DENT de MAN demonstrates a unique approach to style with classic tailoring and individually sourced fabrics. The motifs used are adapted to exemplify the designer’s admiration of vintage fabrics, along with a profound love of culture and beauty. All of our Batik fabrics are adorned with Javanese patterns, which have been created using a specialist wax block printing technique. This is what ultimately defines the brands DNA, an endless appreciation for ancient printing methods and a commitment to adapt them into our contemporary world. DENT de MAN suggests a distinct lifestyle defined by freedom and quality, empowering individuals to dress for themselves. The designs capture an understated and charming elegance allowing you to stand out from the crowd without a contrived demand for attention. Johanne Dindler is the head designer.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do. I am a menswear designer. Studied in London at the Royal College of Art and head designer at DENT de MAN.
What are some recent, upcoming or current projects you are working on? I am currently in the research process for SS16 collection at DENT de Man.
How did your interest in art or fashion begin? To be honest I don’t remember how it started — as far back as I remember I always had an interest in art and the creative process. The interest in fashion kicked in when my fascination of Barbie dolls and creating clothes for them started.
#1 fashion don’t? As long as you feel comfortable in what you’re wearing and express yourself I think everyone can look amazing!
If you had to explain your work or brand to a stranger, what would you say? I would explain the work as a fashion designer like this: lots of fun and hard work and if you don’t love it don’t do it!
What materials do you use in your work and what is your process like? The DNA of DENT de MAN is defined by the use of old traditional print designs. All of our Batik fabrics are adorned with Javanese patterns, which have been created using a specialist wax block printing technique. It is a great pleasure for me as a designer to work with these beautiful original prints and find ways to combine them with other fabrics and materials to reach a new and contemporary look.
What artists or designers are you interested in right now? Tracey Emin, Michael Kvium, Juergen Teller, Kenzo, Gosha Rubchinskiy…
What’s your favorite thing about your city? The favorite thing about my home city (Aarhus, Denmark) is my family and the sea and that it’s so quiet and peaceful. My favorite thing about London is the diversity and the fact that you can always go somewhere and explore new things.
What are your thoughts about the fashion scene in London? London is a very creative place to be. You always meet new inspiring and creative people. There are a lot of great fashion designers and a lot of new fashion talent. I think, especially that the menswear scene is very strong in London.
What was the last collection you saw that stuck out to you? Walter van Beirendonck AW15
What is your snack/beverage of choice when working in your studio? Carrots and coffee.
What are you really excited about right now? Dent de Man SS16 !!!
If you hadn’t become a designer what do you think you’d be doing? I would’ve been a nurse.
What are you listening to right now? Sia and classical music.
Can you share one of the best or worst reactions you have gotten as a result of your work? I kind of wish that I had experienced a really bad reaction to my work (except from tutors feedback at uni) — it would be quite interesting… but no — people are always really positive and amazed!