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:
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.
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.
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.
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.