Just when you thought every region but Kips Bay could only get more fashionable, enter New York’s long awaited Dover Street Market. It’s been several months since the seven story treehouse of a department store opened its doors (yes, I’m a little late to the game with this one), but I finally carved a moment to head eastward and visit the “beautiful chaos” that’s planted itself strong on 30th St. and Lexington Ave.
The 20,000 square foot building is a former school and reminiscences on the playful aspects of its predecessor with each floor having its own grownup playground housing impeccable, well curated, and beautifully merchandised designer fashion. As the store is the brainchild of fashion designer Rei Kawakubo, Comme des Garçons and all its subsidiary lines like Noir, Play and Black (to name a few) run aplenty throughout the building.
Throughout the store (and aside from Comme des Garçons), sections are dedicated to some of the world renown designers we all know such as Saint Laurent, Prada, Nike (you bet!) and Rick Owens — but all still highly curated. Speaking of which, ever since the announcement of the Rick Owens x Adidas collaboration (above), I’ve been coveting a pair of these sneakers. I’ve been contemplating the investment — there’s no other shoe like it! Thoughts?
By now, you’ve probably noticed that art plays a huge role here. This pillar stems throughout all floors, with portions of each designed by different artists like junk sculptor Leo Sewell, London Fieldworks and Magda Sayeg (who created a knitted portion of the pillar not pictured).
Brooklyn-based sound artist Calx Vive’s Parrallel Resistance: A Penchant Ampere (Ω) (pictured above), which is actually a soundscape that runs throughout the entire store.
Step inside the office (literally) of Thom Browne to find classic wingtips with a noticeable upgrade.
New York’s Dover Street Market is located in Kips Bay (alright, Kips Bay!) at 160 Lexington Ave. at 30th St. with a staff that’s incredibly friendly — something so refreshing to experience at stores of such caliber. Have you been yet? It’s a must!
Photography by yours truly, Talun