Happy “birthday-versary” Den & Delve!
Although the Den & Delve Shop has only been open since 2014, did you know that Den & Delve was actually created 6 years ago today as an inspirational Tumblr page? To celebrate Den & Delve’s 6th year, I wanted to share a recent Q&A that was featured online at MR Magazine that literally delves into the creation, development and inspiration behind the brand. Featured with 3 other amazing designers, I’m honored to be included amongst their “four emerging brands that you need to know”. The (Den & Delve) particular excerpt is included here, but be sure to read about the other great designers in the full article.
FOUR EMERGING BRANDS THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW (via MR Magazine online)
“One of the best things about being fashion director at a magazine like MR is being able to discover new designers and brands, either online, on social media, in stores or at trade shows, and then being able to help give them exposure. The following four brands exemplify some of the most exciting new talent emerging in menswear.” – Michael Macko, MR Magazine
“Patrick Minkley is part of the Home Office Visual Merchandising and Creative Team for women’s store chain Anthropologie. But when he’s not traveling the country opening new stores and creating those amazing displays, he’s at home in Los Angeles hand-making some of my favorite accessories for his brand Den & Delve. He started the company in 2014 with the philosophy of handmade accessories that are made from re-purposed and vintage materials, which makes each piece one of a kind and supports sustainability efforts.“
Q: How did you come up with the name Den & Delve?
A: It was originally the name of my Tumblr page years before I started the online shop. While living in England, I had been posting photos from flea markets I frequented and of all the objects and materials I was collecting, which eventually turned into items I was creating. “Den” is in reference to a home space (a cozy room, or even that of an animal, since my original focus was on decorative objects) while “Delve” defines the search or investigation for materials and inspiration, which is a big part of my process. My blog of the same name is a place where I share inspiration and the process behind my work.
Q: What is the aesthetic of Den & Delve?
A: I appreciate vintage things that have character and a sense of history. So, although the materials are old, I strive for a sense of newness in either design or how different fabrics are paired. The fabrics are curated, always tactile, and while they’re unique, their history has a sense of familiarity to them. I’m inspired by the colors of nature, my travels, and worldly cultures. It may not always be obvious, but I’m typically telling some type of story through what I create, and I feel everyone connects with those elements and experiences in some way.
Q: What makes Den & Delve different from other accessory brands?
A: Each item is one of a kind. Although I could replicate similar designs, the nature of using vintage and limited fabrics ensures each piece will have its own look and personality. I like offering pieces that people know will be unique and are not mass produced, so no one else will have the same piece. Additionally, the entire process stems only from me. I spend a lot of time cultivating my inspirations and ideas to develop collections. I personally source all materials, design products, cut and sew fabrics to create each item, then hand-make packaging and wrap each item. I want customers to feel they are part of something personal.
Q: What is Den & Delve’s signature item?
A: Originally, it was the leather “arrow knot” key chain, but people have become very fond of collecting different pouches. Editor’s Note – I agree, I currently own about seven Den & Delve pouches!
Q: Where do you see Den & Delve in five years?
A: I’d like to expand my assortment to create and offer a whole lifestyle. This autumn/winter, I’ll be adding more scarves and will even be experimenting with jackets. And since home decor and interiors are my other passions, I’d love to incorporate objects that help tell the stories and enhance collections.
Q: Where can people purchase Den & Delve?
A: Currently the Den & Delve collection, which retails from $65 to $275, is available exclusively on my online shop at www.denanddelveshop.com, but I am also always looking for brands and retailers to collaborate with on special projects.
Thank you to everyone who has followed my journey over the years and supported me along the way. I’m proud of how Den & Delve has evolved, and excited to see what the future may bring. I’d love to hear from all of you about what items have been your favorites, and what else you’d like to see in the shop… I’m inspired by you as well!
Thank you! -Patrick