Under the moniker Deer Dana, NYC design duo Dana Veraldi and Kevin Tekinel create hand-drawn tees and totes featuring “wearable portraits” of venerable tastemakers, from Kanye West in full Egyptian regalia and Prince Harry replete with rosiness and that roguish grin to Dame Maggie Smith in all her “Downton Abbey” pursed-lip glory.
The Q&A section of the Deer Dana site is full of unexpected treasures, inspiriing Fab to turn the mic around to Dana and Kevin. Here’s what they had to say for themselves:
Who are you?
Dana Veraldi and Kevin Tekinel AKA Deer Dana
What is your sign?
We are both Gemini, born 2 days apart.
What are you currently reading, watching and listening to?
Dana - Reading: Broken Music: A Memoir by Sting, Watching: Breaking Bad, Listening to: Cat Power, Blood Orange, Frank Ocean
Kevin – Reading: The Line of Beauty, Watching: the Olympics, Listening to: Dana’s music
What was the last great meal you ate?
We love Jack’s Wife Freda and recently had a great dinner at The Fat Radish.
What are three things that you treasure? (**Yes, they gave us four—the final thing was that important.)
Friends, the ocean, music and movies.
What is your next DEERDANA project?
We are working with one of our favorite brands for Fashion Night Out. We have a few new designs that will be released in the beginning of September. And we are hoping to begin making tees for children and sweatshirts.
Stay tuned for Deer Dana kid’s clothing, upcoming collaborations and more cheeky portraits!