I’ve been a fan of Maison Kitsuné since I first saw their line sold at Colette Paris. Shortly I discovered that Maison Kitsuné is also a hot record label responsible for bands like Housse de Racket and Hot Chip. The origin of their name is just as magical as the pieces and records that came and captured the attention of tastemakers from Paris to Asia and now the US. “Kitsuné” is a Japanese word meaning “fox,” and legend has it that a Kitsuné has the power to shapeshift and change its face and appearance, just like a chameleon. What a perfect meet for a fashion brand heavily influenced by music and the making of; with an eyewear brand that also has passions for musical explorations (to date releasing 9 compilation CD’s that are sold worldwide) that illustrate the vibe of our brands cultural ties to entertainment, music, and art in LA.
Maison Kitsuné, together with Oliver Peoples, is pleased to announce a special edition collaborative capsule collection of eyewear. Masaya Kuroki, cofounder of Maison Kitsuné, was taken with the quality and craftsmanship of the luxury California based eye wear brand and sought out the partnership. “We were really excited to work with Oliver Peoples, a brand whose savoir-faire and expertise are highly inspiring,” says Masaya Kuroki. The alignment of the brands, driven by a similar distinguished aesthetic and minimalist design philosophy was a natural fit.
The launch of this eyewear collaboration coincides with the new Maison Kitsuné Tokyo store opening. Oliver Peoples and Maison Kitsuné propose an invitation to travel from Paris to Tokyo via Los Angeles with this made in Japan line.This inspiration gives birth to the frame names, Tokyo, the optical version and Paris, the sunglass. More than just accessories, the styles offer a new perspective of the art of living around the world.
“I have always loved traveling to Paris and Tokyo,” says Larry Leight, Oliver Peoples Founder and Creative Director. “They are two cities that have been truly inspiring to me. I have great respect for Maison Kitsuné and was excited to work together on their first venture into eyewear.”
The Oliver Peoples x Maison Kitsuné capsule collection includes two vintage inspired styles that take cues from the 1950’s. The designs combine quality materials, fine detailing and technical excellence with a minimalist aesthetic. Remaining true to Oliver Peoples iconic styling, these re-interpreted classics enhance the ready-to-wear men’s and women’s looks of the Maison Kitsuné Spring-Summer 2013 collection.
Detailed shots of each color way below.