Can brick and mortar survive in the age of online shopping? As many shops and concept stores shut their doors, once again, Dover Street Market, the brainchild of Comme Des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo, stands out by celebrating its 15th anniversary.
The concept store, which initially opened in September 2004, on Dover Street in London's Mayfair district, was open for almost twelve years, until it moved to its current location, on Haymarket.
"We only want to stand proud and fierce with the community we have created and look ahead at how we can continue to push forward, break more barriers, be even better and more responsible, socially, planetary and politically," said Adrian Joffe, President of Comme des Garçons and Dover Street Market in an official statement, on November 25th.
To celebrate this special occasion, Dover Street Market invited their friends and collaborators to create a series of limited-edition items based around the theme of iconic designs of the past, present, and future, reinterpreted in monochromatic hues.
From Burberry to Molly Goddard, Cecilie Bahnsen to Gucci, brands showcased their creations in all Dover Street Markets, internationally.
To pay tribute to the shop's innovative spirit, made-to-measure hoardings were used to adorn the exterior of the London location, featuring typography by modern calligraphy artist Pokras Lampas in an arrangement by Rei Kawakubo.
By all means, here's to the future of Dover Street Market, and as Joffe stated in the company's official statement, long live the brick and mortar store — may it live for the next fifteen years.