To Market, To Market

To Market, To Market

A mixed display at Dover Street Market


For weeks, my art director had been raving about a new London-based department store  in our work neighborhood called Dover Street Market, on Lexington Ave. and 30th St. Finally, on a recent Thursday, she succeeded in dragging  my executive editor and I away from our desks for this lunchtime excursion.  Dover Street Market is housed in a beautiful, unmarked limestone structure on the NW corner of 30th St.—most passing would probably think, like I did, that it was some elegant church whose sign fell off. One side of the first floor is jewelry; The Rose Bakery café is on the other, and immediately wowed us with it stunning, eclectic decor (columns wrapped in bright, multicolored wool fabrics; ceilings decorated with a crisscross of wooden planks, etc.)  We were fortified by a lunch of softly scrambled eggs, surrounded by several stylish urbanites (I counted: every woman lunching was in black). We were then ready for our “tour.” Taking the glass-enclosed elevator to the 7th floor, we made our way down each floor, stopping to examine fabulous, outrageous and outside-the-box designs by such notables as Prada, Louis Vuitton, Comme des Garçons and countless others.  Pieces for each floor are limited and very carefully curated, hanging or shelved amongst rock sculptures, walls covered in polka dots and eclectic craft and papier-mâiché objects placed throughout the space: In short, Dover Street is an art museum posing as a retail space. Salespeople are as colorful and as on-trend as the items sold (think multicolored sneakers, leggings, patchworks skirts and dark purple lipstick).  Prices might give you sticker shock (a pair of socks for $60? A trench raincoat for $3450?), but whether you have the income or not to support Dover Street Market, this most unique establishment is worth the trip.

» Dover Street Market, 160 Lexington Ave., 646.837.7750.