Crooks & Castles is a streetwear brand that was founded in Los Angeles, California, in 2002 by Dennis Calvero and Robert Panlilio. The brand's name itself suggests a blend of contrasting elements—'Crooks' representing the street element, and 'Castles' symbolizing the idea of an empire or wealth.
Initially starting as a T-shirt line, Crooks & Castles quickly gained recognition for its bold graphics, unique designs, and its incorporation of luxurious elements into streetwear. The brand's aesthetic often merges elements of street culture with high-end fashion, utilizing motifs like bandanas, medallions, and bold typography in their designs.
Crooks & Castles became known for its premium quality clothing, expanding its offerings beyond T-shirts to include hoodies, jackets, hats, and accessories. The brand's success in blending luxury with street style helped it carve out a niche in the urban fashion market.
Over the years, Crooks & Castles has collaborated with various artists, brands, and influencers, further solidifying its position in streetwear culture. Their designs often fuse elements of rebellion, luxury, and urban aesthetics, appealing to a wide audience interested in fashion that represents an edgy and contemporary lifestyle.