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Time For A Beginning:

Dover Street Market's tachiagari is here

This is a friendly reminder that there is a seven-floor retail jewel in NY called Dover Street Market, and also a reminder that if you haven’t visited it in a while, or at all, then you should make a trip now and let yourself submerge in the store’s visual stimuli. In fact, now is the perfect time as the store has recently undergone its bi-annual tachiagari which translates from Japanese to “beginning,” and indicates that the shop has been remodeled for the second half of the year to showcase the F/W16 collections; and everything is a dream.


It doesn’t matter if you’re not a Rei Kawakubo fan, (or worshipper), an avant-garde enthusiast, or don’t have a budget to spend at least $100 on a cotton t-shirt. More than designer clothes, each one of the seven floors offers an interesting environment to feast everyone’s eyes. When DSMNY opened back in 2013, it was referred by visitors as a “high-end pop-up store” due to the interior’s creatively engaging décor which is often found temporarily to create hype for brands. In this case, some of the captivating structures are permanent, such as the 60 foot column that runs through the ground level to the sixth floor, covered in colorful yarn designed by the street artist Magda Sayeg. Another example is a contemporary stairway by the late visionary architect Madeline Gins, called the “Biotopological Scale-Juggling Escalator,” which makes a statement about the aging process. The temporary structures come and go whenever it is time for tachiagari, where new artists completely renovate the interiors in January and July. The focal point of the building is a 64 square-feet glass and steel elevator right at the center, currently covered in polka dots. Amongst the features in DSMNY’s latest makeover one can find stunning house-shaped merchandise shelves, walls covered in synthetic flowers, “Magic Potato” cardboard men by Bernhard Wilhelm, huge wooden boxes hanging from the ceiling, and a J.W Anderson pink slide. It doesn’t feel like you’re in a store on a regular shopping day, but instead it feels like you just went down the rabbit hole from Alice in Wonderland


Rei Kawakubo and the team at DSMNY have managed to create a space that highlights the energy of every designer’s unique vision. Kawakubo’s concept and direction seeks “to create a kind of market where various creators from various fields gather together and encounter each other in an ongoing atmosphere of beautiful chaos: the mixing up and coming together of different kindred souls who all share a strong personal vision.” Indeed, the store breaks the architectural rule to create space, yet every tiny area in this chaos adds to the beauty of Kawakubo’s ecosystem. 


But hey, if you’re only looking for a quick stop to get a CDG goodie, then you can do so now at their new Comme des Garçons POCKET store on 112 10th Ave.