The Dallant

One of my favorite sites to browse for perfect essentials currently is The Dallant  - curated by the talented Grace. I love the easy, c...

One of my favorite sites to browse for perfect essentials currently is The Dallant - curated by the talented Grace. I love the easy, cool girl vibe with its simple but not simple take on pieces.  I've been obsessed with their blazers and lately I've been wearing the Vegan Leather Overshirt Jacket just about everywhere I go. It's got the perfect effortless cool vibe that I can't get enough of. Also just added the Padded Shoulder Tshirt to my wardrobe and it's really the perfect tee with a little extra.

As a big fan of the site, I was so honored to be included in an interview as a Dallant Girl where I share a bit of my background in fashion and the behind the scenes of my personal style. In chatting with Grace, I felt like we connected on our ideas of versatile, effortless styling so I thought it would be fun to turn the tables and ask her a few questions to get to know the genius behind the shop.

How/why did The Dallant start? What does dallant” mean?

I’ve always had the desire to start my own business someday and after gaining several years of work experience in the fashion industry, there came an opportunity for a change and I was motivated then to take the risk to start The Dallant.

“Dallant” [duh-lahnt] is the phonetic spelling of the word “talent” in Korean. Inspired by the “Parable of the Talents” from the Bible, one of my personal life mottos is to live my life to the fullest, without wasting my talents and resources that I’ve been gifted with. I’ve also noticed so many talented women that go unnoticed or are yet to be discovered. Through my store and The Dallant Girl’s blog, I wish to create a community and a platform for these like-minded creatives where there they can connect, express & inspire one another.

How did you come up with the concept/style of the store and its focus on Korean fashion designers?

One thing I really miss from Korea (other than the food, of course) is shopping. Every time I travelled to the motherland and came back to the states with some new fashion pieces, my American friends and colleagues would love it and ask where it’s from. I always felt so sorry (and awkward) telling them that they were from a local store in Korea and that it’s not available here. I wanted to be able to offer and give the US audience the access to local Korean stores. Also, as a Korean American myself, I hope to help other independent Korean designers expand into the US and global markets.

How is Korean fashion different than American fashion?

The general perception of Korean fashion in the US seems to be all about cute tops and dresses as seen on K-pop idols, but there is a whole other side of it that is often overlooked. If you dig deep into the world of Korean fashion, you’ll find some great elevated essential pieces that are perfect for everyday wear, at affordable prices. Korean designers are also quick at adopting trends, but they are incorporated in a very subtle way that makes even some of the more difficult trends easily wearable for the ordinary woman. The elevated essentials and wearable trend pieces are The Dallant’s focus.

What is your background in? Were you always in the fashion industry?

My background is actually in Fine Arts and Media/ Communications. My college days were mostly about creating geometric abstract paintings or writing essays. However, throughout college, I was fortunate to land a few internships at major fashion companies in NYC. I loved the industry - especially was attracted to how fashion involved both the creative and business sides of things. And that’s basically how my career began.

What is your first fashion memory? Were you always interested in fashion?

My earliest fashion memory would have to be the times I went shopping with my mom when I was little. I was always interested in fashion during my teenage years - I had a Tumblr mood board (this was clearly before the Pinterest era) and followed fashion magazines, but it was more of a hobby back then.

How would you describe your personal style and did that have a part with The Dallant?

I’d say my personal style is minimal and comfortable with a lot of neutrals. Sometimes, I like to sprinkle in some trend pieces here and there to pair with my minimal essential pieces. My personal style definitely play a huge part on the collections on The Dallant. I’ve noticed that our best-selling pieces are often my personal favorites so I try to only include pieces that I would personally wear myself. I’m so glad that our customers and I are on the same page!

The oversized blazers are practically synonymous with your store whats your view on blazers in a wardrobe?

I feel blazers are so essential in a woman’s wardrobe because they can be super versatile. Many people think that blazers are very formal and are for workwear only, but they can actually be styled with jeans, dresses, leggings, sweatpants - literally anything really. Oversized blazers are even better because it gives you room to style multiple layers inside.

What is your favorite piece that you had on The Dallant?

The Super Oversized Blazers, no doubt. It’s so hard to pick a favorite color way because I love all three, but I’d have to say that I wear the black one the most often.

What has been the most exciting moment in The Dallant so far?

Couple of months ago, I spotted a girl coming out of Trader Joe’s with The Dallant’s yellow shopping bag filled with groceries. This was so exciting for me because it was exactly how I envisioned the shopping bag packaging to be used by customers - as multi-purpose reusable bags that will help eliminate the use of plastic bags. I wish I had a chance to talk to her but it all happened too fast and I couldn’t stop her.

What do you have in store for The Dallants future?

As for The Dallant’s future, I hope to find ways to engage with our customers more to listen to their needs, continue to provide high quality, essential pieces and raise awareness for Korean designers. We have some exciting new brands that are coming on board this Fall, so stay tuned!

What is your #1 fashion tip?

My #1 fashion tip would be to craft a capsule wardrobe of essential pieces that you can wear anytime, anywhere. It’s nice to have a go-to outfit (like your uniform) that you can easily pull out when you don’t know what to wear, when you’re in a rush, or are feeling uninspired. For me, it’d be a pair of straight leg jeans, a white t-shirt, and a black oversized blazer.

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