On Saturday, Dover Street Market opened its first Los Angeles store with a host of exclusive items.
Designed and creative-directed by Rei Kawakubo, the store is situated in a 15,000-square-foot warehouse-like space in downtown LA. The minimal whitewashed exterior gives way to a carefully curated interior that sticks to Dover Street Market’s “beautiful chaos” ethos.
Brands have been given their own designed space, with Dover Street Market providing the first dedicated retail space in the city for Noah, Palace, and NikeLab, as well as the very first in-store “shop-in-shop” retail space anywhere for brands such as Brain Dead and Doublet.
“I want to create a kind of market where various creators from various fields gather together and encounter each other in an ongoing atmosphere of beautiful chaos, the mixing up and coming together of different kindred souls who all share a strong personal vision,” Kawakubo explains.
The space has no exterior windows, so instead of traditional window displays, artists and designers have free reign over two event spaces within the store. In addition, Dover Street Market LA will have a biannual “new beginning” in January and July, in which interior spaces get a redesign and brands get to refresh their collections for the new season.
The store also includes a Rose Bakery with indoor and outdoor seating, serving locally sourced seasonal food.
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Dover Street Market Los Angeles
606-608 Imperial Street,
Los Angeles, California 90021
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