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The Arts Club was founded in 1863 by Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope and Lord Frederick Leighton among others, and past members include Millais, Whistler, Kipling, Monet,


Rodin, Degas and Turgenev. It’s still a showcase for international artists and a meeting point for the movers and shakers of the art world.


MCQ HAS OPENED A FLAGSHIP STORE AT 14 DOVER STREET


ARTS CLUB OWNERS GARY LANDESBERG (LEFT) AND ARJUN WANEY


“We wanted to create a story and a home for McQ and the flagship on


Dover Street is an extension of this world,” says Sarah Burton, creative director at Alexander McQueen.


This summer also came the announcement that luxury French shoe designer Christian Louboutin is to open a men’s boutique at 35 Dover Street next month. Oliver Wilson, director at Orme Retail, which has been responsible for bringing many of these labels to the street – most recently, Louboutin – says: “I think Dover Street is certainly becoming more of a shopping destination. I think the attraction is its proximity to Bond Street and it’s got footfall – it has a mixture of office occupiers, tourists and restaurants and I think retailers have bought into it because of similarities to Soho in New York, in terms of it being a bit edgy, a bit of a mix and a lower entry point – although rents have moved on significantly. Prices have gone high but are still probably lower than Mount Street and some of the other competing streets.” Wilson adds that, as the arrival of New York fashion designer Marc Jacobs (which Orme also acted for) was the major catalyst for the transformation of Mount Street, the opening of Dover Street Market has encouraged other retailers to move in. “Commes des Garcons was a draw that established that there could be business there and that gave it credibility – there was something to sell the story on.” It’s not only fashion companies that have seen the attraction of Dover Street. The past year or so has seen the arrival of a string of art galleries including Alon Zakaim Fine Art’s second gallery, not far from its Cork Street space. “Cork Street can feel a little intimidating to people outside the art world, but Dover Street has a younger vibe,” he says. Earlier this year, Azerbaijani art dealer and curator Mila Askarova, whose Gazelli Art House had already held pop-up shows across the city, opened her first permanent London gallery at 39 Dover Street, programming international, contemporary artists ranging from established to up-and-coming talents. “It’s the part of London where the gallery could continue putting on high quality shows without alienating our existing clients and followers,” says Askarova. “Of course, the fact that we could attract and appeal to a new, international audience was and is very convenient. Dover Street provides





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