To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their debut album ‘xx’, The xx have collaborated with Raf Simons to create a capsule collection of merch. Dropping on 12th December, a series of t-shirts, patches, set of pins and a cap will be released on the band’s webstore, as well as selected stores around the world. The band, a trio made up of Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sims and Jamie xx, first worked with Simons when he invited them to perform at The Guggenheim in New York at a Dior show back in 2014. They also worked together in 2017 on the video ‘I Dare You’ with photographer Alasdair McLellan, apparently having an instant connection; “I felt really close to him from the beginning… nothing is flippant, everything comes really from a thought-out and cared-about place” says Croft.
The pieces perfectly capture both the designer’s and the band’s aesthetic: all-black ripped sleeveless t-shirts feature pinned blurred images of the original album art, alluding to the youth culture that the album represents. Bandmember Croft comments that that the DIY aspect was synonymous with the album’s story surrounding teenagers; “using patches and pinning them on yourself is something that feels very teenage to me… I got in trouble at school because I was cutting up my uniform.”
Like many of us, Simons has cited xx one of his all-time favourite albums, saying it illustrates teenage hardships in an authentic way. In an interview with System magazine, Simons comments that it “succeeds in articulating and putting into words what is going on in the minds of kids when you’re dealing with love, heartbreak, friendships.” Shot by Willy Vanderperre with styling by Oliver Rizzo, the collection features in the magazine in time for its release.
Finally, a band t-shirt we can get on board with.
The Raf Simons The xx collection launches 12th December 2019
Photography | Willy Vanderperre