In celebration of Global Recycling Day and it’s 10-year anniversary, conceptual retailer LN-CC has launched a selection of Earth-friendlier collaborations made from deadstock clothing with ROA, Nicole McLaughlin, DRx Romanelli, (di)vision, Carhartt, and Pringle of Scotland.
LN-CC is a London-based progressive retail experience where its unique art installation brick and mortar hybrid and its online platform operate with the same attention to detail and forward-thinking approach. Although LN-CC offers threads from the brightest and most sought-after independent brands and luxury designers around the world, it has also committed a significant portion of its physical and digital shelves to sustainable and ethical products.
First up in LN-CC’s latest round of “Conscious” offerings is an exclusive collaboration between tactical bootmaker ROA and the whimsical designer Nicole McLaughlin. The New York-based creative transformed eight ROA Andreas hiking boots into the appropriate footwear for a “Rave In the Mountains.”
“Mountains during the day are relatively easy to navigate, but the terrain is another story entirely as soon as the sun sets, McLaughlin told LN-CC in an exclusive interview. “I wanted to find a way to ensure that people could still enjoy their rave sun up or sundown with a lot of light features and reflective qualities, as well as a few stash pockets for essentials.”
With “functional fun” laying the foundation of this collection, each one-off pair includes a glow-stick, carabiner, laces, Sharpie, and an upcycled pouch made from Rumpl blankets that contains a hybrid whistle, compass and thermometer.
Next is the upcycling pioneer DRx Romanelli and his DRx FARMAxY Shaman collection. A continuation of LN-CC and DRx’s ongoing RxCYCLE project, the Los Angeles-based designer partnered with Paris-based interdisciplinary artist Deborah Meirelles Azevedo to repurpose deadstock men’s shirting into a 16-piece capsule of patchworked hoodies, dresses, pants and shirts.
“The project is an extension of my ongoing relationship with [DRx Romanelli],” Meirelles Azevedo told LN-CC. “We started in a really messed up time in the world, a lot of uncertainty in all aspects of humanity, and our creative bond was a healing process to me.
“It’s interesting to see this Shaman as somewhat of a meeting point between us and an embodiment of our connection and journey as creatives.”
Now, let’s turn to (di)vision and its capsule of amalgamated vintage Carhartt workwear. The Copenhagen brand is renowned for using mostly pre-existing materials and deadstock clothing in its collections, making this Global Recycling Day release for LN-CC a proper extension of the brand. As part of its one-of-one project (di)construct, (di)vision founders (and siblings) Nanna and Simon Wick deconstructed and reassembled vintage Carhartt clothing to make a series of 49 new pieces.
“Working with what already is has been our state of mind ever since we started, and I think there have been many catalysts for this,” Simon told LN-CC. “Firstly, I think we can all agree that the fashion industry isn’t sustainable in any way. For us, it was a no brainer to find a way to express ourselves without leaving a bigger footprint than before we started.”
Lastly, LN-CC enlisted British knitwear trailblazer Pringle of Scotland to produce a small capsule of sweaters made from deadstock materials. The 200-year-old brand has long been mindful of its environmental impact and has committed to becoming more sustainable through reusing, recycling and transforming old fabrics and clothes.
For more on Global Recycling Day, check out our how-to guide to recycling your old and unwanted clothing.