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Crisiswear was founded in 1999 by Matt Deponte, our head designer and at that time a part-time bouncer at Chicago's legendary Neo nightclub. Surrounded and inspired by the neo-gothic, industrial aesthetic of the club and its patrons, Matt found extra work moonlighting as a part time designer and maker of specialized cyberpunk and industrial style clothing and accessories.
Bit by bit, and piece by piece, Matt's name spread throughout the Chicago club and alt fashion scene; and before long he was too busy making gear to spend his evenings tossing rowdy drunks into the street. Crisiswear opened commercially at the Flatiron in 2001 in Chicago's Five Corners district, and has since spread to encompass multiple retailers and a global audience.