In 2012, a week before he graduated high school, 17-year-old Shane Gonzales started interning for Russ Karablin’s streetwear line, SSUR. He learned the ropes about screenprints and T-shirts, paying his dues by doing just about anything, including menial tasks like packing orders. Eventually he moved on to doing design and marketing. Who says today’s youths are a bunch of lazy ingrates?

Now 20 years old, the Canyon Lakes, Calif., native is making waves with Midnight Studios, his own line. Gonzales’ Midnight Studios collections reference everything from Vivienne Westwood-era punk style to the new wave-inspired nihilism associated with gawds like Raf Simons.  His label’s taken off quickly thanks to a healthy social media following and co-signs from rappers like A$AP Rocky and Theophilus London. But beyond famous dudes rocking his gear, Gonzales’ biggest supporters are his peers, who can’t get enough of it. We caught up with the young designer to talk about his line, what inspires him, and his ultimate goal for Midnight Studios.

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