The second we stepped inside Jerome and Elsa Dahan’s Santa Monica home, we knew we were in for a treat. If a greeting from the Dahans’ two pups, both donning Goyard collars (one was even personalized), wasn’t enough of a foreshadower, it was the massive Basquiat painting that took up their front foyer. As the co-founder of luxury denim brand Jean Atelier, Jerome is seen as somewhat of a luxury denim king. With a career in denim that began in the early ’80s, he’s since worked for four cult-favorite brands and founded 7 for All Mankind in 2000 and Citizens of Humanity in 2003. Both Jerome and Elsa—who handles the business and marketing side of Jean Atelier—have been longtime art collectors, which accounts for the numerous Basquiats we ran into around corners, the several Kaws pieces filling up the hallways, and a few Cy Twombly’s scattered throughout the two-floor home.
In addition to their keen eye for art, the couple also has a soft spot for well-made designer goods, as we saw with the first steps we took into their immaculate closets (in two separate rooms)—both of which look like galleries of their own. Elsa’s impeccably organized closet was filled with CHANEL and Givenchy blazers worthy of their own exhibit, Hermès bags that belonged at a Christie’s auction, vintage CHANEL dresses, and Gianvito Rossi heels. Around the corner, past Jerome’s 500+ lighter collection (we’ll get to that later), we found his closet overflowing with a mixture of racing jackets, Goyard bags, Pierre Hardy sneakers and, of course, a hefty amount of denim.
Then we hit the “garage.” We use that term loosely because this wasn’t your dusty storage unit that also houses your minivan. No, Dahan’s garage was decked out with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking their outdoor pool and housed his fleet of Ducatis and BMW bikes. In the corner, his Supreme x Everlast punching bag, even more Kaws artwork (a classic close-up colorful piece), and one of his most prized possessions: a beautifully refurbished Mercedes Gullwing (one of only 29 ever made).
We’ll admit we went a little over schedule at their home hanging Tom Ford dresses on trees, perching CHANEL backpacks on faucets, and carefully placing Manolos that she wore on their wedding day atop a cigar box (Jerome is a connoisseur). Honestly, we could have spent the entire day here.
Click through the gallery below to see Jerome’s impressive 500+ lighter collection and to read how Elsa found her meant-to-be vintage Tom Ford gown and who the couple’s dream collaborator for Jean Atelier is.