Here at Four Fifty Five, we're extremely lucky to have a close knit group of friends, supporters and clientele that have stayed loyal since the very beginning. Whether its representing the brand, creating content or bringing in customers, we wouldn't be where we are today without those who have stuck around since day one. To show our appreciation, we want to give a behind the scenes look (rather a behind the suit look) at those who have helped make the Four Fifty Five brand what it is today.
We recently had the chance to sit down and chat with Darren Kane; model, creative visionary and the face of our fall line. He gives us a look into his professional modelling career and what its like working in such an innovative and ever-changing industry.
Thanks for taking the time to chat with us. To start things off, give us a quick synopsis of your life. Who is Darren Kane?
I've been living in Toronto off and on for the past 27 years and working as a model and a hair stylist. I fell into the modelling world at the age of 15, and haven't looked back since.
Being in modelling for quite some time now, when was the first time that you knew it was going to be a professional career path for you?
As I mentioned before, I started at the age of 15 when I was scouted by an agent. I was really adamant on not doing it because I didn't really know anything about the modelling world. My mother told me to give it a try and see what happens, if you don't want to do it at least you can say you tried. So I went to the agency, signed a bunch of contracts, and the next night I flew out to London, England. From there I was doing men's fashion week in London, Paris, Milan and so on. My career stayed pretty steady up until 35 when the salt and pepper started growing in, so I decided to grow my beard out, and from there it has been nothing but crazy and chaotic fun. I've met some great people and great designers that have continued to call me back for new campaigns and its been incredible.
You mentioned that you're a hair stylist as well. Did that start before or after you got into modelling?
I actually started hair styling in the middle of my modelling career. I took two years off in my mid 20s, didn't even go to school, and just worked my way up in a salon as a stylist. When I hear people say that they went to hair school, I think that it's a waste of money. The hands on experience is what will get you to where you want to be. Theory is important, but if you can't work with a client then what's the point?
What is one pro and one con of working in such industries where you have to be innovative through creativity to stay on top of your game?
Being in different creative industries for almost 30 years now, I've seen all the 'wows' and all the 'oh my gods'. It's an industry that can so easily bring you in, but can also so easily throw you back out. They're very superficial industries but also very transparent industries. You really have to watch yourself with designers and photographers, making sure you're not being too diva or extra, or doing something that will not impress them. You meet a lot of fake people that want to be your friend, but also just want to take advantage of you. There are a lot of young models today that get sucked into the industry because they think it's what they want to do, but they don't realize what is laying ahead of them and they can be thrown out at any moment. Aside from that, the traveling is incredible, and you get to meet some really great people. If you're appreciative of what has been given to you and what has been put in front of you, you'll have a great experience, however you do always have to be careful. My best advice is always be thankful.
To wrap things up, are there any shout outs you want to give, or anything you're working on that you'd like to share?
I want to give a quick shout out to Four Fifty Five for the suit that was given to me because it was meant for me to wear. It's so well fitted, the colour is incredible and I get so many compliments. It's like wearing a Louis Vuitton glove, but Four Fifty Five style. Its beautifully tailored and everything about it is stunning and gorgeous. Any time I wear that suit, people always ask where I got it. I'm also definitely keeping busy as always. I just finished up with TOM Men's Fashion Week, which was at the beginning of October. I'm now going to be heading off to London, England soon for a campaign with Zara.
So there you have it folks; a look inside the life of Darren Kane. With years and years of experience, the man continues to stay humble and true to himself. We can't wait to see what he gets up to next.
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