Only at Dover Street Market can you find a Supreme T-shirt being displayed a few feet away from a Prada retrospective collection. Dreamed up by Comme des Garçons’ Rei Kawakubo, the Market is a new breed of department store where fresh designers get to share floorspace with established greats. In the spirit of Comme des Garçons, it eschews tradition in every sense, from Kawakubo merchandising brands at her whim, rather than by price point or household names, to the unassuming former women’s design school it’s housed in, on the retail-less stretch of Lexington Avenue at 30th Street. Kawakubo chose the location for its blank canvas status, in hopes to create a culture around her store—a move she’s made before: Comme des Garçons was one of the first luxury retailers to enter into Soho in 1983 and, later, Chelsea in 1999. Get to know Dover Street Market’s standout brands, many of which FADER would stock in its dream department store, below.
Simon Porte of Jacquemus has a fairytale story for how he entered into the industry. At the age of 20, he showed Kawakubo his designs, she swiftly picked them up for her store, and Comme des Garçons, later, hired him as a sales associate so he could supplement his income. Porte recently left his nine-to-five job to design full-time, risk that’s so far paid off. With his debut collection receiving much critical praise, Porte has become the hot new name in Paris' Minimalist fashion scene. For more, read FADER's interview with the young designer.