Meet My Friend: Dina Epstein
The Clark & Madison collections are thoughtfully pieced together from the highest quality leathers and vintage/reclaimed materials resulting in a limited number of each style, making each piece unique and special. Everything is handcrafted in California and to die for.
What is your current job and previous & Where do you live?
I live in Santa Monica, CA & I design classic travel essentials. Before this I worked for Kiki de Montparnasse in their product department and a few other brands as an industrial designer and fashion designer in Los Angeles.
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?
I have the opportunity to put good things into the world. It feels good to make products that I believe in, to make a brand out of a lifestyle I believe in.
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.
Our first One of a Kind weekender I designed was based off of my Grandmother’s weekender that had been passed down to me. I took apart the design and made it on my own and then to bring it all together I used a vintage handwoven Navajo rug from my Grandfather’s collection. To me it was such a manful piece that really brought my own personal history into the brand.
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.