Dean and Dan Caten are the Canadian twins behind cult Italian Label DSquared2 that has an annual turnover of €210 million. 2015 marks the brand’s 20th anniversary. Whilst the foundations of DSquared2 are in its menswear, today the brand has expanded its production line to include womenswear, accessories, childrenswear, eyewear and fragrances. They also founded Ceresio 7, a restaurant in Milan. This year has seen DSquared2 open their first flagship store in London, with the brand poised for rapid retail expansion both online and off.
Dean and Dan Cantenacci were born in Toronto, Ontario. In 1983 they moved to New York to study fashion at Parsons The New School for Design, but left after only one semester before returning to Toronto where they were employed as junior designers by Canadian label Ports International. In 1991 the brothers moved to Milan, where they worked as designers for Versace and Diesel, before securing financial backing from Renzo Rosso to build DSquared2. The duo debuted their men’s collection in 1994, and in 2003 launched a women’s collection that despite DSquared being an emerging fashion brand, saw Naomi Campbell and Karolina Kurkova walk.
The Caten brothers have become known for their elaborate fashion shows such as Spring/Summer 2012, which, inspired by Glastonbury, saw models walk the runway trawling through five inches of mud. They have featured major artists like Rihanna in their shows and have dressed a number of celebrities on the red carpet including Kanye West and George Clooney.