Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon Is Selling Her Clothes at an Oakland Boutique

Posted By on Tue, Sep 4, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Kim Gordon at Mercy Vintage Now - MEGAN BRE CAMP/COLLECTORS WEEKLY
  • Megan Bre Camp/Collectors Weekly
  • Kim Gordon at Mercy Vintage Now

Ladies: Have you ever wanted to own a piece of clothing formerly worn by Sonic Youth bassist, style queen, and art-punk figurehead Kim Gordon?

Here's your chance: For the week or so, Mercy Vintage Now, a boutique on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland, will be selling 146 pieces of designer and vintage clothing owned and worn by Gordon herself. There's the teal dress she wore in the 1996 video for "Incinerate." There's the purple and orange dress Gordon wore onstage at ArthurFest in 2005. There's a black leather trench jacket she may have worn in the "Kool Thing" video -- or maybe not. And there are many other items of designer and vintage clothing Gordon wants to get rid of.

The sale came about when a Rachel Cubra, an employee of the store who is friends with a woman who lives with Gordon, when to stay at the Gordon home in Northampton, Massachusetts, this summer. According to Collectors Weekly, Gordon said she wanted to get rid of some of her clothes, and Cubra suggested that she let Mercy Vintage Now handle the sale instead of just putting them all online.

Gordon agreed, and now the shop is selling Gordon's shoes, skirts, dresses, coats, and more, at prices between $78 and $450. "Most of it is designer stuff," Mercy co-owner Karen Anderson tells Collector's Weekly. "A few pieces are true vintage, and the rest is more current and high-end designer. We just priced each item in terms of what it was, more so than who it belongs to."

The sale opened with a party on Friday night -- which Gordon attended -- and runs through Sept. 9. Clothing sizes range from 2 to 8; most of the shoes are 8.5 to 9. For more info and photos, check out the in-depth report on Collector's Weekly, and see the sale on the Mercy Vintage Now website.

[Collector's Weekly]

Follow us on Twitter @SFAllShookDown, follow Ian S. Port @iPORT, and like us at

  • Pin It

Tags: , , , , ,

About The Author

Ian S. Port


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"