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It arrives smack-dab in the middle of New York fashion week, but the latest project from Kitsuné is tout Français. The line is debuting Kitsuné Parisien, a collection that channels collegiate prepster staples, but reflects the City of Light’s unfussy chic—and is made, by the way, using only French manufacturers. That makes for pieces with more history than first look would suggest. Take a cleanly cut polo embroidered with the brand’s fox logo in the colors of the French Tricolore (above). “It’s a classic, sporty French look,” says creative director Masaya Kuroki. “We got a really amazing manufacturer for the polo. They invented maille piqué cotton!”
Americans will have a chance to inspect the wares when the line comes to Barneys New York for a three-week pop-up shop beginning tomorrow. The limited-edition polo will be on offer, as will the fall “Ivy League” collection. But despite the line’s Parisian leanings, Kuroki and co. are celebrating in a true-blue U.S.A. way. For Fashion’s Night Out, they’ve hired the Heartschallenger ice cream truck to roll around town, dispensing sweets and fashion. “An ice cream truck is fun but exotic for us French people,” Kuroki laughs.
Boutique Kitsuné Parisien runs from Sept. 10 to Oct. 1, at Barneys New York, 660 Madison Avenue, NYC, www.barneys.com.