VISIT: 4523 N ALBINA AVE, PORTLAND, OR 97217
STORY BY RACHEL SCHWARTZMANN – SHOP DEA DIA – PHOTOS BY NICHOLAS PETER WILSON FOR THE STYLE LINE
Portland-based design shop Dea Dia is quite literally rooted in new beginnings.
What started as a side project for Jessica Lawson, Dea Dia founder, and self-taught artist, organically developed into a tiny but mighty business that has manifested into what is now the brand’s gorgeous storefront.
From the in-house line of jewelry to wall-hangings and hair pieces, Jessica’s growing collection runs the gamut and provides a dynamic array of accessories for women everywhere. Not to mention, we also love Dea Dia’s premise for championing a sense of sartorial courage by encouraging those in the community to try new things (in both life and style). As Jessica mentioned in our interview below, “Pronounced Day-uh Dee-uh, Dea Dia was a little known Roman goddess of fertility and growth. I’ve always interpreted that as ‘New Beginnings’ and the concept that you are starting something new and exciting and your possibilities are endless and waiting to be formed. That said, I think that there is an element of bravery in starting new.”
Coupling this with Jessica’s thoughtful curation of locally-made and women-owned brands, and the shop’s distinct interior design aesthetic, the space itself is truly a feast for the eyes. Earlier this month we had the opportunity to explore Dea Dia and sit down with Jessica firsthand, who kindly spoke more to the inception of the brand, her ever-evolving design process, and thoughts on small business ownership. Without giving too much away, discover our full conversation with Jessica below and enjoy beautiful images from our time together captured exclusively by Nicholas Peter Wilson for The Style Line.