LSG: Hey there! Let's jump right in, shall we. Can you give us an idea of the path you've taken professionally?
I don't have any formal professional training, I’ve been wingin’ it since 2010 when I started my line. I did a design your own major program in college where I studied the visual process from different disciplines. I focused mostly on the neuroscience and evolution of vision, and how that relates to our perception of art and design. Right out of college I worked for a clothing designer, Mary Meyer and learned a ton. After about a year, I went out on my own and started Dusen Dusen.
LSG: It might seem pretty obvious, but can you tell us how you decided on the name of your company? The reiteration is interesting.
My last name is Van Dusen, and growing up a lot of my friends called me Dusen. Because the line is based around repeat pattern prints, I liked the repetition of Dusen Dusen. Plus it has a nice ring to it.
LSG: We know you live in The Big Apple. How does location inform your process?
Being in New York definitely has an influence on the types of things I am making. What I love most about living here is easy access to what’s happening in art and culture. I go to galleries and museums regularly and stay up to date on what’s happening in the art world - I really enjoy it. Engaging in such a dynamic community of artists and makers provides a lot of the inspiration for my prints.
LSG: What "type" of person do you design for?
I usually just think about the things I imagine my friends wearing. I like my clothes to be easy and comfortable, but still to stand out and be a little bit weird. So, laid back, weird, cool, comfortable. That is how I would describe my ideal customer! I want her to feel confident and cool - not like she is going overboard but still unique.
LSG: How do materials inform your work?
I like the fabrics I work with to have that same easy quality as the silhouettes. I like natural, light fabrics that have a good drape and that feel nice against your skin.