While she is known for creating classic staples, her signature pieces are her hats, as she creates various stunning silouettes with leather, linen, straw and toyo paper. Dani finds inspiration in her hometown of Vancouver, and we asked her more about what surrounds her life living in New York City.
Where are you based? And for how long have you been designing your line, Clyde?
Clyde is based on Allen and Grand street in the LES, Manhattan, but I live in Brooklyn just over the Williamsburg bridge. I've been designing goods and selling them for many years, but Clyde was officially launched in early 2012.
When did you get into hats? Can you tell me more about your recent collection?
The current S/S 14 collection was influenced by Chinatown in Vancouver. I grew up in Vancouver, and always felt a special connection to Chinatown’s vibrance and the way the older Chinese community dressed. Hats became a part of my collection in early on, first it was a fall collection of handmade felt hats. Now I make felt, straw, paper and fabric hats.
What do you like about a good hat?
A good hat can become an extension of you, or can be used to hide.
What's your favorite neighborhood spots around where you live and work?
In South Williamsburg, I love Otha coffee shop on Marcy. I go there almost every day, and know the names of everyone who work there. It's like my version of Cheers. In Lower East Side, Dimes is the best, so fresh!
When you're not designing, what's a favorite pastime?
Traveling, dancing and finding new music. Last weekend I went to Asbury Park, New Jersey, and there was a record shop that had a great dub/reggae/dancehall section so I swooped some good records there. I've also been listening to older Outkast albums as of late: “ATLiens”, “Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik”.
What are you most excited about this summer?
I'm most excited to go back to Jamaica. Last November I went for a few weeks, and I've decided it's my new home away from home. The music, people, environment, ocean, fruit and overall way of life... it's such a rich place. It’s also pretty much 86 degrees year round. Magic.