I don’t think it’s unfair to call Kim Gordon one of the most influential women in modern New York City culture. As the bassist and co-vocalist of Sonic Youth, Gordon pioneered a propulsive, urgent sound that fundamentally shaped contemporary music. The band’s members moved to NYC in the late ’70s, when the short-lived no wave scene (an experimental convergence between avant-garde music, filmmaking, art, poetry and performance) hit its creative peak downtown. Sonic Youth adapted no wave’s ethos for a new generation, emerging at the forefront of ‘90s alternative rock.

Beyond the band, Gordon made a profound, if unexpected, impact on fashion with her downtown label, X-Girl. The musician and visual artist co-founded the line with stylist Daisy von Furth in 1993. Though this original duo helmed the brand for only five years, their intelligent, irreverent approach to creating cool, affordable clothing is still keenly felt today.

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