Hi, we’re shopping snobs. It takes a lot to impress us. That said, consider us blown away by Dover Street Market.
You may have heard of it: the multi-brand brainchild of Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo. Her London and Tokyo outposts have been around since 2004 and 2012 respectively, and even though NYC was chosen third in line, we’re happy to report it was absolutely worth the wait.
Housed in a nondescript Murray Hill manor, DSM is seven floors of pure browsing gold. Cutting-edge elites (Rick Owens, Thom Browne, Alaïa, Erdem) are sprinkled among street wear (Nike, Supreme, Comme des Garçons Play). And old-school establishments (Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent) get a place to break free. Just wait till you see the embellished bombers Prada designed specially for the shop--gahhh.
But more than the serious duds on display, it’s the interior design that steals the show. A glass elevator whizzes up the middle, allowing you to take in the colorful, chaotic design at a glance. And once you start winding through each level, you’ll feel a bit like Alice in Wonderland--getting lost among trippy vignettes unique to each brand.
Dover Street Market, 160 Lexington Ave. (at E. 30th St.); 646-837-7750 or doverstreetmarket.com