We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessie Dib and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jessie, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I am from Caracas, Venezuela, a spectacular sin city. Both my parents are dentists, who impressed upon me the importance of attention to detail. My dad’s hobbies were sculpture and jewelry design, which inspired me to create things with my hands. My father is Venezuelan and Lebanese, and my mother is from Tennessee, which made for an uncommon cultural mix that nurtured my upbringing daily, turning me into a bilingual chameleon.
My family’s multicultural nature was instrumental in teaching me about empathy, treating others with kindness, and following your passions. Growing up in a country with many socio-political conflicts taught me about understanding different perspectives and emigrating from my home country to the United States; however familiar I was with the culture here because of my mother’s background, also cemented the importance of adapting to change. My parents encouraged me and my brother to work hard, but to play harder — to find joy in whatever we do, and to never stop pursuing that joy. We had to learn that sacrifice, sweat, and tears are necessary to chasing after your dreams. I would say I had opportunities and a family who pushed me to be my best, and thanks to them, I decided to start two businesses while staying steady at a full-time job that I also adore, all while none stop dancing the troubles away.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve been surrounded by artists my whole life, from my dad to my friends to my husband, and this gave me so many experiences to draw from when I began creating my own work and finding my own path as an artist. I am also a pragmatic person, I work in software and online education, so I love finding simple ways to communicate powerful messages.
The DIB Studio has evolved over time, yet as we continue to grow our approach to smart design with a bold and minimal aesthetic has always been a core trait in our pieces. We strive to create a unique experience and evoque unique reactions from people. One of my favorite things to hear is when two people connect over one of our pieces – the idea of a little piece of jewelry starting a conversation between strangers is fascinating to me.
We got to where we are today by believing in our designs, finding others who believed in them as much as we did, and by working whenever we could to achieve our goals, even when times were hard. It has not been easy, and it still isn’t. There were challenges when we first started, growing pains, that we have learned to overcome through experience and good advice from those who are close to us. The world as it is today presents even more challenges and uncertainty, but we continue to set short and long-term goals for our brand and push ourselves to achieve them – knowing full well that things can change quickly, and having a flexible mindset is key. Much like when we create our pieces, sometimes we come up with a great idea, but a lot of the time it doesn’t turn out how we like it in the first try, or we decide to try another shape, another material – a plan changes and we accept it and evolve with it towards a new direction.
We have learned that even when you feel like giving up, throwing the towel down, don’t! That is the best time to look up from the deep end and swim up, that’s when the door to opportunities opens.
We are not perfect, but we are passionate about what we do, and we love connecting people through our designs, spreading conscious messages, and above all, spreading love.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Alright, so a week in LA with my best friend would involve hiking in multiple places, but one of my favorites is to the Griffith Observatory via the Ferndell Nature Museum and reaching the observatory at sunset; the colors are magnificent; at that time! At some point we would go to Venice beach and stare at the skaters for hours, walk for a while and end up at the waterfront Venice for some beers and shuffleboard; it’s also dog-friendly, then would probably have diner at Gjusta. I also love walking the Venice canals and imagining how the homes are decorated. We for sure would check out Echo-park and the surroundings, with a pit stop at Bar las Flores and the Subliminal Projects gallery.
I would go to Owl Bureau book store, the Montana ShopLos Angeles, Chateau Marmont, and the Jewelry District for different types of Inspiration.
For a lovely brunch and a cool walk, I would take them to Spoke. The platform for shopping and Bar Hermanito has a great fusion of Mexican food and delicious cocktails for the evening.
I would include so much more on this list, but these are a few of my favorite spots that most go for when someone visits.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
So many people have supported me in this process that I would have to write a book of shoutouts. However, I would love to give a BIG shoutout to my Family, Dad, Mom, and brother for always believing in my crazy ideas and jumping into this adventure of starting a family business with me for over ten years now. My amazing and talented husband, Mango, also known as @tropical_man_go, who, as his own artist, believes so much in what I do that he has devoted so much time to it as well. And to the mentor who inspired me to start it all, Designer Angel Sanchez (@angelsanchezaraujo)
I also want to give a shoutout to the extended Dib Family:
Diana Molina, our main photographer who worked endless times for free when we started because she believed in DIB; and now owns one of the most extensive DIB collections.(@dianamolinasosa_photography)
Geral for making me see what I could not and pushing me to transform DIB into what it is today, for believing in our art and design. (@geraldinne.alarcon)
Tulio from Theory Marketing for putting the words I can’t put into explaining DIB and loving it as much as we do. (@oktulio)
Adrian, the founder of Adriantxu Studio, who understands our visual idea and captures it with incredible photography and images that speak for themselves. A family friend who also pushed us to be better and believes in our work. (@adriantxustudio)
Adrian @adriantxustudio, Marian Carrasquero @mariancaa, @dianamolinasosa_