Dean and Dan Caten of Dsquared know a thing or two about mixing and matching. Born in Canada, the brothers started out creating clothes for their sisters, honing their skills at Parsons School of Design. Dean and Dan have managed to turn the fashion world on its head with a ballsy blend of American pop culture and superior Italian tailoring. The Milan debut of their men’s line in 1994 garnered fans such as Lenny Kravitz and Justin Timberlake and shortly after the pair designed costumes for Madonna’s Don’t Tell Me video as well as outfits for Christina Aguilera’s 2003 Stripped Tour. The launch of the womenswear in 2003 saw supermodel Naomi Campbell saunter out of a pink private jet in unapologetically sex-charged regalia. They continue to pump up the volume on fashion with theatrical concept shows and show-stopping red carpet wear. When they’re not designing, Dean and Dan are boogying to Grace Jones, enjoying Tortellini Pasticciati, and living it large in Mykonos or Rio.
Describe yourself... Fun, passionate, creative, meticulous, generous.
What is your career highlight?The opening of our first flagship store in Milan and our collaboration with Madonna.