Well, look at that: Get FREE GROUND SHIPPING on domestic orders over $200—all October long!
No need for a code or anything, even. So you should probably get on that.
Standard_dusen-designer

ellen van dusen


OF dusen dusen

For Ellen van Dusen, the Brooklyn-based designer behind Dusen Dusen, it’s always been about the textiles. “I loved to search for them. I could never make them small-scale because it’s just way too expensive,” she explains, “but it was always something I wanted to do.”

It took Ellen a while to wrap her head around the idea of going into fashion, though. Unsure that she could actually survive making clothes, she took a more intellectual road into the design world, creating her own major at Tufts University that allowed her to learn about how we experience aesthetics. “I basically studied the visual system from as many different perspectives as I could,” she says.

After interning for Norma Kamali and working for Mary Meyer (another textile genius), Ellen decided it was time to start crafting her own collection and trying to get it into stores. Within no time, she was picked up by the New York boutique Duo and was knee-deep in orders. “I was constantly sewing—back then I was doing all the sewing myself,” she recalls. “That went on for like four months, until I decided that I had to do it full-time.” No big surprise here: The pace hasn’t slowed since.

As for what’s next, Ellen’s focusing on how to move her line forward for fall 2011: “I want to make sweaters. I’m having a hard time figuring out how to do that on a small scale. And I’d like to do pants. Those are my short-term goals.”

Shop the collection >>

dusendusen.com

Behind The Scenes

  • Profile_tumblr_lygnuxwclz1qazwkm
    5 Things on Ellen Van Dusen’s Home-Design Wish List In case you need some extra coolness to go with our pillows.Which came first: the Dusen Dusen mastermind’s desire to spiff up her Brooklyn pad, or the idea to make pillows with some of her rad textiles? What really matters is that we benefit on both sides. In addition to making two crazy-good white-on-denim pillows for us, Ellen Van Dusen also opened up to us about some of her hopes and dreams on the décor front. No surprise here: She not afraid of a little color. —ericaReady to get a lo... READ MORE »
  • Profile_tumblr_lyerd0ir3g1qazwkm
    Ellen Van Dusen Gets ‘Zine-Happy These are the four that are getting her going right now.If you visit Ellen Van Dusen’s Brooklyn apartment-slash-studio, you encounter a lot of (really brightly colored) source material. And ‘zines, specifically, are such a go-to for her that she and the BF recently had to invest in a rack to hold just them. “I just love that they are so tangible. I love that they are handmade, and I think a book is a really nice way to showcase an artist’s style,” she says of her collection/addiction. ... READ MORE »
  • Profile_tumblr_lyes7mtptl1qazwkm
    Meet Dusen Dusen For this Brooklyn whiz, it begins with a dynamite print.For Ellen Van Dusen, the Brooklyn-based designer behind Dusen Dusen, it’s always been about the textiles. “I loved to search for them. I could never make them small-scale because it’s just way too expensive,” she explains, “but it was always something I wanted to do.”It took Ellen a while to wrap her head around the idea of going into fashion, though. Unsure that she could actually survive making clothes, she took a more intellect... READ MORE »