Comme des Garcons will be making some bold moves in the retail field in the coming months. End of December they are opening I.T. Beijing Market, that you see here above. Also a new 7-story store in Tokyo has been announced.
“Rei Kawakubo — who broke the retail mold in 2004 when she opened Dover Street Market in London — is taking the next generation of her multibrand concept to Asia.
I.T. Beijing Market, a 19,000-square-foot emporium blending various Comme des Garçons lines with other designer brands, is slated to open Dec. 29 in the Sanlitun retail development.
Operated by I.T. Group, Comme’s franchise partner for Hong Kong and greater China, the four-story unit will showcase a product mix that’s roughly half Comme des Garçons along with labels found in Dover Street Market — like Azzedine Alaïa and Yves Saint Laurent — and those in I.T.’s stable, such as Ann Demeulemeester and A Bathing Ape.
Coming at the end of next year will be a seven-story, 32,000-square-foot emporium in Tokyo. To be dubbed Ginza Komatsu Market, it will be operated in partnership with department store operator Komatsu in a building whose facade will bear Kawakubo’s iconoclastic design imprint. The product mix will be half Comme des Garçons brands, the rest invited and curated by Kawakubo in collaboration with Komatsu.” Via WWD.
Something to look out for. We will keep you posted about the opening of the various retail concepts.