For all you globetrotting fashions starers – our favourite London concept store (yes, we’re that predictable) Dover Street Market opened doors to its 6 storey megastore in the hip Ginza district in Tokyo this spring.
The new DSM stocks all the labels from Rei Kawakubo’s Little Black Book of Avant-Garde, featuring naturally the full list of labels by Comme des Garçon but also the likes of Azzedine Alaïa, Celine, Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Supreme, Raf Simons and Givenchy. Taking over the space in an old department store built in 1946, the Tokyo store has more than double the space of London’s DSM and just as carefully edited collections as one would expect from the Mecca of Cutting Edge Fashion. For the Ginza launch project, Creative Director Rei got on board the likes of set designer Michael Howells (Scenes of the Wasp Factory); artist Andy Hillman (Visvim mural with a giant rose) and Michael Samuels who is known for his contemporary bricolage (cupboard fitting rooms). The lifesize Indian elephant made of clay by Stephanie Quayle, once featured in the London windows, now stars in the Ginza Louis Vuitton display, curated by Kim Jones and Alister Mackie.
Concept and Direction by Rei KAWAKUBO
“I want to create a kind of market where various creators from various fields gather together and encounter each other in an ongoing atmosphere of beautiful chaos: the mixing up and coming together of different kindred souls who all share a strong personal vision.”
Dover Street Market Ginza
Ginza Komatsu West
(Images: Dover Street Market)