Do we really need yet another fashion concept store? Yes, we do.
The most welcome addition to this select roster of global goodie stores: Just One Eye in Los Angeles. Paola Russo created a veritable emporium in the former headquarters of Howard Hughes in Hollywood, where fashion, jewelry, art and furniture mix and mingle. A Murakami piece for sale here, some Alexandre Vauthier leather fashions there, and a sprinkling of crocodile-skin backpacks by The Row and Damien Hirst make the space feel more gallery-esque than Galleria.
The move towards convention-breaking but undeniably well-curated concept stores arguably began in 1997 with the opening of Colette, a Parisian stalwart that shows no signs of going out of vogue. The shop is just as celebrated for its limited-edition product collaborations with various artists and sport brands as it is for its basement “water bar,” where more than 100 types of H2O are on offer for the well-hydrated connoisseurs amongst us.
Milan’s 10 Corso Como, established by Carla Sozzani — sister to VOGUE Italia editor Franca Sozzani — is another masterpiece from the early ’90s. With its own highly respected art gallery, chic restaurant, hotel rooms, fashion boutique and bookshop, the enormous space has become a lifestyle destination for trendsetters passing through Milan. Already with two South Korean outposts, and one planned for Shanghai, this one’s a keeper.
Whereas in London, the Rei Kawakubo brainchild that is Dover Street Market brings some Asian craze to the British capital. Each one of its six floors is furnished according to a different theme. Scaffolding displays dresses on Floor Three and DIY wooden sheds for shoes on Floor Two, all mixed in with a good helping of Commes des Garçons items throughout and some bizarre taxidermy to greet you near the entrance. The shopping experience is akin to plummeting into Alice’s rabbit hole… if that rabbit hole was draped in avant-garde textiles.