To celebrate the one year anniversary of the Patta Milan store the streetwear brand launches ‘Ladri di Patta’, a six minute short film inspired by the neo realist classic ‘Ladri di Biciclette’ (better known as Bicycle Thieves, Vittorio de Sica, 1948). The short film is made by Dutch director Victor D. Ponten and produced by C41 Creative Production Company.

“If you ask anyone from Amsterdam what ‘patta’ means, they’ll point at their sneakers”, says Victor. “It literally means sneaker in Amsterdam street slang, but the word also has an Italian hang to it. So with ‘Ladri di Patta’ I’ve combined Italian neorealism with streetwear aesthetics to tell a story about a boy, his father and a new pair of sneakers.”

The score was composed by Patta affiliated musician Willem de Bruin and producer Morien van der Tang and is a reimagination of the melancholic soundtrack of the original film.

Lee Stuart, brand director Patta: “Obviously, the COVID-19 pandemic prevents us from throwing a big party, but this short film enables us to at least take a moment to celebrate the success of one year Patta Milano.”

Guillaume Schmidt, Patta co-founder: “COVID-19 was inescapable, but we were here before and we will be here, after. The same counts for the things we are proud of. We are proud to be able to do what we do in Milan. Our voice will be heard and presence will be felt.” 

Watch ‘Ladri di Patta’ here:

Backstage Portraits by Leone:



The Boy: Muse Calcagno
The Father: Aaron Dankwah
The Mother: Caroline Gugliuzzo
The Friends: Giovanni Bisogni, Tommaso Garbellini, Michelangelo Garbellini, Alessandro Miranda
The Thieves: Kaio Ceruti, Alessandro Grasso
The Merchant: Herman Massara
The Gang: Oscar Zota, Rachid Doubiani, Moreno Tomasone, John Delos Angeles, Rediet Longo


Writer, director: Victor D. Ponten
Director of Photography: Neirin Jones
Production: C41 Creative Production Company
Executive producers: Leone Balduzzi & Victor D. Ponten
Producer: Alessandro De Agostini
Editor: Govert Janse
Sound designer: Quincy Vlijtig
Composers: Willem de Bruin & Morien van der Tang
Post facilities: De Grot
Colorist: Erik van den Heuvel
Location manager: Carlo Banfi
Casting director: Isabella Petricca
First assistant director: Daniele Fagone
Assistant to the director: David Eilander
First AC: Leonardo Osello
Second AC: Sacha Beverini
Third AC: Nicolò Ramella
Runner: Luca Martino
Gaffer: Matteo Orsanigo
Grip: Claudio di Lorenzo
Sound recordist: Alberto Laducca
Boom operator: Andrea Riviera
Stylist: Yasmin Leite
Art buyer: Patrizia Gatto
Graphic Design: C41
Set photographer: Milan van Dril
Camera & Truck Rental: Movie People