Dover Street Market and David Casavant are offering the chance to own pieces worn by Rihanna, Pharrell Williams, Paul McCartney, Dua Lipa and Ye.
On Friday, the American fashion stylist, collector and consultant will release 26 pieces from his archive for sale to the public for the first time at Dover Street Market in New York City.
The pieces, presented in nine looks, include runway items from Prada, Calvin Klein, Helmut Lang, Jil Sander and Raf Simons collected over the past 20 years. These include a Raf Simons Patches bomber jacket from his fall 2000 collection that Rihanna wore to an event, and Lorde on her Billboard cover in 2014, the Raf Simons “Sold Out” tank top Pharrell wore to the NBA All-Star Game Halftime show in 2018 with N*E*R*D, a Helmut Lang black leather and shearling jacket from the fall 1999 collection, and even Miu Miu men’s cotton striped boxer shorts. Prices range from $150 to $13,000 and the sale will continue until every item is sold.
“I think of it as a mix of greatest hits from my archive as well as specific pieces that create a cohesive story and aesthetic all together,” Casavant said. “I wanted it to be something the customer dreamed about wearing and helped give context to each item.”
Casavant wants the offering to be a mix of generic vintage finds in museum-caliber pieces, as well as items attached to big celebrity moments. “I love that there’s almost a celebrity memorabilia aspect to buying the piece on top of the fact that the item itself is a unique and rare item in fashion history,” she added.
Born in Tennessee, Casavant began collecting vintage pieces at the age of 13. He later moved to London and attended Central Saint Martins. He established his archive in 2013 and released a book titled “David Casavant Archive” in 2018.
Casavant revealed that he wanted to sell pieces of his archive for a long time and partnered with Dover Street Market to sell “in a more intimate way,” he said.
“I want to start small and I want to start where you buy it in a physical store and not online,” he added. “Buying pieces physically in the store adds a more democratic as well as a more exclusive aspect because you have to go there to see and buy them. Dover Street Market is the perfect fit for to me because they really understand and are excited about the vision. Sales will be a staple to stay in fashion and I want to give them the highest form of what the idea of what can be sold in their store .