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Alyx Studios designer, and former Been Trill and DONDA creative, Matthew Williams is fascinated by subcultures, and regularly references them in his work. Alyx’s collections pay tribute to youth cultures all over the globe, whether it’s Berlin’s techno heads or West Coast skate kids, and the designer’s latest project is an extension of that philosophy.

Back in 2012, Williams immersed himself among a group of youngsters in the Dutch city of Rotterdam. Over the course of a week, Williams captured images of the crew, known as VPU, and five years on, has produced a special zine commemorating his time in the scene, in collaboration with local high fashion retailer ANSH46. In the zine, which is limited to just 100 copies, Williams’ portraits of tracksuit-donning gabber kids, punks and ravers are interspersed with shots of Rotterdam’s industrial areas and candid shots of the crew at home.

Matthew M Williams / ALYX, such a very important cultural and artistic moment.

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To celebrate the release, Alyx Studios and ANSH46 produced a small capsule collection inspired by the scene, featuring urban and woodland camo bombers, a graphic tee and a rave-ready towel with belt hooks.

Cop a copy of the zine and a piece from the capsule collection now via the Alyx Studios webstore.

Read our interview with Matthew from issue #14 of Highsnobiety’s print magazine.

  • Photography: Dominik Schulte / Highsnobiety.com
Words by Alec Leach
Digital Fashion Editor

Alec Leach grew up in Brighton, England, but now lives in Berlin, where he leads Highsnobiety's digital fashion content.

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