13 posts tagged "Maison Kitsune"
Tucked in The Avant/Garde Diaries Project Space in Soho is Le Cabinet de Curiosités of Thomas Erber—a compilation of limited-edition goods curated by Mr. Erber, a journalist and consultant. Le Cabinet de Curiosités (or CDC) is an annual collaborative affair whereby Erber brings together approximately fifty independent artists, brands, and designers, and gives them carte blanche to create (and, of course, sell) items that are alluring and exclusive.
New York is his fourth installment (Colette in Paris, Browns in London, and Andreas Murkudis in Berlin were CDC’s previous venues), with Bangkok as its next. And last night’s launch was hosted by one of the CDC’s very first permanent guests, Parisian label Maison Kitsuné, who produced a special black flight jacket with shearling. “It’s a very American style that’s perfect for New York,” Maison Kitsuné creative director and co-founder Masaya Kuroki (co-founder Gildas Loaëc was also in attendance), who’s been friends with Erber for fifteen years, said of the topper. “Thomas has style, and he’s sharp,” added Kuroki. “He has his modern eye but still appreciates all the old traditional things, which is so Maison Kitsuné.”
The designer’s sentiments were echoed by second-time participant, House of Waris founder Waris Ahluwalia: “Mr. Erber is great. He really pulls it all together,” Ahluwalia said. “It’s nice to be in the company with other artists, and CDC is always a great show of mixed media, of everything from jewelry to caviar.”
Notable items on offer include a French caviar-leather rolling case by Want Les Essentiels de la Vie, a rare copper-encased Marquis de Montesquiou Armagnac, twelve unique Vulcain timepieces, and a Moulinette x Højmark bicycle with graphic details etched into its steel frame.
“I have seen many young entrepreneurs and brand founders who put a lot of heart and soul into their [products], and on the opposite, I have seen many artists who are dealing with their own career as entrepreneurs,” Erber said. “My role is to define the limit between both and to curate them with authentic enthusiasm and sincerity.”
Le Cabinet de Curiosités of Thomas Erber is open through December 23 at 372 Broome Street, in New York.
Brazilian born, London-based designer Barbara Casasola has been chosen as Pitti W’s Fall ’14 guest designer. The 29-year old talent, who showed on the official London Fashion Week calendar for the first time in September, will present her collection in Florence at the Italian fair this coming January. Previous guest designers have included Damir Doma, Maison Kitsuné, and Peter Pilotto.
If you were expecting Maison Kitsuné to host a run-of-the-mill Spring ’14 womenswear presentation, you don’t know Maison Kitsuné. The ever hip fashion and music collective founded by music industry vet Gildas Loaëc and architect Masaya Kuroki has been known to bring the pair’s passions together when debuting new collections (during a special Fall ’13 presentation at Pitti, for instance, they showed their lineup on a series of cult pop bands). Spring was no different. On Thursday night, atop the roof of the NoMad Hotel (the brand has a boutique on the ground floor), Kitsuné presented its street-meets-prep range of branded tops, bubbly skirts, saucy summer suits (think short shorts and matching little jackets), and rompers on models who moseyed through a cocktail-sipping crowd. The new duds were also worn by Chairlift, a synth pop duo made up of Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly, who played to a swaying crowd.
Despite the fact that it was a sweltering ninety degrees that evening, the models looked cool in their chartreuse, cherry, dusty blue, and peach wares. One sundress, which tied at the back, was held together with buttons and could be split into a skirt and crop top ensemble. “It’s for days like today, when it’s very hot and you want to feel a little breeze,” laughed Loaëc. That same frock was covered in an allover print of tiny foxes—a signature for the Paris-based maison, whose name means “fox” in Japanese. “Some people have le crocodile, some people have le tigre, and we have our fox,” said Loaëc of the motif, which also appeared on a white sweatshirt. “It’s good to have a little something that makes you stand out.”
Maison Kitsuné is available at Opening Ceremony, Colette, Maison Kitsuné boutiques, and www.kitsune.fr.
Since launching Maison Kitsuné while on tour with Daft Punk in 2002, onetime band manager Gildas Loaec and architect Masaya Kuroki have never strayed far from their dream of bridging the gap between the Parisian fashion and music worlds. And their newest project falls right in line with that mission. Dubbed Dream Concerts Art Show, the pair’s latest effort is a collaborative exhibition with longtime friend André Saraiva, which will open at their concept store in Tokyo on September 4.
“I’m very close with André—we spend a lot of time together—and when we discovered that he was willing to explore an exhibition, we came up with the concept of concert lineups for an incredible evening,” explained Loaec, who first met the famed graffiti artist-cum-garçon-about-town more than fifteen years ago when he moved to Paris. The exhibit features a host of Saraiva-scribed posters showcasing the globetrotter’s fantasy concerts: “An amazing hip-hop concert, the best French electro lineup—dream shows,” commented Saraiva by phone from Los Angeles. Continue Reading “Impossible Concerts, Courtesy of Maison Kitsuné and Mr. André” »
As one of the leading retail destinations in Los Angeles, TenOverSix—founded by Kristen Lee and Brady Cunningham—has garnered a cult following with its tightly edited mix of designers (think Jesse Kamm, Jenni Kayne, THVM, Alasdair, Maison Kitsuné, and beyond). Now, Lee and Cunningham have brought their cleverly cool curation to the Lone Star state, selecting Dallas’ recently renovated Joule Hotel for the location of their second outpost. Mimicking the L.A. store’s eclectic white-and-wood interior, the more-than-550-square-foot Dallas boutique is filled with an ample array of wares by up-and-coming designers, established indie labels, and high-profile brands. With the Dallas set in mind, Lee and Cunningham have stocked a ready supply of cocktail dresses and filled their Lucite display boxes with both subtle and statement jewelry from the likes of Mociun, Lizzie Fortunato, and Pamela Love. Staying true to their signature edit, the pair has made sure to bring along their best-selling stock of Karen Walker, Vena Cava, and Rachel Comey, as well as pieces exclusive to the new location.
In addition to the main store, Lee and Cunningham have created TenOverSix Presents—an updated take on a hotel gift shop, which, set in the Joule’s lobby, offers a quirky mix of gifts, accessories, and essentials. Only at TenOverSix can one find toothbrushes, a birdcage necklace, and a pig-shaped fruit basket all in the same place.
TenOverSix is open now at the Joule Hotel, located at 1511 Commerce St. Dallas, TX 75202