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Maison Kitsuné, the French brand founded by former Daft Punk manager Gildas Loaec and Masaya Kuroki, an architect turned fashion designer, opened a New York outpost in April of 2012. The latter is responsible for the polished marble and wooden floors inside the line’s first New York store, the former is the mastermind behind the Kitsuné music compilations that can be purchased on vinyl and CD. Kitsuné means ‘fox with many faces’ in Japanese, and the store is accordingly eclectic. Dark wooden dressers contain sharply folded men’s polo shirts, Want leather accessories and rumpled tubes of toiletries by Aesop, ready to be scooped into one of the soft leather travel bags on offer and whisked off to Cannes, while stationery by Monocle magazine is propped on shelves inset into minimal white walls. Kuroki keeps the Kitsuné ready-to-wear collection simple but sharp, sourcing fabrics in Italy and having the tailoring done in France, and fills the rest of the store with goods that have the same chic standards—Alexander Olch bowties, Michel Vivien footwear and James Perse basics.