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A guide to Dover Street Market and what you can find there

Looking for somewhere to buy designer clothes when you’re in London or New York? One of the best places to consider is the Dover Street Market. Dover Street Market was originally located on Dover Street in Mayfair (some may recognize Mayfair as the board game’s most expensive property Monopoly) in 2004 and has expanded to a number of leading cities around the world such as New York, Tokyo, Singapore, Beijing and Los Angeles.

Dover Street Market is a modern take on what luxury designer shopping can be. But classic shopping doesn’t have to be all fancy. both high quality and low quality products can be found in their stores. For Potter fans, London and New York are also some of the best places to browse authentic Harry Potter stores.

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Dover Street Market – The luxury store of beautiful chaos

Dover Street Market was founded by Rei Kawakubo and his partner Adrian Joffe. They had an idea to create a store that would be multi-level and multi-label, creating a beautiful chaos as seen in Kensington Market. It has been described as “A wild and eclectic curation of products from established and emerging designers mixed with accessories, books, fragrances and conceptual artwork“.

  • FoundersBy Rei Kawakubo and Adrian Joffe
  • Creation date: 2004

Dover Street Market carries many lines and a wide variety of labels such as Comme de Garçons, Vetements, Raf Simons, Junya Watanabe, Balenciaga and more. The market mixes high-end and low-end brands while selling all Comme des Garçons brands.

It is known for its creative visual merchandising and interior design that changes to herald the changing season. The interior of the shop is completely changed twice a year. The seasonal decoration was inspired by “tachiagari,” a Japanese concept that translates to “beginning.”

Dover Street Market is set in poured concrete, bare ceilings and eclectic fittings; the aesthetic is anti-luxury and industrial.

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The first Dover Street Market opened in 2004 at 17-18 Dover Street in Mayfair, London, but moved to South Piccadilly in 2016.

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Dover Street Market London – The Original DSM

When shopping in London, take time to check out Dover Street Market there. It was even ranked by Complex as the second best store in the world in 2013.

  • Address: 18-22 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4DG

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Saturday. 11:00-19:00
  • Sunday. 12:00 – 18:00

The London store is easy to get to with Piccadilly Circus, Charing Cross and Leicester Square tube stations nearby. There is limited parking for those with a car, but it’s usually best to get around London by public transport. They have a concierge team who can also help and the team is available Monday to Sunday 9:00am to 8:00pm BST. They can be reached on WhatsApp, Email or Call.

While there, grab a coffee and lunch at their famous Rose Bakery.

Rose Bakery opening hours:

  • Monday to Saturday. 12:00 – 18:30
  • Sunday. 12:00 – 17:30

If it is not possible to visit their stores in person, online shopping is also possible.

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Dover Street Market – New York

Another major Dover Street Market location is their New York store. Those looking to shop in the Big Apple should consider popping into this stunning store and getting the designer clothes you’ve been looking for. The store is spread over eight floors of the building (including the basement).

  • Address: 160 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10016

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Saturday. 11:00-18:00
  • Sunday. 12:00 – 17:00

Plan to eat something to enjoy at their Rose Bakery. check out their menu online in advance.

Rose Bakery was intended to be a place where people could feel at home and want to return often. The bakery was created by Rose Carrarini and her husband, Jean Charles, and they also cater for private events and outside catering.

Rose Bakery opening hours:

  • Monday to Sunday. 11:00 – 17:00

For those looking for a must-see food market while in New York, make time to dine at the city’s Chelsea Market.