The World According To Dean & Dan

Fashion’s favourite siblings share their passions outside of the fashion sphere and explore a few mantras for life…

The identical twin brothers and founders of  DSQUARED2 need little introduction in the fashion industry, having gained notoriety for dressing pop’s nest, courting controversy and creating shows of unparalleled decadence. The dynamic Dean and Dan Catena have been in the game of style provocation for over thirty years, launching their iconic brand only ten years ago and witnessing its stratospheric rise into one of the most innovative and talked about modern labels, revered for sending models wading through inches of mud on the catwalk or introducing muscle cars to the fashion stage. In this extract from their extended interview, we throw a few mantras at the inseparable and eccentric siblings to find out what inspires them.

Author: Lose an hour in the morning, and you will spend all day looking for it.

Dan – Morning habits? An intense workout with my personal trainer as I wake up. I also like to change it up, and try different daily training. Then a good Pilates lesson. Starting the day in this way is always regenerating and so healthy! Try it; you will see how much your daily mood can change!

Dean – The first thing I do every morning is have a good breakfast with a latte macchiato and a cigarette. Then, if I listen to music during my breakfast time, I really enjoy my day! Food and music, what else? Nothing better to start your day!

Author: Sports do not build character–they reveal it.

Dean – We love snow and water and we love to do sport in both– snowboarding makes me feel like a child. It is pure adrenaline! This sport is like a brotherly sport for us. Our personal trainers always show us different and secret places to do it. It’s one of the best ways to have fun and relax.

Dan – I prefer summer sports! I am in love with water sports. In the middle of the sea, you can really breathe a sense of freedom– it gives you the ability to push away every bad thought.

Author: For those who are lost, there will always be cities that feel like home.

Dan – Toronto is my favorite city. It’s multi-cultural and full of creative stimuli from the architectural structures to the lifestyle. There is a former industrial area that I really love called The Junction. That is the most stylish place in the city at the moment. Toronto is definitely synonymous with lovely people, unexpected places and innovation. It’s the perfect international atmosphere to live in!

Dean – Rio de Janeiro. It’s so sunny and smiling–beautiful beaches and funny people; good food, good vibes, and it’s so warm! You will never get bored! The Lap district is the best place– there are lovely restaurants and bars, music everywhere and only native people. It’s the most colorful city in the world, and it definitely matches my personality!

Interview by OONA CHANEL

Picture by Andrew Woffinden