A little over 15 years ago Dover Street Market was created by Comme des Garçons founder and designer Rei Kawakubo. Along with her husband, Rei wanted to create a space to sell their brand and other complementary brands. The space had to be creative and inspiring. It had to offer high street fashion brands like their own along with streetwear giants like Vans, and most importantly the space had to be inspiring for young artists, designers, and streetwear enthusiasts. So in 2004 Dover Street Market was born. Directly on Dover Street in London, the couple opened their first shop. Little did they know it would take off, soon blossoming into a brand of its own.
Dover Street Market is the ideal concept shop for high fashion streetwear. With locations in 5 major cities, Tokyo, New York, LA, Singapore, Beijing, Dover Street has created a curated feeling throughout their shops. Walking through the store you can find high-end brands like Balenciaga, Céline, J.W.Anderson, LOEWE, Maison Margiela, Gucci and Proenza Schouler delightfully mixed in with big streetwear brands like Nike, Stussy, and Vans. That carefully curated balance of select brands and collaborations makes Dover Street Market the stylish epicenter of any of its locations. Another great thing about the market space is their appreciation for art and young designers. Each location has installation space for pop-ups and frequently host art shows and galleries.
At a time when many high fashion houses and brands were opening big flagship stores in major cities Dover Street Market’s opening was refreshing and welcomed by a different fashion crowd. Now 16 years later, Dover Street Market holds a special and important place in fashion. By curating a style all its own and mixing high and low, the concept shop that started as an idea space has become the place for young designers and brands. It provides a platform for brands and with the closing of major department stores, it is uplifting to see that not only is Dover Street Market thriving but expanding. So here’s to another 16 years and (hopefully) more markets.