WELCOME TO WHERE FASHION REALLY LIVES. FOR V86'S POWERHOUSE FEATURE, WE CHOSE ELEVEN BOUTIQUES THAT REPRESENT THE COOLEST, CAN'T-MISS SHOPPING DESTINATIONS ON THE PLANET, FROM TOKYO TO LONDON TO LOS ANGELES AND BEYOND. MEET THE TEAMS BEHIND THE SCENES WHO TURN FASHION FANTASIES INTO REALITY
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Founders: Rei Kawakubo and Adrian Joffe
Locations and date opened: London, September 2004; Ginza, March 2012; New York, late 2013
What are some of your bestsellers? Comme des Garçons, Comme des Garçons Homme Plus, Junya Watanabe, Alaïa, Saint Laurent, Céline, Sacai
What makes you different from every other store? Our search to always find something new and to be ever-changing, always acting freely and not worrying about what anyone else is doing—and not worrying about what we are supposed to be doing. Our hope is to constantly challenge and surprise our customers and for them to discover a new and exciting shopping experience amidst a world of beautiful chaos.
What have been some of your favorite collaborations? Earlier this year we launched Comme des Carrés, a collaboration between Hermès and Comme des Garçons, and in September a shoe with Nike, as part of the Black Comme des Garçons collection.
What exciting projects do you have coming in 2014? Dover Street Market London will celebrate its tenth anniversary and Dover Street Market Ginza will celebrate its second anniversary.
Photography laurence ellis