Dearest Creative

KORI & KIRSTEN
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Kori Dyer & Kirsten Pincket

Brooklyn, NY

Co-Founders, Dearest Creative


How did you get started with your career – and how does it reflect your personal aesthetic?

Kirsten from Florida, Kori from Philadelphia—it was always both of our dreams to live in New York. We met at VOGUE where we formed a working relationship and as we explored the industry together our bond grew stronger. From music, to fashion and beauty, our experiences have been rooted in cultivating genuine connections and crafting brands. That’s why we decided to build our own.

How have the women around you been instrumental in your lives and careers? 

Both of us growing up in a house of three sisters and incredible moms, feminine strength and independence was continuously instilled in us. We were both extremely lucky to have been raised in an environment where we were told that “you could literally do anything you wanted as long as you worked hard enough for it.”

From music, to fashion and beauty, our experiences have been rooted in cultivating genuine connections and crafting brands. That’s why we decided to build our own.

Cultural trends constantly change. What do you do to stay relevant, connected, and ahead of the curve? 

Although NYC is magical and has many advantages, it can get overwhelming to try to “keep up” with the ever-changing trends. Constantly moodboarding, reading, attending museums, seeing shows and creating just for fun is the most natural way to stay afloat and relevant. We also have an incredibly talented and successful group of friends who run the gamut in terms of career paths – which is very inspiring. Keeping the conversation with your community flowing is also a great way to stay connected.

Our initiative, Dearest, is a creative studio whose passions lie in human interaction and mindful communication. At the end of the day, we just want to work with brands we like.

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How do you keep track of your personal and business goals – and stay creative at the same time (even when you’re exhausted)? 

Personally, it’s a constant battle to juggle multiple projects, keep up with family and friends, exercise, get enough sleep and also feel wildly creative at the end of the day. I think that keeping everything organized and in perspective is the most effective way to be productive and happy in all aspects of life. Our mission is to visually problem solve in a visceral way. We stay curious, keep learning and know that risk is our friend.

At the end of the day, we just want to work with brands we like.

How important are mentors? Who are your mentors? 

On a day-to-day basis, we are each other’s mentors. In a larger sense –

Kori: Emily Dickinson—the original riot grrrl created deep and dark poetry in isolation. My favorite: “Forever is composed of nows.”

Kirsten: I have always looked up to Charlotte Bronte (1 of 3 sisters also!). She was an incredible author, poet and feminist trailblazer.

What is your advice for women entering creative fields or starting their own business? 

Focus on your strengths. Don’t ignore your intuition.

Our mission is to visually problem solve in a visceral way. We stay curious, keep learning and know that risk is our friend.

Place that inspires us the most…

Kori: The Magic Tree—a giant whimsical Japanese hackberry in Green Valleys, PA. As a nature camp counselor every summer there, I’d read stories under this massive deciduous beauty which re-roots to create a fort-like getaway. It’s my definition of an escape where you forget your worries.

Kirsten: The Galleria Borghese in Rome, Italy—the most breathtaking place I’ve ever been.

We feel most powerful when…we’re collaborating with like-minded people.

We love what we do because…we get to create beautiful things for a living.

Focus on your strengths. Don’t ignore your intuition.

Best advice we have ever received…

Kori: Be so good they can’t ignore you.

Kirsten: Be grateful that thorns have roses


Kori: @korianndyer | Kirsten: @kirstenpincket | Dearest: @DearestCreative + DearestCreative.co

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Roxanne Tineo

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ROXANNE TINEO

ARTIST

NEW YORK, NY

How did you get started as an artist – and how does your craft reflect your personal aesthetic?

I started after my family and I moved from the house that we lived in for many years. I was also going through a break up at the same time. Painting is one of my ways to release tension and stress. The multi-colored women are a representation of how I view myself and other like-minded women. We all go through trials and tribulations, but we’re meant to get back on track to achieve our personal goals. You feel more enlightened and in-tune with yourself. Your whole vibe changes, and that’s when life changes.

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How have the women in your life been instrumental in your life and craft?

Most of the women (and some men) in my life have made a huge impact in my life and career. My highs and lows with certain individuals have taught me so many lessons, which I am grateful for. They all somehow keep me on track. Shout out to the women and men in my life who have showed me the way to live a better life!

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Cultural trends constantly change. What do you do to stay relevant, connected, and ahead of the curve?

I honestly don’t pay attention to trends, because they always come and go. I have always followed my own vibe; it is something I’ve always done since I was very young. I consider myself a low-key and classy rebel. I go against the grain. I compete with myself, and I do whatever makes me feel happy. I’m not sure if I’m relevant, but I do stay connected and ahead of the curve because I’m different than others. My perspective of life is viewed differently.

How do you keep track of your personal and business goals – and stay creative at the same time (even when you’re exhausted)?

I do my best to keep myself organized by writing daily tasks in my planner, my sketchbook, and in my phone. There are times when I text my business partner things I have to get done, so I get reminded whenever I view his message. I also keep mental notes, which isn’t the best thing to do when you’re juggling with a new business and creativity. My creativity is always on 100% even though I don’t always have the time to get the creative work done. I make sure to write down my ideas, because I will eventually make time to get it done. I’m still learning how to manage my business and creativity at the same time.

I am taking my time with everything- I’m not rushing my process, because I want longevity.

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How important are mentors? Who is your mentor?

Mentors are very important! Just like friends, they can come and go but that’s part of life anyway. One of my mentors is a reverend. He is a very wise man who is very knowledgeable on business and politics. Some of my close friends are part-time mentors- they don’t know that though… haha.

I think it’s important to have people in your life who are willing to help and guide you to become a better version of yourself.

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What is your advice for women entering a creative field?

Women who are entering the creative field and feel they are ready to begin their own business is something they really have to think about. You have to be able to sacrifice things, and distant yourself from certain people. It could be friends, family, or anyone who doesn’t understand whatever goals you’re pushing to achieve.

You’ll have to learn how to take risks, be confident, don’t worry about people’s opinions, and don’t take anything personally. The entrepreneurial world isn’t easy, but I believe it’s worth it in the long run. It’s a path to personal freedom.

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Place that inspires me the most… I love nature. Any place outdoors where I can hear birds and see water and trees. It puts me in a zen-like place within myself. The second place that inspires me is The Met museum. I see something new every time I visit.

I feel most powerful when… I feel most powerful when things are organized and when I complete a painting.

I love what I do because… I love what I do because of how it makes me feel and how it makes others feel. I’ve noticed change in a way where others, especially young women are inspired by what I do. It’s such a great feeling.

Best advice I have ever received… Someone asked me a question that opened up a gate, and pushed me forward to walk through it. The question was: “What are you waiting for?” and “Who are you waiting on?”

Instagram: @ohyesitsroxanne + Website: www.RoxannaTineo.com

Photo Credit: Elijah Craig | David Schelling | Panache PR & Marketing

Chloe-Lynn Ordonez

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CHLOË-LYNN ORDOÑEZ

Founder & Designer of Clo Hair Bows + Clo Bow Ties

Describe a day in the life of Chloë-Lynn Ordoñez:

I wake up and snooze for 10 minutes. Before my alarm goes off again, either I’ll sleep or I’ll check Instagram, see what’s new on Feedly, and lightly scan my emails. I get out of bed and immediately make it — I feel that accomplishing something Continue reading Chloe-Lynn Ordonez

Samantha Smikle

SAMANTHA SMIKLE 

Founder & Creative Director of TNEMNRODA [nem-roh-da] + Style Blogger at O.M.O. Writes

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Describe a day in the life of Samantha Smikle:

My day is super specific to my current agenda. But being that I’m a one man army, most times, it’s jam packed. Now I’m being trained in CAD design for jewelry so I’m doing that everyday at GIA. Then I usually run over to my usual wholesale vendors on 6th ave for chain and other findings. Then I run over to the jewelry district over on 46th/47th Continue reading Samantha Smikle

Lanie Alabanza-Barcena

LANIE “MISS LAWN” ALABANZA-BARCENA

Founder & Creative Director of Hellz Bellz + Belle of the Brawl (BOTB)

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Describe a day in the life of Hellz Bellz + Belle of the Brawl (BOTB)’s HBIC:

No day is ever the same and thank God for that. I’m the type of person who fears any type of normalcy so I welcome a little bit of chaos into my life with open arms… as long as it’s organized chaos. That being said, my days vary from designing in the office, to styling for other brands that I consult for, to running around town meeting with vendors, to mentoring and directing my team, to doing research and thinking of the next best thing.

What’s the history behind Hellz Bellz – what propelled you to start it (how did you come up with the name) – and how does Hellz Bellz reflect your personal aesthetic? Continue reading Lanie Alabanza-Barcena

Julie Ramos

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JULIE RAMOS

Founder & Designer of Caviar NOIR Jewelry

What’s the history behind Caviar NOIR – what propelled you to start it (how did you come up with the name) – and how does Caviar Noir reflect your personal aesthetic?

I wanted to create a brand that was both luxuriously sophisticated and edgy at the same time. I utilize pearls and chains in most of my designs. The pearls remind me of caviar. It is elegant, sophisticated, and luxurious. The chains create a dark and edgy affect (“noir”). Designing pieces to create a balance is what makes it so interesting and appealing to look at. My style has always been pretty interesting. I like to play with the preppy look and the rocker bad ass look. Continue reading Julie Ramos