Founded in 2004 by Comme des Garçons creative director Rei Kawakubo and her husband Adrian Joffe, Dover Street Market‘s first flagship store in London sent shockwaves across the planet and instantly gained a global fanbase with its exceptional multi-brand format and highly evocative and continuously evolving interior design. The following two decades the satellite flagships have sprung in the planet’s leading fashion capitals and most popular shopping destinations, except for Paris. Well, that has now changed. Today, the doors of Dover Street Parfums Market have officially opened to discerning noses. Similarly to other Dover Street Market outposts shopper can indulge in multi-brand offerings, but as its name already implies, here it’s exclusively about perfumes, cosmetics and make-up. Obviously, not just any brand, but à la DSM, every brand and item has been carefully selected and displayed to evoke the ultimate shopping experience. The Dover Street Parfums Market store is tucked away in a little side street in the Marais, a neighbourhood in the French capital known for its abundance of independent fashion boutiques, and occupies two floors of a late 19th century building. The interior design, created by Kawakubo herself, is simple yet as always playfully irreverent, and sees an open space dotted predominantly with pillars with egg-shaped shelving carved within. As said, the merchandise is tightly curated and ranges from avant-garde indie brands to established names and classic products within fragrances, cosmetics and makeup. But that’s not all. Both Byredo and Gucci have their own designed spaces, and the latter presents The Alchemist’s Garden collection and makeup line, in addition to special events by MAC, hair stylist extraorinaire Julien d’Ys and the launch of Thom Browne‘s new 09.27.65 perfume collection.
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Photography: David Foessel