Crooks and Castles
April 19 2016
New to Giancarlo Ricci this year is US streetwear brand “Crooks & Castles.” Launched in 2002 by founders Robert Panlilio and Dennis Calvero it has quickly established itself as one of the most relevant and sought after names in streetwear. Robert Panlilio and Dennis Calvero grew up in L.A. during the 80s, and based their brand’s name on the city’s tough but equally glamourous lifestyle.
“Crooks” represents the criminals, hustlers, pimps, thieves and other hoodlums the pair encountered in their neighbourhoods and circles of friends, while “Castles” refer to those amongst them who got filthy rich by becoming a crook.
As Robert and Dennis put it, “Behind every Castle stands a Crook. Meaning behind every empire, someone did something crooked to achieve their goal. Castles represents our goal, for every street hustler, entrepreneur, or mogul. We’re all crooks in some way, some just choose not to show their true colours.”
Inspired by its environment the brand also takes its lead from the classic streetwear of the 80s with its edgy graphics, rebellious nature and big bold cuts and colours.
Some of the biggest names in the world have been seen sporting Crooks & Castles, from Jay Z and Nas to Kanye himself. With those sort of admirers you know you are going to get quality with Crooks and Castles.
Like many streetwear brands they started out with T-Shirts, celebrating the thug life with unique and exclusive graphics - now you could dress yourself from head to toe in C&C if you so wished, not to mention your entire family as they sport women’s and kids ranges too.
Kicking of with where it all started, here are a couple of my favourites from their T-Shirt collection available online and instore at Giancarlo Ricci. Some must haves for the summer:
https://www.giancarloricci.com/Shop-Online/Designer/Crooks-Castles/Crooks-and-castles-t-shirts/CRO-C1610707-WHTCRO C1610707 WHT
I also love the chain motif on the crew neck sweatshirt:
And finally, this windbreaker oozes style and elegance:
So if you’re into your streetwear and you haven’t got into Crooks & Castles yet it’s about time you did.
Written by Tom Johnson