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Rei Takes on Beijing

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The mastermind behind Comme des Garçons, Rei Kawakubo, has taken her design genius to Beijing with the opening of a multibrand store. The grand opening party last week welcomed the capital’s most loyal fashion fans with a traditional lion performance on an outdoor stage. The space itself is 20,000-square-feet of spotted columns, whimsical artwork and life-size sculptures by Stephanie Quayle and Michael Howells.

The store, reminiscent of the brand’s Dover Street Market complex in London, carries a range of apparel and accessories from various CdG lines, as well as merchandise from brands like Maison Martin Margiela, Rick Owens, Dior Homme, Ann Demeulemeester and Hussein Chalayan. The basement of the building houses a new boutique from A Bathing Ape, which connects to the I.T Beijing Market through a staircase.

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