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Inside installation at Dover Street Market. Photography © Bernard McCoy.

Dover Street Market celebrates Creativity & Disruption

Don't be fooled —one of the few shops in the world devoted to creativity and nonconformity, Dover Street Market has evolved into much more than a concept —it is an institution with a savvy following of independent-thinking like minds.

In March 2016, the original store relocated from Dover Street to the former Burberry building (erected in 1912 by Thomas Burberry) on Haymarket in South Piccadilly. The London store was ranked by Complex as the second-best store in the world in 2013.

Aitor Throup x Dover Street Market

Street window installation at Dover Street Market London. Photography © Bernard McCoy.

Created by Res Kawakubo of Japanese fashion label Comme des Garcons and her husband, Adrian Joffe, Dover Street Market is a multi brand retailer originally located on Dover Street in Mayfair, London and now with stores in New York City, Tokyo, Singapore, Beijing, and Los Angeles.

The store sells all Comm des Garcons brands and contemporary high-fashion brands. Often described as a department store or concept store, Dover Street Market offers a different approach to retail, pushing the boundaries of what retail should be.

Dover Street Market London. Photography © Bernard McCoy.

The concept behind it was to construct a new kind of shop that would celebrate creativity, decry conformity, and ignore established principles of retail.

A place where streetwear collides with luxury, young designers line up with world famous icons, where artists interfere in installations, and designers are free to make their own spaces — a beautiful chaos.

Massive street lights inside Dover Street Market London. Photography © Bernard McCoy.