Well, technically it never completely left. Founded by Sonic Youth bassist Kim Gordon and stylist Daisy von Furth in 1993, X-Girl was sold to a Japanese company in 1998 and experienced some cult success in Japan.
Before that, its ringer tees and a-line mini dresses were all the rage amongst Manhattan’s downtown scenesters like Chloe Sevigny, skater girls and musicians’ girlfriends (for a fascinating and in-depth history of the brand, read this).
The brand makes its U.S. return exclusively on VFiles, with a little help from the queen of ’90s nostalgia, Tavi Gevinson (even though she’s too young to be nostalgic about the decade). You can find her debuting the line in the current issue of V.
Sounds like a perfect relaunch except for one thing: The clothes are about double X-Girl’s original “$60 or less” price point. Clearly this line is more for ’90s nostalgics with steady incomes than skater girls. We still kind of want it, though. Currently, only backpacks, tees, and accessories like keychains and, oddly, chip clips, are available. But, we hear VFiles and X-Girl will be launching a much larger collection for spring, so stay tuned.
See exclusive unused images from Tavi’s X-Girl V shoot, shot by Marco Roso and styled by Avena Gallagher below, and head over to VFiles or their Brick & Mortar Shop at 12 Mercer in NYC to shop the line.