descendant of thieves

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Descendant of Thieves is an NYC-based indie menswear brand founded in 2009. Our non-conformist approach is to manufacture in limited batches of approx 200 units per style (+/-) by a select team of master tailors rather than the traditional assembly line process. This more complicated way of manufacturing ensures elevated quality standards and keeps to the brand's mission of making unique clothing that is not commonly found in the market. We release new products every Friday at noon (est) online and in our NYC retail locations. With select worldwide distribution, Descendant of Thieves caters to the effortlessly stylish individual who demands to wear clothing that is as unique as they are.

Love Thy Neighbor, But Don't Dress Like Them


What makes us different?



As a small batch manufacturer, all styles are carefully constructed by hand in our workshop by a team of 12 expert tailors. By challenging the status quo of mass production, we can focus on the craftsmanship of the details while releasing a controlled amount of product. Each garment lists the number of units made per style and born date.. 



We release new products every Friday at noon (est) online and in-store… Something that we call Fresh Friday. Join the mailing list to get weekly updates HERE



Almost all of our garments are single releases pieces. We do not reissue or remake designs after they are sold out. We don't sell clothing; we sell the power of differentiation. Those who wear Descendant of Thieves inherently become members of an unspoken and stylish society of outsiders.



Our design philosophy is that of reverse engineering—creating products from the inside out, including the ‘quiet details,’ which are often only known to the person wearing them. This relentless attention to detail includes finished interiors, concealed pockets, and hidden messaging... Things are not always as they seam.

Be The Needle, Not The Haystack


don't wear this brand

Descendant of Thieves does not design clothing for everyone. We make a limited number of interesting clothing for a limited number of interesting people. So, let the few styles in circulation go to the non-conformist and independent thinkers... the cult of individuals who are the needle, not the haystack. If this is not you, there are many other brands to choose from.


The brand name is inspired by designer Dres Ladro. The word “Ladro,” translated from Italian, means thief. Thus the name, Descendant of Thieves came to be.


The logo is the shape of an ink dot and is inspired by the Descendant of Thieves acronym: D.O.T. It was designed to have a dual meaning, as it abstractly resembles a genealogy (family) tree and is attached to the idea of descending from a lineage of thieves.

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"We Don't Sell Clothing, We Sell the Power of Differentiation."

Dres Ladro


Descendant of Thieves was born after a chance meeting between Dres Ladro and Matteo Maniatty. Both shared a vision for individualism, countering mass brand appeal. Dres agreed to pair up but only under the condition that his real name and identity remain hidden behind the nom de guerre, Dres Ladro.


Dres’ interest in design can be traced back to his childhood when he would steal clothing from his father’s closet. He would de-seam and reengineer the entire garment to create a look unlike any other. When Dres’ father discovered his son’s mischief, he lashed out, calling him Ladro -Thief in Italian. The vilified nickname stuck.


Dres still designs and wears only his own clothing, as to never shadow anyone else’s style. This line of thinking has become the brand ethos and logic behind limiting production output of Descendant of Thieves clothing so others can feel that sense of exclusivity.



As an independent brand, Descendant of Thieves is owned and operated by a cast of characters: Matteo Maniatty (Creative Director), Dres Ladro (Design), and Suwana Perry (Operations).


New Product Releases, Special Drops, & More. Every Friday at Noon.


203 Bleecker Street, New York
247 Mulberry Street, New York

Undisclosed Location in NYC
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