We Are Civil
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About Us


Our mission

Civil was created by Guido Silvestri and Rob Asselin in 2006.  After many years of working in retail, the two founders imagined a store concept outside the realm of the traditional skate/snowboard/surf shop.  The vision was realized a year later when the first Civil location opened in East Greenwich Rhode Island. Since then we’ve added stores in Providence and Westerly Rhode Island.

Our product mix varies to suite our three distinct locations:  in the city, on main street, and by the beach.

Civil also has a private label collection and we’ve been honored to collaborate on projects with elite brands including Nike SB.  We are also proud to support local skateboarders and snowboarders, including the notorious Yawgoons.  Our team has received industry-wide recognition in videos, contests, and in the media.

Since our inception, Civil has been involved in the local skateboard and snowboard community by hosting and sponsoring contests, demos, park cleanups, video premiers, and other cultural events.  We look forward to becoming involved in the local surf community, and to supporting future generations of skateboarders, snowboarders, as well as those who are passionate about fashion, music, and art.