We’re taking an over-the-top extreme tour of possibly the best store in the world, Dover Street Market Ginza in Tokyo. If you’re looking for something casual, you’re on the wrong continent, bub. But you can get a much easier-to-digest version I’ve written here for ANA, for the uninitiated (in English). You might want to start there first. However, if you wanted a total bottom to top look at what DSM is offering, the artwork, the exclusives, and why it’s the ultimate shopping destination, then settle in and slowly suck on the eye candy.
The Comme des Garcons Dover Street Market is a long time coming… 8 years in fact, since it opened in London.
Of course Tokyo has never been deprived of CdG blessings…it is cheaper here than anywhere else, and we have several outlets including a flagship, the Trading Market on Omotesando, numerous guerrilla stores throughout the years, and even a 10 Corso Como. ..well, until that closed down last month. Still, the bitching and moaning about no DSM was mum.
もちろんコムデギャルソンは日本のファッションにとって欠いてはならない存在。そしてもちろん世界中で一番リーズナブルにギャルソンが手に入るのも、この日本。そのショップといえば、青山にあるフラッグシップストア、表参道GYREに入っているトレーディングマーケット、そしてゲリラストアもしばしば作られている。そしてセレクトショップ形態といえば、10 corso comoがあったのだがこちらが泣く泣くクローズして今回のドーバーストリートマーケットに変身したというわけ。
But that’s OK, because now we have a *6* story Dover Street Market, which is the most artistic and experimental of any store you’ll find in the world. I knew this opening would be big… not only for Tokyo, but for the world who was anticipating this after being teased with the idea for over a year now.
It was also the largest event Tokyo has seen in 2012 so far. I heard Stephen Jones would be in town with his hats, and so would Kim Jones, to christen his corner dedicated to Louis Vuitton menswear. It was something not to be missed— and as expected people came out in droves! Even Mami “mamitan” Tanabe joined me; it was wonderful to have her around again! Check out her photos of the opening reception below!
New style maven Tiffany Godoy 東京ストリートスタイルの先駆者Tiffany Godoy
DJ/Stylist Peli. Her dark eyebrows and lips are the jam and tell you everything you need to know. DJ/スタイリストのPeli。ダークリップにダークな眉、さすが。
Designer Damir Doma(left). デザイナーのDamir Doma(左）.
Photographers Ryan Chan, Leslie Kee, designer Junji Tanigawa and WWD Japan editor in chief Yamamuro-san. フォトグラファーのライアンチャン、レスリーキー、タニガワ ジュンジさん、そしてWWD編集長の山室さん。
Can you count the number of matching bags and straps here? All by Yoruko Banzai.
This would be high priestess Rei. BOW bitches. レイ大先生のお出まし！
Verbal at the Louis Vuitton corner, wearing the newest collection. He was telling me about a pin badge he designed with Kim that plays music through headphones. Only 30 will be made so watch out for them here! Verbal、ルイ ヴィトンのコーナーでの一コマ。最新コレクションから品定め中の模様。ピンバッジをキムとデザインをしたものだそうで、ヘッドホンに繋ぐと音が流れるんだそう。限定３０個のみ生産！
Stephen Jones telling me about his collection. Me: “Stephen, I LOVE hats!” Stephen: “Dear, I couldn’t tell!”
We then all went out for a night cap after the party.