As the first lady of alternative
rock and bass player for Sonic Youth, Kim Gordon is the
creative spirit behind X-Large's sister company X-Girl.
Having risen from the same early 1980s New York music scene
as the Beastie Boys, Kim and her husband/bandmate Thurston
Moore have remained friends with the Beastie Boys over the
years. When she was approached by Eric
Bonerz to help run a clothing company, the fact that
Mike D was already involved
helped the business team to gel together.
Yet whereas Mike D's role in X-Large's
designs has been very limited over the years, just the opposite
is true with Kim Gordon. Kim is not only a partner in the
company she is also a co-designer. In a June 1997 interview
with Select Magazine Kim said, "...when we started
out, we really just wanted to make clothes that we wanted
to wear and a lot of things were, like, modified ideas about
a good fitting T-shirt or pair of pants. Things that you'd
find in a thrift store that you'd want to alter slightly."
The concept caught on and soon X-Girl was enjoying the same
attention that big brother X-Large had previously.
The only complaint about to surface about X-Girl was that
the sizing ran every small. In the same interview Kim explained
how difficult it was to have a factory actually make clothing
that was like the original design samples. "We got
a reputation for selling tiny T-shirts, because the first
line of clothes came out so small. We really didn't want
that." The odd sizes did not hurt sales, and the tiny look became as popular
as if they had planned it. To this day, used X-Girl clothing
is always a fast seller on eBay.com; not even X-Large can
Along with her X-Girl and Sonic Youth
responsibilities, Kim keeps busy with a handful of side
projects such as playing in the band Free Kitten. Also,
many Beastie Boys fans have had the pleasure of seeing Kim
play live at the Tibetan Freesdom Concerts. Maybe it is
because of that exposure, that so many Beastie Boys followers
are also crossover Sonic Youth fans. It is not at all unreasonable
to speculate that there may be a joint project between the
two groups down the road. Perhaps the Beastie Boys will
remix a Sonic Youth single or better yet, maybe Kim will
play on an unreleased Beastie Boys track.