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Dusen Dusen

Ellen Van Dusen

I’m Ellen Van Dusen, and I was born in Washington, DC and raised by architect parents in a vibrant, creative home. As a child, I sponge-painted my own clothes with my mom; as a teenager, I altered and re-dyed thrift store discoveries; in college, through a self-directed major at Tufts University, I studied the psychology of design and the brain’s reaction to visual stimuli. After graduating, I founded Dusen Dusen, a line of universally flattering basics driven by the prints I create from scratch each season. My inspiration is drawn from far-flung and unexpected places, like mid-century resort architecture, Italian industrial design, Scandinavian textiles, Google maps, and handwriting, but all of my production is done in the USA.

I create: pillows
I use: printed, brushed cotton twill
Favorite local hangout: Canal Plastics, Fort Greene Park, Dumont
Design should be: fun, clean, and bold