Lince & Lobo is a small shop located on Gabriel Lobo street in Madrid, which despite being less than a year old, is already a place to keep in mind for admirers of male brands with great history. This curious establishment is one of the hidden gems of men’s fashion in the capital and for Café Leather Supply, is a very special client, because it was the first store to take a bet on our brand; invoice 001. Lince & Lobo offers a carefully selected variety of brands scrupulously selected by its owner, Víctor Collado, passionate about cinema and things that are well done. We wanted to spend an afternoon with him and he revealed to us his way of understanding life and some of the things that he pays special attention to when choosing the products that make up his store.
Cafe Interview: Víctor, Lince y Lobo
V.- Yes, an espresso three times a day. Although, sometimes I could also go for a latte.
Each time we enter Lince & Lobo, we feel like it’s a different place and not a store anymore. How much of Victor does this place have?
V.- My store has a lot of my character and personality. I strive to make my store stand out, to be an authentic store. My idea has always been to create a place where the customer feels like he is in an old fashioned store, I think that coming here brings a different experience and is what I strive for. My product selection is based on articles of very high quality. Here we offer quality clothes, as they used to. That, in our days, is lost and with my store I want to fight to keep that tradition alive.
Lince & Lobo is much more than just a store, explain to us a little bit more…
V.- Lince & Lobo is my world, I’ve tried to reflect my cultural and musical experiences in this place. My store represents my generation and my life experiences, these experiences have shaped my understanding of life and therefore, made me create this place. I am passionate about cinema and I’ve always enjoyed seeing the way people present themselves to the world through the clothes they choose to wear. Cinema is what has given me all of this background knowledge and is what made me passionate about authentic clothing.
What is Café Leather Supply to you?
V.- For me, Café is a very exciting project with two entrepreneurs who value old tradition. They value things that are well done, made slowly, that are of high quality and have a local impact. I love that the product is durable and I am confident that they are products that will last a long time thanks to their quality. And I love that the values are so intrinsic.
Your store isn’t in a busy area, would you consider it a hidden gem?
V.- I don’t know if it’s a hidden gem, but I agree with what you say. That’s the good thing – good things aren’t often found with the naked eye, but without realizing it, they are elements that flourish and appear out of nowhere. There are many good things to search for, and somehow that makes them more special and more exclusive. I do what I like without the backing of financial support. Also, this area is booming, and I love that.
What moves Victor?
V.- Cinema, history, music, philosophy and political science move me. I like brands with history, those that have been simmered like a stew and have stories to tell. I really like the clothes from movies because it reminds me of those moments, I like to see how people dressed in each era. Cinema and music have a lot of influence at Lince & Lobo. Independent cinema and independent music are very much in line with all of this.
Do you cook?
V.-Not especially, but every once in awhile I’ll get an urge to cook and I’ll make something special.
Do you have a favorite dish you like to eat?
V.- I am not very sybarite, I like the traditional Spanish cuisine and the Mediterranean diet. A skewer of tortilla with some good green peppers makes me very very happy. But it has to be good, otherwise it doesn’t suit me.
If Lince & Lobo hadn’t started in Madrid, what other city in the world would you have liked to start it?
V.- Londres, without a doubt.
Lastly, where does the name Lince & Lobo come from?
V.- I wanted a strong name and it needed to be Spanish, something Iberian. I thought of the very different characters of two predators. One needs to move in a herd and the other is completely independent. I associated it with fashions and common tastes. Many are following the mainstream fashion trends while the rest look to be different. Here the two intersect and I thought that the name could not be better fitting.