Ahead of Dover Street Market Singapore’s official opening, we were offered an exclusive look into its making. The highly anticipated store, set in the lush greens of upscale Dempsey Hill, will bring some of the world’s most progressive, coveted brands to the city, placing it on the map alongside its counterparts in Tokyo, London, and New York.

Created by Comme des Garçon’s founder and matriarch, Rei Kawakubo, the first Dover Street Market store in Mayfair, London, was one of the first in the world to not only carry multiple high-fashion brands—Junya Watanabe, J.W. Anderson, Gucci, and Balenciaga, to name a few—under one roof, but also place them alongside then-emerging labels, such as Craig Green, Gosha Rubchinsky, Edward Meadham, and Jacquemus. Dover Street Market marks its 13th anniversary this year, and Vulture, alongside many around the world who have come to love its rule-breaking, irreverent approach to fashion, celebrates and looks forward to many more years to come.

Words by Lesley Chee | Photography by Hoong Wei Long | Art Direction by Clifford Loh