Descendant of Thieves is a NYC based indie menswear brand founded in 2009 by creative duo Matteo Maniatty and Dres Ladro. The brand has been recognized for their color play, razor slim fits, and unexpected ‘quiet’ details. To avoid mass production, their non-conformist approach is to manufacture in limited batches only. This keeps to their mission of building a unique brand that is not oversaturated in the market. With select worldwide distribution, Descendant of Thieves caters to the effortlessly stylish man that is cut from a different cloth.
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?
Limited Batch Manufacturing
We built a boutique factory and workshop that allows us to focus on quality as well as manufacture limited runs of product with short lead times. Each garment lists the number of units made per style and the born date. Due to our process, we've been called the "craft beer of the fashion industry". We’re different, so you can wear different.
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 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 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 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.