All photographs by Jean-Philippe Woodland
This chameleon lives up to its name. It’s a designer boutique, a library curated with great thought, a showcase for deliberately chosen records, an exhibition space, a musical adventure, a forest-like playground and, as a favour to very special people, it even transforms into an office. LN-CC, the Late Night Chameleon Café, are all of these things and has the potential for much, much more. First and foremost, it is the most resourcefully designed ‘home’ that you could ever want.
Initiators John Skelton and Dan Mitchell, set designer Gary Card, book collector Conor Donlan and sound engineer Mickey Boyle joined forces and with the help of a passionate team created a platform for curated ideas in the basement of Dalston’s Shacklewell Studios.
Alongside the book and record selection, the focus is on street wear-influenced clothing for both men and women, clothing with a distinctly unisex feel to it and a touch of understated sophistication and elegance. LN-CC stocks the best of the mainlines from Rick Owens and Damir Doma, from signature leather jackets to Margiela’s wooden leather wedges. Labels like J.W. Anderson and New Power Studio have even converted pieces of their menswear collection into smaller women’s sizes exclusively for LN-CC. Most exciting about this visionary space is the juxtaposition of well-chosen, established labels and emerging (but as yet undiscovered) talent. Central Saint Martin’s graduate Tze Goh’s minimalistic foam-shaped collection or Japanese underground label SASQUATCHfabrix’s styles take their well-deserved place and finally get the chance to be seen. With its additonal range of archive pieces from Levi’s, Raf and Japanese designers such as Comme des Garçons and Yamamoto, it becomes even more outstanding.
The selection of LN-CC is one-of-a-kind, as the focus isn’t on sales but on what the team behind LN-CC truly love and believe in. After being online already for some months, the chameleon can be proud to be the coolest animal in town since its launch last Thursday.
LN-CC is open by appointment only, a decision made to give every visitor the opportunity to experience the conceptual adventure with guidance – definitely not to intimidate them.
Book an appointment by sending your details to firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information visit www.ln-cc.com
Words by Lilli Heinemann
TagsComme des Garçons, Conor Donlan, Damir Doma, Dan Mitchell, fashion, Gary Card, John Skelton, jw anderson, levis, LN-CC, Maison Martin Margiela, Mickey Boyle, New Power Studio, Raf Simons, Rick Owens, Sasquatch Fabrix, Yamamoto,