MILAN — Dan and Dean Caten had twice the reason to celebrate during Milan fashion week.
The twin-brother designers behind Dsquared2 previewed their first flagship and launched their first fragrance in tandem on Monday, June 25.
“This is our baby and it’s all ours, so we’ll be here every Saturday afternoon,” quipped Dean about Dsquared2’s new boutique, adding he’d be on hand to offer advice to walk-in customers.
Dsquared2’s new store marks the label’s 15-year anniversary. “It’s a monumental moment for us. This was part of our plan and, after a lot of hard work, now we are standing here in a million-dollar shop, and we’re launching a perfume—it’s everything we dreamed of,” said Dan.
Designed by architectural studio Storage, the 5,000-square-foot store at Via Verri 4 channels the designers’ Canadian roots with timber partitions and an outdoor, wood-decked space with rock pool.
Officially scheduled to open in September, the boutique was previewed to guests at a cocktail party to fête Dsquared2’s debut men’s fragrance, He Wood. An oversized poster of the fragrance’s ad campaign was suspended over the outside pool. The black-and-white image shot by Steven Meisel depicts American model Leandro Maeder gripping a trunk of wood in water.
Inspired by the designers’ birthplace in Ontario, Canada, He Wood features notes of cedarwood, white fir and violet leaves. In keeping with the wood theme, the square-shaped flacon is framed in Canadian red alder wood.
“The fragrance is not lumberjack; it’s woodsy. It’s really about our story of being born in Canada and creating in Italy. It’s so personal,” said Dan.
He Wood is the first Dsquared2 fragrance produced under license by Italian fragrance manufacturer ITF, and will be followed up with a Dsquared2 women’s scent by fall 2008. The scent will be sold exclusively in the new Dsquared2 store from September, and rolled out to Europe and the U.K. from October. It is expected to hit U.S. counters from April 2008.