pening over the weekend in an inconspicuous space on Rankins Lane, the Comme Des Garcons Pocket store is the cult Japanese label’s first Australian retail space.
Embracing the Comme des Garcons Pocket store legacy, the space has been created in a truly instinctive and happily accidental style, emerging to form a ‘pocket’ within the community.
The shop stocks the label’s eponymous Play line, which comprises casual wear ranging from T-shirts to long-sleeve tops and shoes made in collaboration with Converse. What makes Play – which was launched in 2002 – so unique is its logo. Designed by illustrator Filip Pagowski, the endearing image of a red heart with eyes appears on all of the items in the collection. There is also a comprehensive selection of wallets, including the latest Bright Star series and limited edition fragrances.
Everything is carefully colour coded and displayed throughout the minimal all-white interior, which has the same under-designed sensibility that many of the Pocket stores have become known for, articulating the Comme des Garcons identity via contained physical spaces.
The shop is overseen by Rei Kawakubo – the creative director and founder of the avant-garde label, which originally launched in 1969 – and exudes a love for all things progressive, cultural and artistic. It brings to Melbourne the same attitude of the Japanese flagship store and other Pocket stores around the world.
Comme des Garcons Pocket
2 Rankins Lane, Melbourne
(03) 9670 1607
Mon to Fri 10am–6pm