Victoria was born and raised in Manhattan. As she says, “We grew up trick-or-treating vertically.” And yes…Labalme is her real name. Her father is from Paris.
In 1994 she was offered a lead role performing with Mummenschanz and the Big Apple Circus. She chose not to run away with the circus.
While an undergrad at Stanford University, Victoria worked on a Random House book about the performance + mental training techniques of National Champion triple jumper Milan Tiff
Her work with corporate groups began in the 1980s at The Santa Fe Mountain Center where she led experiential educational courses for corporate teams and youth-at-risk.
In 1993 Victoria spent 2 months in Ghana, West Africa for an organization focusing on performing arts and education…straw huts, no electricity, and 100 degree heat.
She is an avid outdoors-woman & kayaker with extensive wilderness travel experience including a 75-day expedition in Alaska.
Her favorite “adult beverage” is scotch and her favorite dessert is chocolate cake. As far as she is concerned, “If it’s not chocolate, it’s not dessert.”
She is the Founder & Artist behind Little Works® Stationery Products, launched in 1993.
Her great uncle was the legendary industrial designer Raymond Loewy, known for creating the logos and design for Shell, Exxon, Nabisco, US Postal Service, Coca-Cola bottle (in its famous slenderized shape), Greyhound Bus, the Studebaker Avanti car and with JFK — the distinctive markings on Air Force One. Victoria’s keen interest in the blend of art and business is in her blood…
She is married to the Muppets originator/performer and feature film director, Frank Oz.