Looking for somewhere to shop for designer clothes while in London or New York City? 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 for being the most expensive property in the board game Monopoly) in 2004 and has expanded to some of the other leading cities in the world like New York City, Tokyo, Singapore, Beijing, and Los Angeles.
Dover Street Market is a modern take on what luxury designer shopping can be like. But classy shopping doesn't all need to be luxury - both high and low-end products can be found in their stores. For the Potter fans out there, London and New York City are also two of the best places to browse authentic Harry Potter shops.
Dover Street Market - The Luxury Store Of Beautiful Chaos
Dover Street Market was founded by Rei Kawakubo and her partner Adrian Joffe. They had the idea of founding a store that was multi-level and multi-label that evokes the beautiful chaos as seen in Kensington Market. It has been described as "a wild and eclectic curation of established and emerging designers’ wares, intermingled with props, books, fragrances, and conceptual artworks."
- Founders: By Rei Kawakubo & Adrian Joffe
- Date Established: 2004
The Dover Street Market houses many lines and a wide variety of labels like 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 famous for its creative visual merchandising and interior design that changes to signal the changing season. The interior of the store changes twice a year completely. The seasonal decoration was inspired by "tachiagari" - a Japanese concept that translates to "beginning."
Dover Street Market is housed in facilities of poured concrete, bare ceilings, and eclectic fittings - the aesthetic is anti-luxury and industrial.
The first Dover Street Market first opened in 2004 on 17-18 Dover Street in Mayfair, London but relocated to South Piccadilly in 2016.
Dover Street Market London - The Original DSM
- Address: 18-22 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4DG
- Monday to Saturday: 11:00am – 7:00pm
- Sunday: 12:00pm – 6:00pm
The London store is easy to reach, with Piccadilly Circus, Charing Cross, and Leicester Square underground subway stations being close. There is limited parking for those with cars, but in London, it is typically better to get around with public transport. They have a concierge team that can also assist, and is team is available Monday to Sunday between the hours of 9:00 am – 8:00 pm BST. They can be reached by WhatsApp, Email, or by calling.
While there, have a coffee and dine at their noted Rose Bakery.
Rose Bakery Opening Hours:
- Monday to Saturday: 12:00 - 6:30 pm
- Sunday: 12-00 - 5:30 pm
If it is not possible to go in person into their stores, is also possible to go e-shopping.
Dover Street Market - New York City
Another key Dover Street Market location is their NYC store. Those wanting to go shopping in the Big Apple should consider popping into this stunning store and getting the designer clothes one has been looking for. The store is spread over eight levels of the building (including the basement).
- Address: 160 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10016
- Monday to Saturday: 11:00am – 6:00pm
- Sunday: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Plan on enjoying something to eat at their Rose Bakery - check out their menu online in advance.
The Rose Bakery was intended to be a place where people could feel at home and would want to come back often. The bakery was created by Rose Carrarini and her husband, Jean Charles, and they also cater to private events and to outside catering.
Rose Bakery Opening Hours:
- Monday to Sunday: 11:00 am - 5.00 pm
For those looking for a must-see food market while in New York City - take the time to dine at the city's Chelsea Market.