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LN-CC, 18 Shacklewell Lane, London, E8 2EZ
The Late Night Chameleon Café is a fantastical art-installation-cum-fashion-boutique; its every aspect is unexpected. The location – a Dalston basement. The stock – a mix of truly avant-garde fashion (Dries Van Noten, Maison Martin Margiela, Ann Demeulemeester, Rick Owens), rare books and music. The interior – beautiful, and zoned like The Crystal Maze, designed by art director Gary Card. Oh, and it’s first and foremost an online store – the Dalston shop is officially a showroom that customers can book to view, and are left to explore after a brief guided tour. High concept fashion shopping like this can often seem a little soulless, but LN-CC is oddly intimate, shoppers can break down the experience into a series of small gallery visits, browse books and mags, or discover new music. Garment hangers each have a friendship bracelet attached – a delightfully whimsical and New Age-y touch to LN-CC’s hard-edged design.
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