Art. Design. Creative Direction. Devon Dejardin does it all. A creative visionary whose art exists in many forms - painting, clothing, photography - Dejardin learned at a young age to fuse together his art with fashion. From abstracted faces to graffiti inspired skulls, Dejardin’s art is reminiscent of the Neo-Expressionist art movement in the 1970’s and ’80’s (Jean-Michel Basquiat instantly comes to mind). We collaborated with Los Angeles-based Dejardin on a custom Coachella collaboration of hand painted jackets and backpacks for an impressive influencer and celebrity list of festival goers. Below, Dejardin discusses his art and why he’s excited about our collaboration.
DSTLD: Tell us a little bit about yourself – how did you get to where you are today?
DD: Originally from Portland, Oregon, my interest in design/art started when I was about 14-15 years old. I remember I was taking a graphic design class in high school and became fascinated with mocking up graphics on tee shirts. I would go to thrift shops and find weird abstract graphics, cut them apart and re-sew them onto other tee shirts. I would apply my own graphics on top of it and create these one-of-a-kind pieces. As I grew older and focused more on painting I began merging my art with fashion and painting/customizing garments.
DSTLD: What was your inspiration for this Coachella collaboration and why did you decide to collaborate with DSTLD?
DD: Inspiration for my designs can literally come from anywhere – buildings, music, a conversation, etc. I’ve always been an aesthetic person and am extremely particular about details, colors, patterns and architecture. I often find things in everyday life (relationships, struggles, interests) and try to incorporate them into the storyline of the designs to stay connected with everything I create. I decided to collaborate with DSTLD for a few reasons. I love that DSTLD focuses on simple design, superior quality, and a minimal color palette of black, white, and grey (my favorite color palette). DSTLD provided a perfect canvas for me to paint.
DSTLD: When do you feel most creative / inspired / driven to create?
DD: I feel most inspired to create in times of emotional turmoil. I find that when I am frustrated with my certain state of mind or angered by things going on around me, my creative potential thrives. I draw a lot of my inspiration from my personal dislikes in society as well as individual attitudes I come across.
"I feel most inspired to create in times
of emotional turmoil."
DSTLD: You also design a clothing line. Tell us, what does style mean to you?
DD: I read a year ago that Iris Apfel said “Style is something integral, it’s something that’s you, it’s part of your psyche. You have to study yourself, learn who you are, learn what you really like, what you don’t like, what you’re comfortable with, how you feel, how people react to what you wear, and how much it bothers you if they don’t like it. It’s all of those things. And I think that that requires some hard work that a lot of people don’t wanna do, but if you don’t do that, you can copy somebody else’s style, but it won’t be yours. It ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it." I’ve always found a lot of truth in her statement. So many people copy the cultural trends that are out there. They claim it as their own style but you can clearly see the inorganic aura to it all. Style to me ultimately means knowing who you are.
"Style to me ultimately means knowing
who you are."
Images by Bianca Gerasia | @theglasscamera