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Dover Street Market plots international expansion

Designer London indie Dover Street Market has unveiled plans to branch further overseas after opening its first store in Tokyo last week.

The retailer is set to open a third store in New York in July 2013, although further details are yet to be revealed. It has been reported that the indie’s founder Rei Kawakubo, who also founded Comme des Garcons, and her husband and business partner Adrian Joffe, plan to open as many as five stores.

Joffe told the Metro newspaper, “After seven years, we felt this was the right time to have the first store outside London and an opportunity came up in Ginza, the commercial district of Tokyo.”

He added: “We have a plan to open five stores maximum. We’ve already planned one in New York. Wherever we open, it has to be a place with a lot of energy because the concept of the store is a beautiful clash of visions. Not every city lends itself to that. I couldn’t see a DSM in Milan, for instance.”

Dover Street Market opened a six floor store, which is connected to the Uniqlo flagship store, in Ginza, Tokyo last week. The store stocks brands including Givenchy, Marni, Undercover, Nike, A Bathing Ape, Thom Browne and Alexander McQueen.

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