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Skimm Her Life: How Dagne Dover's CEO, Melissa Mash, Spends Her Downtime

Melissa Mash
Design: theSkimm | Photo: Dagne Dover
Jan 20, 2022

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Say ‘hey, hey’ to Melissa Mash, the CEO and co-founder of Dagne Dover. If you’re looking for a new crossbody, work tote, baby bag, weekender, wallet — you name it — the brand’s  got some of our absolute faves. And that’s why we asked Melissa to share her faves with us. Check ’em out: 

Smartest purchase I’ve made recently…I got a Beast Blender to take the place of our bulky, hard-to-clean Vitamix — and I love it. It’s thoughtfully designed, sleek, and I don’t have to transfer the smoothie to another cup to drink after.  

Product I keep adding to cart…I am obsessed with the eyewear brand Krewe. They’re a New Orleans-based brand with really funky designs. They’re definitely a splurge, but their designs are so unique, and their quality is top-notch — they’re worth it.

Self-care product I swear by…Color Camp nails. They’re around $60 for a set of custom-fitted, hand-painted gel nails, but you can get about three wears out of the set. They look the most natural out of all the nails I’ve tried, and their designs are bomb.

Best splurge purchase that’s totally worth it…Parachute bedding. This quilt was the gateway drug that led to several other purchases, including their towels, duvet, and duvet cover.

What three items I always have in my bag…My AirPods Pro — the noise-cancelling feature is so clutch when it’s so hard to get silence in my apartment. And I always have this lip balm and my favorite pair of Krewe sunglasses.

What’s on my nightstand…I recently got a Night Caddy because I don’t have a nightstand (#weirdshapedNYCbedrooms), so I keep a hair clip (love these from Leif in Brooklyn), a fancy glass with water, and earplugs because….well, I have kids.

Fave Dagne product (if I had to pick one)…The Ace Fanny Pack just works really well with my hands-free, kid-filled stage of life. I like wearing it multiple ways. With a key clip, card holder, and smaller pocket for hair ties, vitamins or otherwise, it has the perfect combination of compartments.

Thing I can’t live without when it’s cold…When I’m sitting at my desk freezing, I put on this puffer robe from Suku Home. It is so comfortable. I’ve tried other versions of a blanket-robe from other companies, but this one is perfection.

Product I wish I invented…3M Command Strips. They’re just so helpful and versatile, especially since they can be hung temporarily. 

Psst: This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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