now see him take the helm of Diesel, where he will marry his design vision with the iconoclastic values of this unique brand.”

“I am extremely honored and excited to join the Diesel family,” added Martens. “Synonymous with radicality, honesty, and optimism, Diesel helped shape the way we see the future. Its unique voice has made it an undeniable icon. Today, more than ever, I feel the need to celebrate these founding values, to build bridges through a message of hope.”