Dean and Dan Caten, twin brothers from Willowdale in Toronto, started their path in fashion at the Parson’s School of Design in New York City in 1984. Eight years later, the Canadian duo moved to Italy with their sights set on creating their brand. After collaborating with some of Italy’s most celebrated fashion houses, in 1995 the designers presented their first men’s collection under the label Dsquared2. The presentation marked the debut of Dsquared2’s runway show extravaganzas, which captured the attention of journalists and buyers from around the world.
Dsquared2’s philosophy is an edgy mix of Canadian iconography, refined Italian tailoring and playful sensuality. The collections are a seamless melding of contrasts: sporty and glamorous, laidback and extravagant, masculine and feminine, creating a distinctive concept of alternative luxury. Recently the Dsquared2 collections have gained a sophisticated edge while maintaining the sexiness embedded in the brand’s DNA. Dean and Dan Caten divide their lives between Milan and London, and the Dsquared2 collections are produced in Italy, giving rise to the brand’s motto of “Born in Canada, Living in London, Made in Italy”.
Starting from the first eyewear collection developed with Marcolin in 2008, the Dsquared2 sunglasses and glasses express their identity with a touch of glamour and irreverence blending vintage and contemporary forms with modern materials, colours and textures. Eye-catching colour combinations and graphics with cool styling are the hallmark of the Dsquared2 frames.
Dsquared2 Eyewear is aimed at fashion addicts that have a careful eye for detail and a highly iconic style. They love to dare and express their personality with freedom and ease.
Collection Eyewear 2019
Bohemian, easygoing elegance and sports-street attitude, both modern and vintage inspires Dsquared2’s 2020 eyewear collection. Retro allure is recreated into contemporary details to give each pair everyday appeal. A Boho Chic influence features sophisticated pilot metal designs, including style with colored lenses. Bold street style 80’s shape sunglasses and spectacles rich in details and attitude, feature squared-off forms and navigators in a mix of metal and acetate. Flattering, versatile unisex rounded sunglasses echo classic styles. Distinct wrapped styles for women are joined with sunglasses and optical frames in cat eye forms—a key design element of Dsquared2 eyewear—transformed into a modern expression of glamour, in rectangular silhouettes. Icon sunglasses take design cues from the brand’s Icon ready-to-wear line with standout white logo lettering embellishing the temples of acetate unisex cat eye and pilot sunglasses.