Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo’s ground-breaking six-storey space combines the edgy energy of London’s indoor markets – concrete floors, tills housed in corrugated-iron shacks, Portaloo dressing rooms – with rarefied labels. All 14 of the Comme collections are here, alongside exclusive lines such as Valentino, Givenchy and Azzedine Alaïa.
Dover Street’s biannual ‘Tachiagari’ event sees the store close while designers make changes to their concessions, ensuring the space is constantly evolving. There are areas devoted to Céline, Saint Lauren and Rick Owens to name a few. Pieces by edgy jewellery designer Repossi, as well as Harumi, Jo Hayes Ward and Diane Kordas, are available on the ground floor. Once you’ve taken it all in, have a sit-down in the Rose Bakery on the top floor.
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