Dusen Dusen Home
PHOTOS BY BRIAN W. FERRY
The past few years have proven that — every once in a while — a fashion label can make a successful, mostly non-embarrassing crossover into furniture and housewares. Margiela, Hermès, and Rick Owens all come to mind, but who better than a textile designer to make the leap? At last week’s Capsule show, Ellen Van Dusen of the Brooklyn-based clothing brand Dusen Dusen launched a brand new line of soft goods for the home that feature her signature geometric patterns — sheets, blankets, rugs, towels, pillows, and a pouf — and the extension feels totally natural, like it was meant to be. Today she’s giving Sight Unseen a first peek at the line’s lookbook photos, which were shot by SU contributor Brian Ferry and feature cameos by both SNL comedian Aidy Bryant and Van Dusen’s official canine mascot, Snips.
Van Dusen says that for the most part, creating the collection felt pretty similar to designing clothing, but with a few key differences: “I like the scale of these kinds of items, their longevity in a home, and the idea of creating a space full of color and pattern,” she says. “In this first collection I brought back some of my favorite prints from past seasons — like Objects from spring ’14, Rake from fall ’11, and Ladder from spring ’15 — which was really nice because I was able to extend their lifespan, which is usually dictated by the (short!) fashion schedule.” The pieces won’t be available for purchase until August; sign up for Van Dusen’s mailing list to be first in line.