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Dean And Dan Do London, Dream Of Canada

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The international Catens of Dsquared²—they of Canadian origin, Milan address, global distribution, and last night, a London party—have introduced a capsule collection of suits dedicated to various cities around the globe. “Every suit has a different feel to it, very much like the city it was inspired by,” Dan Caten said at the private members club Tramps, where he and his brother Dean celebrated the capsule’s launch. “Paris has a tighter fit, Toronto is more relaxed, that sort of thing. We really tried to capture the aesthetic of each city and apply it to the suit.”

A brigade of male models wandered around the rooms showing off the details of the Catens’ handiwork, while the duo was mobbed by an adoring crowd—one enjoying its first official audience with the pair. Despite the fact that “we actually have a home here,” Dan revealed, this was their first London event, so lots came by to say hello to the Milan-based Canucks. Ron Wood and girlfriend Ana Araujo, Chloe Moretz, Erin O’Connor, and Portia Freeman were all in attendance; so was Nat Weller (son of Paul), looking sharp in a Dean and Dan suit with a bejeweled lapel.

The party had the pair in a retrospective mood. Dan mused on career highlights. “Well, I know everyone is talking about Wimbledon now, but definitely a highlight was dressing the Juventus football team,” he said. “That was a thrill. Also, when we opened up our first store. You know, buyers always buy a piece here and there, but with our store, the whole collection is present, and that for us was amazing—especially when people like Tom Ford walk in.”

And so, from one expat Canadian to another—in fact, this reporter went to the same high school as Dean—does the Toronto suit suggest a slight homesickness for the Great White North? Canada Day is tomorrow, after all. “Absolutely. We miss the honesty, the warmth, the politeness,” Dan sighed. “And they never stop you in Canadian customs.”

Photo: Courtesy of Dsquared²

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