Imagine a shop so visually magnificent it could only have been conceived by a set designer, which brought together iconic labels such as Balenciaga, Jil Sander, Dries Van Noten, Rick Owens and a whole bunch of up-and-comings that you’ve not heard of yet… In fact, you don’t have to imagine it, because it’s already there. And it’s so exclusive, it’s so anti-austerity measures, it’s so just-damn-hot, you actually have to book to get in!
Called Late Night Chameleon Café and finding its home in Dalston (natch), it is the exquisitely turned-out love child of John Skelton of oki-ni and Harrods fame and Daniel Mitchell, with the most extraordinary design by Gary Card, where mens and womenswear share the 5,000 sq ft store space alongside an edited choice of books, music and, well, just gorgeous things. The result is an almost surreal, stylised collection of three concept rooms, a book and record store, an events space plus a photography studio, all linked together by an indoor forest and tunnel constructed from raw wood and acrylic. We told you this was Dalston. There’s also a club space, due for imminent completion.
‘This project is more than a store,’ the nice people at LL-CC (as they’re calling it) tell us. ‘It’s an evolving platform of curated ideas encompassing clothing, music and art in both a physical and digital environment…’ But don’t worry, you can still buy stuff.
Late Night Chameleon Café, 18 Shacklewell Lane, Dalston, London E8 2EZ.