Fashion is art. Especially non-mass produced fashion. So why is it mostly being sold in non-artistic places? One can argue that certain art instalments can take away the attention from the fashion itself. While I agree to that, to some extent, I discovered that adding artistic features when showcasing a line, appropriately, improves on the experience.
On Lexington Avenue, there is a wonderful, yet unexpected place selling merchandise from brands such as Comme des Garçons, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Thom Browne and Nike, amongst others. Most of the lines are accompanied by amazing artwork that reflect upon the feel of the lines. While the price ranges are on the high end, the experience is absolutely worth it.
Dover Street Market originated in London. The current locations are London, New York, Ginza and Beijing. The retailer also has a cafe called Rose Bakery. The atmosphere was laid back and the sales people were very friendly. Also, every floor had a different feel, further divided into several sections. Some of the garment racks were impressively combined with furniture such as dining tables and sofas.
If you are currently in New York or are planning a trip, this place should be a must to visit. If not for the fashion, well then for the art.