On Dec 21, COMME des GARCONS opened the fourth Dover Street Market store- after London, Beijing and Ginza- in New York. The new store is located at the address: 160 Lexington Avenue New York, NY 10016.

The store concept and direction was handled by none other than Rei Kawakubo. The store was set up renovating a women’s art university in Kips Bay, New York. Originally the area is not a fashion district and there are only a few restaurants and cafes around. In this unaffected area, the 1,674 square-meter store with 7 floors above ground was built.

“I wanted to create beautiful chaos in a market which produces new values by gathering creators with various backgrounds,” explained Kawakubo.

The interior fascinates people’s sight and hearing. Though chaotic in a way like Kohei Nawa’s artworks, which decorate the Ginza store, the 3 art towers soaring from the first floor have a sense of unity. Near the elevator, “Spontaneous City NY” by London Fieldworks and colorful “Everlasting Gobstopper (alcohol inducing)” by Magda Sayeg come up to the 6th floor and “Rap Wrap” by Leo Sewell to the 7th floor. An art tunnel “Biotopological Scale-Juggling Escalator” by Arakawa and Gins is set up around the stairs. Also, sounds by artist Calx Vive reverberate from many objet.

In addition to the brands from the COMME des GARCONS group, Alaia, Daniela Gregis, Jil Sander, J.W.Anderson, Paco Rabanne, RAF SIMONS, sacai, Saint Laurent, Simone Rocha, THOM BROWNE., visvim and more are lined up. On the top floor, Prada is lined up for the first time at Dover Street Market. The brand designed a special collection based on updated archives for the store. On the 1st floor, Louis Vuitton opens a 3-month limited shop as well. The 4th floor features an area for young designers. Rose Bakery, the popular organic cafe is also housed, similar to the London and Ginza stores. In a wooden interior, the 2014 SS collection for COMME des GARCONS is being pre-sold ahead of the rest of the world.

In commemoration of the opening, exclusive items such as tee designed by Supreme and sweats, parkas and tees by mastermind JAPAN × BLACK COMME des GARCONS × Dover Street Market New York are being sold. On opening day, many lined up to get a look of the new store.