The Intrepid Shopper

Breaking ground in London

Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo broke all the retail rules when she hired British hotshot architecture firm Future Systems to create her podlike store in Manhattan's Chelsea. Now she has upped the ante again, this time in London, with the opening of Dover Street Market. Instead of stylizing the new six-story space, she's stripped it to its rough, industrial essence and stocked it with an eclectic mix: vintage clothing, current collections (by Dior's Hedi Slimane, Lanvin, Didier Ludot), music, stuffed animals, and tea cakes. Jumbled, chaotic, and terribly chic, it's 10 Corso Como—with a British accent. At 17-18 Dover St.; 44-20/7518-0680.