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Dover Street Market's First Floor: Pound Cakes, Louis Vuitton

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Welcome back to our obsessive coverage of Dover Street Market, where we're taking Rei Kawakubo's multibrand store floor by floor, leaving no kooky detail unmentioned.


Dover Street Market New York boasts seven floors of fun, but the first floor is where shoppers will find life's greatest necessity: food. That's right, Rei Kawakubo really knows her customer—or any customer, really—because the one thing in life that anyone with a decent appetite can enjoy is a good slice of something sweet. And at the Rose Bakery, treats include scones, tarts, and iced pound cakes—all located near artist Magda Sayeg's colorful yarn-covered pillar.

The pastries and cakes are displayed on steel and cast iron pedestals in glass cases that separate the kitchen from the dining area. Guests can either take a seat in the cafe's main floor or head up to the mezzanine to enjoy an espresso, as well as a great view of the first floor.

For those that prefer the view, pay attention to the beautiful produce in wooden crates right below the staircase. Waiters are around to take orders, and when it comes time to pay, see the hut that stands before London Fieldwork's wooden houses pillar.

After you eat, head to the other half of the first floor to see the jewelry and BLACK Comme des Garçons collection, or check out the Louis Vuitton shop, located in the back alcove. For the next six weeks, shoppers can snag clothing and accessories from the Louis Vuitton menswear collection, along with exclusive pieces from a collaboration with artist Terence Koh.

The other side of the first floor includes jewelry display cases, elegant Mark Cross handbags, and trunks juxtaposed with some seriously tough looking leather accessories. A lot of the jewelry at Dover Street Market is exclusive, which includes a Gaia Repossi special collection designed specifically for the store. The BLACK Comme des Garçons merchandise here ranges from nylon polka dot coats to backpacks and blazers.

While you're there, make sure to look up to the ceiling and admire the wooden installation. Leo Sewell's pillar is also located on this side of the market, which is comprised from a variety of found objects, from CD's to skis.
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