Founded in 2002, Kitsuné have developed beyond their Parisian roots encompassing influences from around the world to create freshly balanced collections that emulate the travels of founding partners Gildas Loaec and Masaya Kuroki. With the help of London based design studio Åbäke, they have melded their passion for fashion and music, intertwining them into one of the most dynamic labels around.
The Autumn/Winter 2012 collection takes influence from the British Tweed Run – an old cycling club that runs through the centre of London celebrating all things tweed – taking its sporting aesthetic and introducing a typically Parisian twist. As ever, designer Masaya Kuroki marries sophisticated tailored cuts with a laid-back leisurely look that nods toward driving culture as well the collection’s cycling influence.
The first drop consists of simple polos, luxurious knits and classic shirting bookended by a small collection of accessories. The shirting is a typically authentic affair with a clean cut Oxford Shirt in a traditional blue hue sat aside the Worker Shirt constructed from a brushed cotton and available in a Navy or Red check. The range of pique polo shirts showcases Kuroki’s passion for tailoring, with each design having a slim and sharp silhouette.
Typical of an Autumn/Winter collection, the range of knits and outerwear cater for every eventuality of the temperamental British weather. The Classic series – V-Neck Sweater and Cardigan – are ideal for the cooler months of Summer with their fine 8-gauge knit lambswool working effortlessly with the shirting from the range. Alternatively for the cold snap, the Cable Knit Crew available in Light Grey and Beige works as a great layering piece. The Unlined Parka is the highlight of this first drop. With its robust cotton twill construction in traditional Khaki, the jacket represents the wholistic ideal of the collection – work and leisure.
The collection is rounded off with a superb selection of accessories such as the cotton mix Scarf, calfskin Solid Belt in Plum and Havana as well as Kitsuné’s continuing collaboration with esteemed master perfumer James Heeley bringing a range of candles in Blueberry and Blackberry aromas, adding a touch of fruit-filled class to any room.
To view the first drop of the Autumn/Winter 2012 collection, please visit our Maison Kitsuné section…