LN-CC celebrates Raf Simons with archive pieces

The fashion-forward London boutique LN-CC is taking a look back to the past, and releasing a number of archive Raf Simons pieces for sale. 

With a selection of rare pieces created by Simons from 1998 to 2008, LN-CC is offering a mini-retrospective of the Belgian designer's creative output before his new AW13 collection goes on sale. 

"We've not really been in the same space as Raf's main line for a good few years now, but we obviously have a huge respect and love for his previous works, which we have been collecting since Day One," John Skelton, LN-CC's creative director told WWD.

"I loved the pieces that had been made up using Dior haute couture fabrics which we have bought into also. We thought that a nice way to reintroduce the brand would be through showing a few archive pieces that are close to a lot of people's hearts but very rarely get seen," he added. 

The pieces, which went on sale at the start of the month, range in price from £280 to £2,900 (approx $435 - $4,500) and represent work from a number of his different menswear collections. 

Forty-five-year-old Simons was previously creative director at Jil Sander, before being thrust into the global spolight when he was hired in April 2012 as John Galliano's permanent replacement at French luxury house Christian Dior.

Alongside his work designing womenswear for Dior, he also produces seasonal menswear collections for his own Raf Simons label. Simons has also recently collaborated on a capsule collection for Fred Perry's Laurel Wreath project. 

Described as a "progressive retail concept", LN-CC combines fashion-forward pieces by designers including Junya Watanabe, Lanvin, Damir Doma and Balenciaga, with music, all housed in a high-end art installation. 

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