Kofi Oteng and Dorian Kitsch
“Sometimes we unknowingly end up dressing the same, like we’ll match." — Dorian Kitsch
Photography BY Jessica Pechet; Styling BY Julie Redmond; makeup BY Amber Chomezcko; hair BY Lisa Tompkins; RUG FROM CHINTZ & COMPANY
Finding two pieces that complement each other perfectly can be difficult, but for Dorian Kitsch and Kofi Oteng, the duo behind Calgary accessories brand CoutuKitsch, being in sync with each other happens naturally.
“Sometimes we unknowingly end up dressing the same, like we’ll match,” says Kitsch. “This is going back to when we first started working together at Sportchek head office, where we met. We would show up wearing the same colour shirt and jeans or something. Even now, I’ll come into work and our outfits will complement each other and I’ll say ‘How are we twinning again, how does this happen?’”
Oteng agrees the sartorial synchronicities are uncanny. “We’ll wear the same colour sweater, jeans and runners,” he says. “And I’m like: ‘You’re the female version of me right now.’”
Luckily, between Oteng’s casual street wear and Kitsch’s mix of simple, classic looks and bright, clashing patterns, the pair have more than enough style to share.
What’s your current Calgary fashion obsession?
Oteng: “A buddy of mine, Spencer Badu. He pushes the limits. He’s very futuristic. I love his silhouettes and I like the fact that he’s taking risks.”
Where do you go do be seen fashion-wise?
Oteng: “People are dressing their best when you go to PARK events, so you really see what people are doing.”
What’s your dream outfit?
Kitsch: “Braided velvet sandals in emerald by Marco de Vincenzo, a pair of mismatched seam distressed denim, and an oversized white button-down shirt (this I would probably borrow from Kofi’s closet, I’ve been ‘stealing’ his shirts lately). The outfit wouldn’t be complete without some CoutuKitsch jewels! I would layer our Alexa choker — I seriously wear this necklace so much.”