Descendant of Thieves is a NYC based indie menswear brand founded in 2009. Their non-conformist approach is to manufacture in limited batches of apprx 200 units per style (+/-) and crafted by a select team of master tailors rather than using 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 oversaturated in the market. The company releases new products every Friday at noon (est) on their online store and at their NYC retail location. 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.
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?
Every Friday at 12:00 (est) we release new product. Join the mailing list to stay up on all the latest. And that's that.
Limited Batch Manufacturing
We partnered with a boutique factory and workshop that allows us to produce smaller quantities, better quality control, and shorter lead times. Each garment lists the number of units made per style and the items born date. 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.
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 between Dres Ladro and Matteo Maniatty (Creative Director). Both shared a vision for individualism countering mass brand appeal. Apprehensive at first, Dres agreed to pair up to give birth to the brand but only 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' 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.
CAST OF CHARACTERS?
As an indie brand, Descendant of Thieves has never accepted outside investor money. The brand is owned by a cast of characters who work at the company: Dres Ladro (Design), Matteo Maniatty (Creative Director), and Suwana Perry (Everything Else).