The London College of Fashion launched its very first pop-up shop in Kingly Court, Carnaby Street earlier this month, offering a unique range of one-off creations by a group of graduates from the past five years.
On daily rotation, the stock includes everything from womenswear and menswear to accessories, footwear and fashion illustrations. To the unknowing eye, this is just another one of the independent boutique stores that occupy Kingly Court, with cool, calm decor and an emphasis on personal service. All items are relatively affordable, priced from just £20 to £400 and have been specially selected by a buying team that includes Angela Quaintrell formerly of Liberty’s. Each comes complete with tags signed by the designers and with statements of authenticity.
When ARTS THREAD visited, we were particularly taken by several shoe collections including a range of feminine leather women’s sandals and boots by Fanny Audrey Agulhon, Chan Jung Kim’s bold futuristic collection and Nattaphon Sampataphakdee geometric men’s shoes. We also loved dainty accessories by Silvia Cimborova – the overall quality of all the items on sale was really high and we were impressed with how Silvia had managed to create such experimental pieces without compromising wearability. We’ve no doubt that we were in the company of rising stars.
Stock also includes items from more established designers who had studied at LCF, including William Tempest, Ada Zanditon, Beatrice Boyle and Hasan Jejazi.
On the counter is an iPad digital brochure on which you can browse stock from all the designers taking part – so despite the stock rotation you needn’t worry about missing out. You can also book appointments with the designers to discuss private commissions.
The shop closes its doors on the 28th September, so you better hurry! For more information visit the London College of Fashion website.