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Best Conceptual Department Store

Comme des Garçons bag from Dover Street Market.   
  • Dover Street Market

    160 Lexington Ave., at 30th St.; 646-837-7750

    It’s hard to define the seven-story experience that is New York’s first Dover Street Market. But that’s just what its visionary, Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo, intended: right down to the three kaleidoscopic artist-designed pillars that pierce through the floors. Some will come for the minimalist jewelry on the ground level—like exclusive rings by Gaia Repossi in black-gold rhodium ($2,905)—or for the limited-edition sequin-and-leather Louis Vuitton bags ($3,250). Others will shoot straight up the all-glass elevator to Comme’s wild runway creations on the sixth floor, stopping on the way down to explore the emerging designers on level four. Another option, considering the first floor also features an outpost of Paris’s Rose Bakery, is to come just for the eggs and toast.

From the 2014 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine