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Den and Delve beautifies and simplifies

August 2, 2015

Hello everyone!
I want to take this time to introduce you to Patrick who is the creator and owner of Den and Delve. Take a look at his gorgeous accessories that he creates himself. I love his apparant love of textures and earthy colors. He granted me an interview and I will share it with you now. Thanks Patrick!

Photo Credit: Den and Delve
Check out his new collection in his online shop!

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1. How has design shaped your life?

I’ve always been creatively active throughout my whole life… whether physically making something or even mentally (re)designing something. I’m that person who’s at a restaurant thinking about how I would have chosen different chairs or paint color through the entire meal! I’ve learned to embrace my unique talents and eye for design to make both a career and hobby of it. It’s nice to be professionally and personally in sync.

2. What led to you creating a career in design?

As I mentioned, when something is innate in yourself, you just go with it and make it work for you. I can’t imagine myself pursuing anything other than creative endeavors. It’s rewarding on multiple levels.

3. What made you choose to start an accessories line?

There’s a lot of great accessories out there, but I always crave something just a little more unique and personal. So, I started making my own things. As I experimented and created different accessories, I’d give them to friends when I had too many for myself. As interest grew, it seemed only natural to begin selling them… but I truly enjoy making things and would still do so even if I wasn’t.

4. How would you describe your work?

It’s pretty organic in the sense that it changes along with my interests and inspirations. One week I may be really into the color green, and then another I could be inspired by a trip I recently took. Overall though, my work is based in earthy color tones and is always full of texture and personality. I use vintage materials not only for the sake of repurposing, but for their unique qualities and appearances. By using them, no two of my accessories will ever be exactly the same. I like when things aren’t “perfectly manufactured” but have that recognizable handmade quality instead.

5. The fabrics you use seem to come from beautiful far off places. Do you travel a lot during the year to gather your materials?

As with most people, I actually wish I could travel more! I do try to travel to a few interesting places throughout the year, but I also rely a lot on local flea markets and vintage shops. Flea markets are a main source of materials for me, and many of those materials have done the traveling for me. Things generally come from other states or even countries, and have their own story of origin. I always ask vendors if they know where things came from, as it’s nice to know their history and journey and be able to pass that on.

6. Will you expand your brand into a larger lifestyle brand?

Anything’s possible! I also have a huge passion (and hobby) for interiors and decorating, and I approach that in the same way as I do my accessories: collected, textural and inspired by my experiences. Having a distinct point of view and specific aesthetic makes for an easy translation across different categories. I feel very rooted in my style approach, and am ready for anything that develops!

7. There’s a rugged, global elegance to your pouches and bags that
Really resonates with me. How has travel influenced your work?

There is so much inspiration and things to learn in countries, cities and cultures other than our own. When I travel, I’m constantly observing and absorbing everything around me – from the large and obvious like architecture, down to little details like the texture or color of a linen napkin in a restaurant. We probably aren’t even capable of taking in everything, but I do my best to immerse myself and change the way I see and experience things while traveling. I always return with a new fondness or interest in something which affects my creativity and work.

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