The First Offering From Crime & Punishment: a New Streetwear Brand Involving Russian Prisoners
Representing contemporary Russia is the new streetwear brand by the name Crime & Punishment–also referred to as CXP. The brainchild of co-founders Michael Sidorov and Leonid Vilner, the label sets out to intertwine fashion with other facets of creativity, including music, art and literature, mirrored through designs and prominent symbols taken from Russian culture; the brand’s name itself is inspired by Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel “Crime and Punishment. What’s even more interesting is that the brand brings in real Russian prisoners to help produce the garments, specifically from the Federal State Institution Correctional Facility #2 (Leningradskaya oblast) and the Federal State Institution Correctional Facility #8 (Izhevsk)–for those that are familiar with the facilities.
The clothing itself takes shape in contemporary silhouettes, often emblazoned in the aforementioned symbols–often embroidered–and moody graphics, ranging in sweatshirts, hoodies, and vests, as well as long- and short-sleeve T-shirts. The official title of the brand’s debut collection is «Цел и Невредим», which translates to “Safe and Sound,” a nod to the Sidorov and Vilner’s very own music collection “Safe’n’sound,” which they launched in St. Petersburg back in 2009. Check out the neon-clad lookbook throughout, then head over to the brand’s official website here for more.