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Collating some of the most exciting retail events and launches occurring in May, including DSM’s mega archive sale and the opening of the ZAP Shop, Something Curated takes a closer look at the art and fashion retail highlights of this month.


ZAP Shop Grand Opening || 41 Dover Street (3 May)

The ZAP committee, comprised of Sadie Coles, François Chantala, David Gryn, Heather Kerzner, Gary Landesberg, Simon Lee, Yana Peel, Michaela de Pury, Joe Scotland, Lisa Tchenguiz, Sally Tallant, Assia Webster and Anita Zabludowicz, invite visitors for drinks, music, shopping and special one-night-only discounts. ZAP offers exclusive editions and artworks available from the UK’s most exciting emerging artists and arts organisations in a carefully curated shop in the heart of Mayfair. Turner Prize winners to future greats, prices range from £4 to £4,000. All works are sold in aid of BALTIC, Glasgow International, Liverpool Biennial, Serpentine Galleries, Studio Voltaire, Zabludowicz Collection and emerging artists from across the UK.


Dover Street Market Market || 180 Strand (11-14 May)

Comme des Garçons Spring 2004 (via FashionLyst)

Owned by Comme des Garçons and known for its progressive edit, creative visual merchandising and bi-annual “tachiagari” whereby the interior of the store is completely reborn, Dover Street Market is a multi-brand retail experience rooted in ‘beautiful chaos’ that offers some of the world’s most avant-garde fashion. At Dover Street Market Market enjoy a carefully edited selection from the DSM archives of all Comme des Garçons brands as well as many DSM favourites from the last decade at 180 Strand. Stock will be continually replenished with discounts of up to 80%.


Acne Studios Archive Sale || (3-5 May)

(via Acne Studios)

Acne Studios is a multidisciplinary luxury fashion house based in Stockholm, Sweden founded in 1996 as part of the creative collective ACNE, helmed by Jonny Johansson. The house offers men’s and women’s ready-to-wear fashion, footwear, accessories and denim, as well as special artistic collaborations and one-off projects. The Acne Archive 48h UK only sale will offer a handpicked selection of Acne Studios classics, show pieces and exclusive items from previous collections at up to 75% off.


Conscious Collection || LN-CC (Available now)


Launched back in 2010, LN-CC is an innovative retail concept founded in east London. Today the organisation also maintains a highly curated ecommerce presence, reaching a broader audience. Selected by Creative & Buying Director Xiaoxiao Yu, the Conscious Collection comprises a breadth of environmentally mindful labels that do not compromise on aesthetics. Amongst the recent additions to the collection of brands is ELLISS, founded by CSM graduate Elliss Solomon in 2016. Born from a desire to create soft and feminine pieces using minimal waste, low impact production methods and a small carbon footprint, her collections feature considered basics, refined separates, female activist-inspired prints and eco-friendly fabrications.


Erdem Sample Sale || The Music Room (9-10 May)

Running from 9-10 May at Mayfair’s The Music Room, this is a rare opportunity to collect beautiful pieces from past collections by Erdem Moralıoğlu. The Turkish-British designer graduated in 2004 and launched his eponymous line, Erdem, in 2005, debuting it at London Fashion Week. Since then, he has become an international name known for capturing powerful femininity with bold florals and delicate lace. His focus on silhouettes and proportions are said to make those that wear his pieces feel distinctive, beautiful and confident in their femininity.


Feature image: Cindy Sherman & Comme Des Garçons, 1993 (via Comme des Garçons)

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