When shopping in London, you know you will find something special, but sometimes finding something extraordinary can be tough. If you’re looking for those quirky finds, visit Dover Street Market for a day of designer shopping in one of London’s most interesting shops. Located just a stones throw away from the illustrious Bond Street and nearby to high-end art galleries such as Alexia Goethe and Richard Green, DSM on Dover Street stocks all of your favourite brands, including Rick Owens and Saint Laurent. The brainchild of Comme de Garçons founder Rei Kawakubo, Dover Street Market is a multi-level concept store that has outlets in London, Ginza, New York, and Beijing, selling clothing, jewellery, accessories, books, and works of art.
Stepping into the shop feels like entering into a modern art gallery and the contemporary window space immediately catches your eye. You are keen to check out what they have in stock, but first you take a moment to enjoy the beautiful chaos that surrounds you. You want to try a new look, and you’re convinced you’ve come to the right place to pick out an outfit. The seamless merging of fashion and art entices you to make creative decisions and inspires you to step outside of your comfort zone as you browse.
The Dover Street Market occupies six floors, and as you explore, you marvel at the multiple Comme de Garçons collections and frantically try on sunnies in the DSM Sunglasses Space. The visually stimulating installations for Simone Rocha, Christian Dior, and many, many more of your favourite brands, make your shopping experience even more inspirational. Next, you want to try on some shoes, and you quickly realise you’re in footwear heaven as you take in the expansive collection, which includes NikeLab, Raf Simons x Adidas, and Shoes Like Pottery.
Your shopping bags are bursting with brand new buys, including a refreshing new wardrobe and an interesting collection of items and gifts. But all that shopping has left you feeling hungry, so you climb the stairs to The Rose Bakery on the top floor. Here, you tuck into a delicious savoury tart, perfectly crisp on the outside and soft and moist on the inside, followed by a warm and gooey, home-made apple crumble. This is the very best fashion food. You order an expertly brewed cup of Lapsang Souchong to go with your food and mull over the latest design magazines, the perfect complement to your fascinating, fashion experience and a great way to end your day.