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Freshness Grid: Valentine's Picks Curated by Dover Street Market New York

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Look, you can decry Valentine's Day as a Hallmark holiday, dreamed up by venal Madison Avenue ad execs whose true motivations arise from commerce, and not, in fact, romance. But that's a pretty cynical take, and cynicism is so 2014. It's a new year, and high time for a new perspective. This Valentine's Day, go ahead and embrace quaint notions like sharing and love. Get back to basics, but not with gifts that are basic themselves. And if you need a step in the right direction, Dover Street Market is a good place to start. Dreamed up by Rei Kawakubo of COMME des GARÇONS, DSM opened its New York outpost in late 2013 (joining locations in London and Tokyo). It's a concept shop that gathers a considered mix of luxury and streewear brands under one roof, offering the sort of goods you didn't know you needed until you laid eyes on them. And if you're SOL and absent an SO this Valentine's Day, get a little something for yourself. You've earned it.

Dover Street Market 160 Lexington Avenue | Map New York, NY 10016 TEL #: 646-837-7750

[column width="48%" padding="3%"]1.Freeway x Barbara Kruger Sunglasses L.A.-based Freeway Eyewear enlists legendary collage artist Barbara Kruger to make over a pair of limited-edition acetate sunglasses with her signature iconography.

2.COMME des GARÇONS Zipper Wallet Billfolds are stodgy, money clips are obnoxious. Get a zippered wallet instead, with just enough room for your ID, credit card and a bit of cash, all safe and secured behind zip closure. Even better, you can opt for eye-catching bright shades like this one.

3.COMME des GARÇONS PLAY Sweatshirts One can never have enough high-quality hoodies, and the CDG PLAY logo makes this an especially fitting Valentine's gift.

4.DSMNY x Converse Sneakers A sleek and low-profile take on the All Star Chuck 70.[/column]

[column width="48%"]5.Bianca Chandon Tee Founded in 2014 by professional skateboarder Alex Olson, Bianca Chandon makes '70s inspired basics in limited numbers. Get in on the brand early.

6.Gosha Rubchinskiy Knit Beanie (Yellow) The eponymous lable of Russian designer Gosha Rubchinskiy is inspired by post-Soviet skate and youth culture and features bold and ready-to-wear essentials, like this indispensable piece for winter.

7.CDG x Cote&Ciel iPad or Macbook Air Sleeves Marrying functionality and style, CDG supplies the signature graphics on the protective sleeves from French accessories brand Côte&Ciel.

8.Gosha Rubchinskiy Pants Leisure wear for the proletariat, elevated by Gosha Rubchinskiy for the street.[/column]

Produced by: Dan Hwang