A User’s Guide to Maison Kitsuné in New York City

Parisian style stalkers, rejoice. Maison Kitsuné has finally opened its first-ever stateside capsule of cool within the NoMad Hotel, and it’s filled to the brim with superior French swag. Conceptualized by the cult-adored label’s co-founder Masaya Kuroki, the airy 1,000-square-foot space was constructed by internationally acclaimed architect Jacques Garcia and features French Renaissance architecture. "I used the same approach to design this store as I did when I designed my apartment in Paris: very intimate, classic Left Bank style, with touches of bourgeois elements throughout," notes Kuroki. "While custom made furnishings give the boutique a modern edge, the overall concept is very much that of an elegant, classic Parisian atmosphere."

As for the goods, the emporium promises artfully sensual footwear by Michel Vivien, bags by WANT Les Essentiels De La Vie, skincare by Aesop, Maison Kitsuné men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, and more. For beat junkies, the label’s signature music compilations are available for purchase in both CD and vinyl formats.

Three Things To Buy: 


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Michel Vivien Mesnil Sandal: This sex-on-a-sandal by covet-worthy footwear purveyor Michel Vivien features red-hot suede, a multi-strap front, a gold-tone buckle fastening, a curved wedge, and a leather sole.

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WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie O’Hare Shopper Tote: The end-all and be-all of men’s carryalls, this roomy bestseller features an organic cotton canvas body with tan leather trim and a removable shoulder strap.

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J.M. Weston x Maison Kitsuné New York Loafer: A contemporary twist on J.M. Weston’s signature 180 loafer, this shoe was made exclusively for Maison Kitsuné New York and is flying off the shelves for its blend of shiny and pebble grain leathers, all-black finishings and Blake stitching.

Cheat Sheet
Opened: April 18, 2012
Pronunciation: May-zohn Kit-soo-nay
Founders: Gildas Loaëc and Masaya Kuroki
Aesthetic: Parisian prep with modern swagger.
Address: 1170 Broadway (at Broadway and 28th Street)
Locations: Two standalone stores worldwide in Paris and New York. Plans to open a boutique in Japan in 2013.

Australian Beauty Line Aesop Readies Their Manhattan Takeover

The opening dates of beloved Australian beauty line Aesop’s three new upcoming stores in downtown New York – two of which were slated to open in early August – are still TBD. So until the brand from Oz completes its long-awaited invasion of the NYC beauty scene, you’ll have to make do with the Aesop kiosk that opened this summer in Grand Central Station. The kiosk is built by the design team at Tacklebox, and takes inspiration from its commuter location by creating structures using 1,200 back issues of the New York Times. The brand’s Nolita store will have a similar design. The other new shop locations are on University Place and a Bleecker Street flagship that will open in December.

The line has always been straight-forward in its design and ingredients, while also remaining high quality and low-key. There’s never a gimmick or miracle elixir being pushed in the organic- and chemical-free line, which was established in 1987. And if the New York City stores look anything like the highly-designed Aesop spots around the world (one Adelaide store has a ceiling made of bottles; a Singapore location has a ceiling draped in string), it will be a refreshing addition to the often sterile-looking Manhattan retail scene. Here are two stand-out Aesop products that I’ve been devoted to for years. You might want to try them out, as it looks like we’re going to be seeing a lot more of Aesop in NY.

Rose Hair and Scalp Moisturizing Mask – A thick and intense mask that perfect for end-of-summer hydration. Great for dry scalps as well.

Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste – Also great for getting skin ready for fall by removing dead skin surface. And deeply cleanses to allow for more moisture to absorb.