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LCM show space to be turned into offices

Work has begun to convert one of the venues used by London Collections Men, the Old Sorting Office, into office and retail space.

The British Fashion Council has been using the 280,000 sq ft unit at 21-31 New Oxford Street as a supplementary show space for LCM since the menswear trade show launched in 2012.

LCM’s ready-to-wear showroom is based at the Hospital Club in nearby Covent Garden. The main show space and the showrooms for accessories and Topman-sponsored talent initiative NewGen Men are in Victoria House, Holborn.

Topman Design, Christopher Shannon, Oliver Spencer, James Long, Christopher Raeburn and E Tautz all showed in the Old Sorting Office during the spring 16 edition of LCM this June.

The BFC declined to comment on whether it has found an alternative show space for the next edition of LCM on January 8-11, 2016. It said an announcement would be made in due course. 

The Old Sorting Office, which was the venue for now-defunct streetwear tradeshow Stitch, has also previously housed London Fashion Week events.

The BFC relocated LFW from Somerset House to the Brewer Street Car Park in Soho for the spring 16 edition, which took place from September 18-22. It has a two-season contract with the owners of the building.

The Old Sorting Office redevelopment is a joint venture between Oxford Properties and Brockton Capital. The work is due to be completed by late 2017 in time for the new Crossrail station opening at Tottenham Court Road. 

The building was constructed by the old Ministry of Works between 1961 and 1969. It ceased operations as a sorting office in the early 1990s. 

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