Dennis Comeau

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Dennis Comeau (born 1965, New Haven, CT) is a shoe designer and former new wave vocalist and guitarist. Musically he is best remembered for his short-lived band Hormones[1] with Stiv Bators and Andre Siva, his band Flustercunk, and collaborations with members of Pere Ubu, and DNA. Flustercunk notoriously opened for Blondie at CBGB in 1982, and were kicked out and asked not to return after a fight broke out in the crowd and Comeau was hit in the face with a bottle and hospitalized. The band was accused of "inciting a riot", though band members refuted the accusation.[2]

After leaving the music industry, Comeau became an assistant to shoe designer Enzo Angiolini, now owned by Jones New York. Moving to Florence, Italy in the mid-1980s, Comeau launched both a couture line of ladies shoes, and followed up a few years later with a bridge line under the Comeaution label.[3]

In 2001 Comeau acquired the then-defunct Bernardo Sandals label along with his business partner Roy Smith of Houston, TX.[4] A higher-priced line under the label "Bernardo Vintage Couture" was launched worldwide in 2011,[5] consisting mostly of re-issued sandals designed by Bernard Rudofsky and Eva Sonino. Bernardo was sold in 2011, and Comeau and wife Lynne resigned from their design position with the brand in March 2013.[6]

The Herbert Levine line was also briefly designed and owned by Comeau.[7]

Comeau and wife Lynne relocated to Tesuque, NM, in 2006, where they jointly own and operate a shoe design studio along with the studio in Florence, Italy.[8]


7" Singles

  • What's Under Your Genes? - Sire Records 1982
  • 21 and Dead - Revenge 1982 (Import/France)
  • I Know You are but What am I? - Apex Records 1982


  1. ^ "Footwear Plus", January 2010,
  2. ^ "Beat Instrumental Monthly", September 1982
  3. ^ "Footwear News" July 29, 1991.Infantino, Vivian
  4. ^ "Paper City Magazine", April 28, 2011.!/
  5. ^ "New York Times", February 16, 2011.
  6. ^ WWD, March 12, 2013.
  7. ^ "WSA Today", August 2008. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-07-22. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  8. ^ "Albuquerque Journal", September 25, 2007.