DARK MATTER: Black is always the new black for Rei Kawakubo. It’s also the name of a retail concept concentrating on perennially popular Comme des Garçons styles, mostly in that sooty color.

Next month, Kawakubo is to open her third freestanding Black Comme des Garçons shop – this one in Amsterdam’s Zeedijk district. The pocket-sized unit will span about 400 square feet.

The first Black Comme des Garçons boutique opened in Paris in 2009, following by a location in Berlin. There are also shops-in-shop at Dover Street Market in London and New York, plus 14 corners in Japan and eight in Asia.

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