DUSEN DUSEN does DOG
Designer Ellen Van Dusen + her pup Snips create canine cool sweaters
Ellen Van Dusen was born in Washington, DC and raised by architect parents in a vibrant, creative home. As a child, she sponge painted her own clothing with her mom; as a teenager, she altered and re-dyed thrift store discoveries; in college, through a self-directed major at Tufts University, she studied the psychology of design and the brain's reaction to visual stimuli. After graduating, she founded DUSEN DUSEN, a line of universally flattering basics driven by the prints she creates from scratch each season. Her inspiration is dram from far-flung and unexpected places, like mid-century resort architecture, Italian industrial design, Scandinavian textiles, Google maps, handwriting...and her pup Snips!
While her personal style was reflected in her women's and new home collection (featuring sheets, blankets, rugs, towels, pillows), Ellen realized that Snips needed a way to express herself - and keep warm! - too. In sweet sweaters reflective of this season's knits, the DUSEN DUSEN dog sweater collection mirrors prints and moods from the full apparel and soft goods lines.
DOG & CO. takes a trip to visit Ellen and sweet Boston Terrier Snips in their Williamsburg, Brooklyn studio to get the scoop on their #caninecool line of dog sweaters.
WHO IS THE PUP BEHIND THE BRAND?
Snips is a Boston Terrier, she turns 5 in November! She comes to the studio every day, and brings a great energy with her to work. When I'm stuck on something, I'll get on the floor with Snips and play around for a while. Plus, she gets me outside more than I would otherwise. Snips is integral to the whole process!
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR COLLECTION?
Easy, wearable silhouettes in bold, bright prints.
HOW DID YOU DECIDE TO BRANCH OUT INTO DOG SWEATERS?
I got a dog 5 years ago and in the winter she really needed to wear sweaters. I had a hard time finding ones that I liked, and I loved the idea of having a matching set with my pup! I asked my sweater manufacturers if they were up for it and they were really excited about the idea. Now it is my favorite clothing to make because I get to see a ton of pictures of dogs in my clothes. It's the best!
WHAT INSPIRES YOUR DESIGNS?
Often it's not something concrete, but I spend a lot of time looking gat contemporary art, and usually you can see the influence come through in the prints.
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