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Nike and Alaïa on Floors Two and Three of Dover Street Market

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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.


The second and third floors at Dover Street Market are particularly eclectic and in line with the overall theme of "beautiful chaos." From a Moscot eyewear shop to Michal Costiff's World Archive, there's a lot to discover on these two floors.

One staffer referred to the second floor as "manccentric," which in a way conflicts with the store's concept of androgyny—so perhaps he just meant that a lot of the clothing is technically from designers' menswear collections. In any event, collections on two include A.P.C and Junya Watanabe. The floor is bedecked with painting and photographs, and wooden stalls are used as fitting rooms.

Nike fanatics will want to head straight for the brand's shop within a shop, where the Nike Air Python capsule collection can be found. Pieces in this DSM x Nike collection include a bomber jacket, and t-shirt—both limited in stock, but still available—and the Nike Air Python DSM NYC sneakers, which are totally sold out from the store, but still available in the e-shop. Ladies can expect another shipment of Air Max kicks to come in, though they're sold out at the moment.

Up on three, menswear and womenswear coexist naturally. Menswear includes Jonathan Saunders, Julian David, Casey Casey, and David Lindwall Reborn. The gender-neutral Comme des Garcons Play also lives on this level.

Before heading towards Alaia, check out Michael Costiff's World Archive, which is a collection of over-the-top exotic objects found throughout the world. Interesting pieces include a wooden nose plug from Papua New Guinea and a golden headdress from Thailand. Everything is available for purchase, making this display arguably one of the most exciting areas in the market.

Lastly, check out the Alaia clothing and shoes, which are stationed near Jil Sander womenswear and accessories, more Comme des Garcons Play accoutrements, and a few pairs of CdG CdG Dr Martens. When ready to take it to the next level, skip the elevator ride, and head up the tunnel-enclosed staircase that connects the third and fourth floors.
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