Our First Impressions of Dover Street Market NY

Holding their press preview just days before Christmas, Dover Street Market is finally open in New York. We went, we saw, we took mental notes…

  • It’s pretty much identical to the original DSM in London — thank god! — but with a slightly different roster of labels.

  • The most jaw-dropping of the site-specific artworks is Magda Sayek’s yarn installation, where she covered a giant column with a rainbow-colored knit like a column cozy!

  • Apparently Rei Kawakubo herself envisioned (read micro-managed) the architecture elements and interior design. She was spotted darting around the space — convening with the designers, artists, and movers — days and hours before opening.
  • Like the DSM in London and Tokyo, labels are invited to personalize their own space, or rooms. Which makes sense, since designers tend to be perfectionists — like Thom Browne, who created what looks like a private detective’s office from film noir.

  • You could seriously go nuts here. In addition to its own 15 lines, Comme des Garçons shares the multi-floor space with the likes of Rick Owens, Yves Saint Laurent, and Azzedine Alaïa. (Plus, there is a fall/winter sale going on at the moment!)
  • Prada — known for its art collaborations, not fashion — has created a capsule collection exclusively for the store, called Prada at Dover Street Market.

  • Louis Vuitton, too, has assembled a space. Except theirs is extra-special as it’s the only one on the first floor. It’s a pop-up that lasts three months, featuring Kim Jones’ men’s line first, followed by women’s.

  • So nice of Rose Bakery to provide nibbly bits. Delicious!

  • A staff member told us we’d get younger if we went up a staircase that looked like a purple cocoon. We tried, it didn’t work.