About the Designer
In 2010, designer Ellen Van Dusen launched Dusen Dusen, a womenswear line known for its bold, original prints on versatile, wearable silhouettes. Each season, the Dusen Dusen collection is developed and inspired by fine art, commercial and naïve design, as well as the brain’s reaction to color, movement, and contrast. In 2015, the brand expanded with the launch of Dusen Dusen Home, a textile and home goods line that includes bedding, throws, pillows, and towels. Ellen Van Dusen was born and raised in Washington, DC and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY with her dog, Snips.
“If you’re familiar with Dusen Dusen, her pattern-forward line of clothing and homewares, then you’ll know character is not the sort of thing she compromises on. This is a designer who, bored with the blah bedding market, debuted linens printed with shapes, squiggles, and fruits. Needless to say, she went for the fixer-upper.
After all, she reasoned, she knew what to expect. For several of her high school years her parents—both architects—had renovated their place in D.C. She was used to the camping-in-your-own-house thing. So she called in her dad’s D.C.-based firm, Van Dusen Architects, to help with the interiors, hired a local contractor, and set to work.”