dean of style

one friday afternoon about three weeks ago, some birthday money burning a hole in my pocket,  i found myself with time to kill in silverlake while waiting for a friend to get off work. i decided to seek a remedy for my rare financial situation amidst the shops on sunset blvd. and that’s when i discovered dean, in all its beautiful handmade leather accessories glory.

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dean’s slightly recessed facade plays a shy sister to those of northern neighbors intelligentsia coffee and the silverlake conservatory of music. but step inside, and all doubts about boldness go right out the window. handcrafted onsite, dean’s collection of leather belts, wallets, wrist cuffs, watches and (goodbye birthday money) handbags come in an assortment of colors and textures. there’s even recycled leather products for the more PC at heart. but the real beauty behind each design is the marriage of classic lines and sophistication with rough-around-the-edges details like burnished metal studding and clasps. think george clooney circa the opening scene of ocean’s eleven: slightly disheveled tuxedo, undone bowtie strewn around open shirt collar that breathes, ever so faintly, of last night’s cologne. if that spells yummy to you, you’re in for a treat.

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but don’t take my word for it. check out the goods in person or online yourself.

{all photos courtesey of dean}


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