It has been a shoppers’ paradise for as long as we can remember, but with today’s opening of Dover Street Market’s newest outpost, you could say Singapore has officially joined the planet’s top tier of shopping destinations. In collab with Club 21, a luxury retailer with both multibrand flagships and monobrand boutiques across the island state, Southeast Asia, China, Japan, and Australia, Dover Street Market Singapore joins the latter’s hub of dining venues at Dempsey Hill, a shopping and hospitality complex with a boutique feel. A nutmeg plantation in the 1850s, the grounds became a military camp during world war II, and following a string of transformations, its current guise is a shopping and hospitality complex with a strong boutique feel.
The store occupies a 12,325 sq.ft. [1,145 sqm.] pavilion-like structure with a high ceiling – at well over 10 metre at its highest – that’s marked by a series of colourful giant arches. Mind you, it’s the first that time colour has been used architecturally in any of Dover Street Market’s stores. Two existing rows of black beams have been supplemented by two newly created rows of beams in a lighting design by Thierry Dreyfus, a Paris-based designer and show producer. Other architectural highlights include two large glass and steel structures housing all the main collection brands of Comme des Garçons. And obviously, all of the interior design you’ll come across on the premises spawns from the mind of the Japanese brand’s elusive yet genius creative director Rei Kawakubo.
Similarly to Dover Street Market stores in London, Tokyo, New York and Beijing, the one in Singapore boasts a string of different settings, each adapted to the brand or product range it presents, and a select range of top fashion brands that secured branded spaces, they’ve been given free to design their own concession, including Balenciaga, Gucci, The Row, Sacai, Céline, Thom Browne, Undercover and Nikelab. In celebration of the launch of Dover Street Market Singapore, specially created items can be found on the shelves as well, including t-shirt editions by Gosha Rubchinskiy, Gucci x Dover Street Market pre-fall special pieces, and Nike x Dover Street Market vintage re-edition tees.