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Dover Street Market, London

17–18 Dover Street
Mayfair, W1
Tube: Green Park
Tel: 44 207 518 0680's insider take:

Not a market at all, Rei Kawakubo's 13,000-square-foot West End store is where, as the Comme des Garçons visionary said when it opened in fall 2004, "various creators from various fields gather together and encounter each other in an ongoing atmosphere of beautiful chaos." Most of these fields are—surprise, surprise—fashion-related, although you can also pick up a taxidermy squirrel or ferret skull by Emma Hawkins, or furniture by Jean Prouvé or Hedi Slimane. Azzedine Alaïa, Alber Elbaz, Junya Watanabe, Raf Simons, cult jeweler Judy Blame, and the L.A. superior-vintage dealer Decades are among Kawakubo's handpicked creators. Chandelier-lit plywood shelves, galvanized-steel floors, Porta-Potty fitting rooms, and a corrugated-iron-roofed cash register add to the industrial-style chaos. Despite the scrappy aesthetic, prices are top dollar, but the fourth-floor Rose Bakery is good for a post-browsing snack, complete with rooftop views.

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