X-Large was the brainchild of Eli Bonerz and Adam Silverman. The first shop was opened in 1991 on Vermont Street, Los Angeles (near the centre of Hollywood). At this time, rock/hip-hop crossover was centre stage in LA – the X-Large shop epitomised this. Skateboarding was just beginning to enjoy popularity again; the shop was a hub for this, along with hip-hop and rave. The famous gorilla logo was embraced by hip-hop artists. X-Large did not shy away from celebrity endorsement; Beastie Boys Mike D was an original partner and had a huge influence. He was said to be a walking advert for the brand, everytime Mike D was filmed or photographed, there was the gorilla logo! In fact, many people thought that X-Large was owned by the Beastie Boys; this rumour has certainly helped sales. To this day, many fans are still not clear how X-Large and the Beastie Boys are linked. Alongside the in-house brand, the shop also stocked sneakers and work-wear brands such as: Ben Davis and Carhartt. These weren't usually found together in the same place, “You have to buy your sneakers at swap meets, your Ben Davis at the surplus store.” – Eli Bonerz. This amalgamation became a unique selling point, and before too long X-Large became a streetwear 'look' in LA. In 1994 the women's equivalent of X-Large was launched – X-Girl. Created by Sofia Coppola and Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth. X-Large became particularly popular in Asia ( probably linked to their love of the Beastie Boys), with a Tokyo shop opening in 1993 and one in Hong Kong in 2004. With the humble t-shirt always being the most successful item, many original designs have been re-launched. This archive runs alongside many new and exciting designs. The range also includes hoodies, hats, jackets and accessories. Today, X-Large is still going strong: influencing and inspiring streetwear.
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X-Large Clothing Og Beanie Navy Sale

X-Large Clothing Og Beanie Navy

Price: £39.95

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X-Large Clothing Gorilla Cameo Strapback Hat Heather Grey Sale

X-Large Clothing Gorilla Cameo Strapback Hat Heather Grey

Price: £44.95

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X-Large Defcon Jacket Camo Sale

X-Large Defcon Jacket Camo

Price: £124.95

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