Wednesday, April 20, 2016

DOVER STREET MARKET

DSM Burberry
Carrying on from my last post, I was keen to visit the new location of Dover Street Market. Having moved from it's namesake at Dover Street in Mayfair, the relocation to Haymarket, Piccadilly is more convenient and in a much larger space. Owned by Rei Kawakubo and her partner Adrian Joffe, it's a high end concept store where emerging designers are championed but heavyweights like Celine, Rick Owens and Gucci are also stocked. The concept of the store is  unique as they close biannually to reconfigure the space and refresh collections. It's also a space where Fashion meets Art, with lots of purpose built installations by the designers. Interestingly, the brands within the store are asked by Rei Kawakubo to come up with unique concepts. There are so many clever ways that individual brands have taken to displaying their clothes, creating purpose built sets ranging from pretend office spaces at Thom Browne to J.W Anderson displaying his latest bags on a kid's playground slide. 

The building used to be the old Burberry head quarters and one of my favourite displays is the Burberry installation on the ground floor. Here, restored archive Burberry trenches are on display alongside a cloud installation and awesome mirrored puddles on the floor. DSM is worth a visit, it's a fun place to explore and then catch up with friends at the Rose Bakery for a coffee and their signature carrot cake...
DSM hat installation
DSM CDG Wallet
Aside from grabbing a flat white, Dover Street Market is the creation of Rei Kawakubo, so it's the ideal place to pick up a little Commes des Garçons Play. I love that all the staff are kitted out in CDG and I followed suit and picked up this polka dot CDG wallet. This pouch is really roomy and will be great for traveling. I've been using it as a bag tidy filling it with all my daily necessities from hand cream to a back up battery pack for my iPhone, perfect!
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