New York-base apparel outfit TWON just launched their collection for 2010 Spring. Unashamedly brash and in true tradition of what New Yorkers are really about, the design team revisited the “original mean streets”, the Five Points slum, and those who ruled in that era of lawlessness The Bowery Boys and The Dead Rabbits. Popularized by urban myth and the movie Gangs of New York, the gangs themselves were more than just a criminal entity, but an interwoven portion of society.
Fast forward to the 20th century; TWON followed the rising influence of La Cosa Nostra with its mafia theme t-shirt. Known as the “Five Families” – Lucchese, Genovese, Gambino, Colombo, Bonanno, while emphasizing Omerta, or code of silence, and the blood oath to their Catholic faith, the Italian mafia picked up where the Bowery Boys and Dead Rabbits left off, dominated the New York underworld well into this century. Be part of the New York folklore, the TWON Spring 2010 Collection is currently available at select retailers and the label’s online store.