Descendant of Thieves is a NYC based menswear brand founded in 2009 by creative duo Matteo Maniatty and Dres Ladro. It's known for its razor sharp slim fits, unexpected ‘quiet’ details, and small batch manufacturing. Each garment is designed from the inside out and marked with a distinctive blazing yellow label. Descendant of Thieves is for the distinct man who always looks effortlessly stylish and noticeably different than those around him.
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.
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?
Below is why we're different... wear different.
Small Batch Manufacturing
We built a small-scale boutique factory and workshop that allows us to focus on quality as well as produce small runs of product with short lead times. This allow us to keep to our mission of offering limited edition clothing that is not mass produced. Each garment lists the number of units made per style… as well as the born date. ‘We’re unique, so you can wear unique’.
Designed from the Inside-Out
Our design philosophy is that of reverse engineering—creating from the inside out, paying relentless attention to intricacies of the interior first. This led to our trademark ‘Quiet Details’ including blazing yellow finished interiors, concealed pockets, and hidden messaging. These unexpected elements of surprise are the reason why things are not always as they seam.
Razor Sharp Slim Fits
It’s a bit old world mentality but we obsess over every first and last millimeter of each fit. Our garments are tailored slim.
DO NOT WEAR THIS BRAND!!
Descendant of Thieves is not interested in designing clothing for everyone. We make a limited number of clothing for a limited number of unique people. Let the few styles in circulation go to the true individuals, the independent thinkers… those who are the needle and not the haystack. If this is not you, wear someone else’s brand.
THE LOGO (hidden meaning)
The logo is a dot that represents the acronym for Descendant of Thieves (D.O.T).
....Too delve further down the rabbit hole, the logo is a double entendre. Dres was inspired by Hermann Rorschach’s physiological Inkblot test (Psycodignostik book published in 1921). The logo is a Rorschach inkblot resembling a genealogy tree and attached to the idea of being a descendant of thieves.
Descendant of Thieves was born after a chance meeting with Creative Director, Matteo Maniatty, who shared Dres Ladro's vision for individualism that counters mass brand appeal. Apprehensive at first, Dres agreed to join the team with the firm condition that his real name and identity remain hidden behind a nom de guerre. Operating under the name, Dres Ladro [là-dro], the designer's craftsmanship, exclusive style, and mystique have transfigured into the core of the Descendant of Thieves’ brand identity.
Dres Ladro’s 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 that was unlike any others. He experimented with what we call, “quiet” details, including discreet pockets, hidden messages and elastic top button tabs, which have become embedded in the signature of the brand’s design. When Dres’ father discovered his son’s mischief he lashed out, calling him Ladro, -thief in Italian. The vilified nickname stuck and today his creative process descends from these younger years.
Today, Dres still designs, constructs, and wears only his own clothing, as to never shadow anyone else’s style. This line of thinking is the logic behind restricting production output of Descendant of Thieves clothing… so others can feel a sense of exclusivity. As an artist, Dres works through the quiet hours of the night often in a forced state of insomnia. By playing with the delusional effects of sleep deprivation, Dres hits his creative flow.