Sometimes Tokyo really isn’t that fun of a city to try to navigate. This proved to be the case when I was trying to find my way to the Ginza Dover Street Market store. I suppose in reality that it should have been a rather easy task but this way I got to see a few other exciting places that I didn’t expect.
Once I reached Dover Street Market, I was pleasantly surprised over the vast size of the store. In total it stretched 6 floors, in it’s own fabulously stylish building. It featured stores such as Comme des Garçons, Thom Browne, A Bathing Ape, Louis Vuitton, Maison Martin Margiela, Rick Owens, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, Undercover, Stephen Jones, Marni, Celine, Ann Demeulemeester, Givenchy, 10 Corso Como and so many more. Many of these brands have their own larger, individual stores down Omotesando street if you desire a larger selection of goods but otherwise DSM is a good place to go for handpicked highlights.
“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.”- Rei Kawakubo
A highlight was the different atmospheres that can be experienced on each floor where art installations and fashion come together to create a whole concept. An example is this little creepy critter which could be seen crawling around the different levels of the store as well as through images of a lovely Victorian style house. A little like a Tim Burton film come to life.
Funny enough, when I returned home from DSM and began reading through a pile of magazines I found a very relevant Wall Paper article (May 2012 issue, page 67, if you’re curious) about the DSM Tokyo retail boutique.