Crooks & Castles launched in 2002 and remains one of the most relevant names in streetwear today. Founders Robert Panlilio and Dennis Calvero grew up in L.A. during the 80s, and based their brand’s name on the city’s lifestyle. The brand quickly emerged on the streetwear scene as a go-to for hats, shirts, pants, outerwear, and accessories. Drawing inspiration from the infamous robber barons and other "villains" of street culture, Crooks & Castles aims to provide stylish gear for those who have no choice but to adapt to their environment—even if that means being considered a villain by most of society.
The name Crooks & Castles is derived from an appreciation of both 'crooks' - the criminals, hustlers, pimps, thieves and other hoodlums who embody the villainous lifestyle - and 'castles' - the payoff for being a crook.
As Robert and Dennis put it in an interview; “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 colors.”
Crooks & Castles hoodies and clothing are distinct for their combination of modern design and high-quality materials. Their continuously expanding collections offer a little bit of something for everyone, and the brand has been spotted on some of the biggest names in hip hop, from Jay-Z to Nas, Kanye West, Jadakiss, and Fabolous.
Wear Crooks & Castles streetwear and embrace your inner villain.
As said above, Crooks & Castles is one of the most relevant names in streetwear today, which means it can be pretty easy to find at the common chain stores and skateshops...however, at Duke & Duchess Apparel, we bring in the hard to find styles and designs that you don't see in the malls, like the ever so popular Cocaine & Caviar line - and we only bring in an exclusive amount, so get it while you can!
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