36 posts tagged "Dover Street Market"
The latest of Tom Sachs’ forays into space will take him to Mars—or at least as close as you can get with the Park Avenue Armory as your launching pad. Sachs, the fashion-favorite artist/provocateur who’s made space travel a particular fascination (when he’s not erecting giant Hello Kitty idols outside Lever House), brings Space Program: Mars to the cavernous Armory for a month-long installation beginning tomorrow. For the show, he’s created all of the viscera of a beginning-and-after space mission—in the words of the official statement, “exploratory vehicles, mission control, launch platforms, suiting stations, special effects, recreational amenities, and Mars landscape”—and, to dress the part, a new capsule collection in collaboration with Nike, dubbed NIKECraft. Would-be Sachs-tronauts can suit up in a sneaker (the Mars Yard Shoe, above, $385), trench, jacket (printed with the periodic table), and tote, all of which will be available at the exhibition space’s pop-up gift shop as well as at stores like Dover Street Market, Colette, 10 Corso Como, Union in Los Angeles, and at Opening Ceremony online beginning May 18.
Space Program: Mars opens tomorrow at the Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave., NYC, www.armoryonpark.org.
Dover Street Market, Rei Kawakubo and Comme des Garçons’ multibrand London megastore, is one of the globe’s best retail destinations. Comme CEO Adrian Joffe has hinted that one may be coming to New York in the next few years. But shoppers in Kawakubo’s native Japan got lucky first: Last month, the designer opened a six-story Dover Street Market flagship in Tokyo’s Ginza district. The store may connect, in an unprecedented move, to a Uniqlo flagship, but it maintains the air of “beautiful chaos” (in Joffe’s words) DSM always strives for. There are dedicated spaces for Junya Watanabe, Balenciaga, Rick Owens, Maison Martin Margiela, all of the CDG lines, Marni, and 10 Corso Como; those not headed to Tokyo anytime soon can rubberneck below.
Comme des Garçons at DSM Ginza.
Balenciaga at DSM Ginza. Continue Reading “Market Conditions” »
Jewelry is always a thoughtful gift. It’s one thing that’s always better received than bought for yourself, and it serves as an everyday reminder of the giver. So I’d love to score one of Comme des Garçons’ new rings for my younger brother Justin. They’re reminiscent of old school class rings, but way tougher, and if the lustrium metal and cubic zirconias are too bling for his modest tastes, he can always gift it right back to his loving sister. Besides, who doesn’t want to look like a baller every now and then?
Comme des Garçons Champion Rings are available at Dover Street Market, London, www.doverstreetmarket.com.
The Dr. Martens resurgence continues. Longtime fans of the romper-stomper English boots may prefer the classic models, but anyone looking to tweak tradition will be glad to hear that the brand now offers customization. The Dr. Martens Bespoke service launches today at London’s Dover Street Market, where customers can begin with one of two styles, the 8-hole 1460 boot and the 3-hole 1461 shoe, and select their own leathers, laces, stitches, uppers, and liners. (The finished product is delivered, complete with the signature of the craftsman who made it, in three to four weeks.) The in-store custom program remains at Dover Street Market until the end of the month, after which it travels to Beijing, Ginza, Paris, and the U.S. After that, beginning in April 2012, it’ll be open to any and all online.
“Just looking”—words that strike fear in the hearts of retail sales staff the world over. But it’s what’s encouraged at Dover Street Market, where Rei Kawakubo has just installed the Trading Museum, an exhibition of archive pieces and one-offs there for the observation. (They actually are for sale if you’re feeling flush, but the emphasis is on appreciation.) A visit to the first-floor exhibition is like a mini-trip to the V&A, not least because Kawakubo borrowed eight cabinets from the museum to display the items, which range from crystal pieces from Baccarat to Stephen Jones hats, archival CDG to items from the label’s recent collaboration with Apple, the Beatles’ license holder. The show is actually a temporary traveling exhibition, opening this week and closing next. Its first stop was in DSM Tokyo, where, apparently, the “just looking” message failed to take hold—almost every piece displayed there sold within a few hours.