Dover Street Market is a unique multi-brand retailer that combines the elements of a department store and an exhibition space. Originally located on Dover Street, in Mayfair, London. and has since expanded to multiple locations around the world, including New York City, Tokyo, Singapore, Beijing, and Los Angeles.

Dover Street Market
IndustryRetail
FoundedSeptember 2004; 19 years ago (2004-09)[1]
FoundersRei Kawakubo
Adrian Joffe
Number of locations
7
ProductsClothing, shoes, accessories
Websitewww.doverstreetmarket.com

Dover Street Market was created by Rei Kawakubo of Japanese fashion label Comme des Garçons and her husband Adrian Joffe.[2] The store sells Comme des Garçons brands, as well as complementary high fashion and streetwear brands such as Brain Dead, Daniela Gregis, Gucci, JW Anderson, LOEWE, Maison Margiela, Nike, Palace, Rick Owens, sacai, Stüssy, Supreme, The Row, Valentino and many other brands.[3]

Concept

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Dover Street Market is a retailer that mainly sells high fashion products, but also features items from more urban, streetwear brands. The concept of Dover Street Market was largely based upon the Kensington Market that was the fashion hub for Britain for over 40 years.[4] Taking from Kensington Market, Rei Kawakubo and Adrian Joffe sought to create a store that aimed to be a stockist for their own brand, Comme des Garçons, as well as other brands and designers that they saw fit to curate their store with.[4] The aesthetic direction that Kawakubo and Joffe had in mind was a very unorthodox approach compared to how usual high department stores looked like. With their particular direction in mind, Dover Street Market over the years has collaborated with the Frieze Art Fair, the Michael Hoppen Gallery, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) to showcase work throughout the store. Kawakubo described Dover Street Market as "beautiful chaos".

Collaboration

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Dover Street Market has worked on a wide variety of collaborations from various streetwear and high fashion brands. Many collaborations are in celebration of milestones or to commemorate the opening of a new Dover Street Market store.[5] Frequent collaborators include Commes des Garçons, Gucci, Nike, Palace, and Stüssy.

15th Anniversary "MONOCHROMARKET" Capsule

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On 29 November 2019 Dover Street Market's largest collaboration to date was released. The multi-brand capsule titled MONOCHROMARKET had various pieces consisting of clothes, accessories, jewelry, and accessories. Each of the pieces from the collaboration share a monochromatic motif to go with the overall theme of the capsule. The collaboration was split into two releases with the first one releasing online and then later a physical release at their London location. Of the 60 brands partaking in the collaboration, some of the more notable ones consist of A Bathing Ape, Anti Social Social Club, Bottega Veneta, Comme des Garçons, Kaws, Lacoste, Nike, Palace, sacai, Stüssy, The North Face, Undercover, and Vans.[6]

History

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A picture of Dover Street Market in its current location in London

The first Dover Street Market opened on 10 September 2004 on 17–18 Dover Street, in Mayfair, London. In March 2016 the original store relocated to the former Burberry building (erected in 1912 by Thomas Burberry) on Haymarket (South Piccadilly).[2]

The original Dover Street Market (17-18 Dover Street, London) used to be home of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in May 1950.[7]

The London store was ranked by Complex as the #2 best store in the world in 2013.[8]

Locations

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Locations outside London include:

  • Dover Street Market Ginza[9] opened in 2012 in Tokyo.
  • Dover Street Market New York[10] opened in December 2013 in Manhattan's Murray Hill in the old New York School of Applied Design building at 160 Lexington Avenue.[11]
  • Dover Street Market Singapore in a former British Army barracks on Dempsey Hill, opened in July 2017. It is the only ground-floor only location, and has a 12,325 square-feet landscape.[12]
  • Dover Street Market Beijing, turned into a Dover Street Market in February 2018, previously a joint venture of I.T and Dover Street Market called I.T Beijing Market.
  • Dover Street Market Los Angeles opened fall 2018 in the Arts District.
  • Dover Street Parfums Market opened in October 2019 in Paris, Just a few minutes walk away from the Musée Picasso. Dover Street Parfums Market is the first location to only exclusively sell beauty and cosmetic products.[13]

The London, Tokyo, Los Angeles, and New York stores all have a Rose Bakery café, created by Rose Carrarini and her husband Jean Charles.[11]

See also

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References

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  1. ^ "Dover Street Market celebrates 15 years of cultivated cool". LOVE. 28 November 2019. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  2. ^ a b US, FashionNetwork com. "Dover Street Market London to relocate". FashionNetwork.com. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  3. ^ "DSM London".
  4. ^ a b Dazed (18 March 2016). "A definitive guide to Dover Street Market". Dazed. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  5. ^ "5 special collaborations you must have from Dover Street Market Singapore". www.lofficielmalaysia.com. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  6. ^ "The complete list of Dover Street Market's collaborations for its 15th anniversary". nss magazine. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  7. ^ "ICA Off-Site: Dover Street Market". archive.ica.art. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  8. ^ Nick Grant, The 50 Best Stores in the World, Complex, August 2013
  9. ^ "DSM Ginza : doverstreetmarket.com". ginza.doverstreetmarket.com. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  10. ^ "DSM New York : doverstreetmarket.com". newyork.doverstreetmarket.com. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  11. ^ a b Linda G. Miller. "In the News". AIA New York. Archived from the original on 20 February 2017. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  12. ^ Melissa Heng. "Dover Street Market Singapore opens on Saturday with fresh spin on retail". The Straits Times. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
  13. ^ "Rei Kawakubo creates Parisian beauty store Dover Street Parfums Market". Dezeen. 9 October 2019. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
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