Freshman year at RISD i met Dina and we became fast friends. She is a twin and her awesome sister Alyx was at culinary school near our school so all three of us hung out a lot. My first trip to San Francisco was with them over our spring break and i brought Dina home with me to experience a little bit of the south. Dina's mom is a truly inspiring woman who i had the pleasure of meeting and hearing the stories of their family travels. I was always inspired by their adventurous spirits and its not at all a surprise to me that she has created this gorgeous brand, Clark & Madison.
Dina runs her brand with her boyfriend Michael "Frosti" Zernow. He was born in small town in Northern Michigan and after dropping out of college he traveled the world as a professional freerunner, motivational speaker, and reality TV star (Survivor: China, American Ninja Warrior, Jump City). After working in marketing and branding for several start ups met Dina and connected instantly with her passion for putting good things into the world. The two set about creating a brand that combined their love of adventure and travel with the quality of handmade production and attention to detail. So its really funny because last summer or maybe the summer before, Matt and I were watching TV one evening and randomly started watching Ninja Warrior and saw Frosti competing and Dina cheering for him, it was so crazy!
Here is Frosti & Dina looking fabulous and Me & Dina freshman year- circa 2004!
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What is your current job and previous & Where do you live?
Describe your work process
Starting your own company you have to wear a lot of hats. I'm sourcing materials, I'm organizing the photo shoots, I'm contacting companies. But it does give me an amazing perspective on the brand as a whole. I feel very connected to each step of the process and it keeps it very personal, which I love.
What do you enjoy most about what you do?
If you could design for any client who would it be?
I want to design for someone who has traveled the world. An adventurer who has been places no one goes and who finds things that people have never seen. I want someone with stories to tell that will take one of our bags and make new ones. That's the kind of person that hands down a bag to their children already rich with history, I want to make things that will become a part of a legacy.
Tell us a few of your favorite spots in your city. (restaurant, shop, coffee bar etc)Our favorite place for dumplings is in Monterey Park. We always go to Sawtelle St. for asian street food. Father's Office and Stout are tied for best burger places. And Primo Passo is right around the corner from us and the only thing better than their coffee is their pastries.
I think you can all agree with me that these pieces are just beautiful and timeless. I want one of each please! Dina has been so kind to share a coupon code with Handmade in the Heartland readers for 15% off anything on the site! Just use coupon code heartland15