This Thursday night in Los Angeles, the Maison Kitsuné team invited friends and family to celebrate the opening of their 27th Café Kitsuné worldwide, at 3814 Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake. A long-awaited opening, delayed for administrative reasons, brings the number of coffee shops in North America to four, along with Manhattan, Brooklyn and Vancouver.
Located next to the Maison Kitsuné boutique, the 700-square-foot space was designed by Kitsuné’s in-house architecture and design studio, led by Kuroki. Behind a red tile façade, the cafe opens to a series of signed paintings by Californian artist Jeffrey Sincich and a 14′ x 6′ mural. Signature materials are found in the white oak table and brushed stainless steel counters.
Sincich presents the cafe as an old-school market, selling everyday products, from milk and vegetables to house keys.
“I wanted the mural signs to be identifiable and welcoming,” Sincich said.
“Paris” appears across the store’s window, while the address above the doors reads “2002,” the year Kitsuné was founded.
To provide a premium sound experience to customers, Café Kitsuné turned to Japanese heritage audio brand, Rotel. A partnership launched in 2022 with the integration of Rotel products into the first and only high-fidelity cocktail bar at Café Kitsuné in Brooklyn.
On the menu at the new Café Kitsuné, customers can order Café Kitsuné’s signature blend roasted locally in New York City and a variety of specialty coffee drinks exclusive to the location, such as Höjicha cold cream and chocolate made by the chocolatier French Valrhona. and Matcha crème latte made with crème fraiche and served iced. The menu is completed by teas, sweet pastries and a selection of natural wines and beers.
Various snacks are also served, including the Parisian baguette, with ham, comté and butter, their version with a Japanese twist using kimchi and croissant spam musubi, and a selection of sweets including a fox-shaped sable cookie developed with natives of Los Angeles and French. trained chef Sharon Wang of Sugarbloom Bakery.
For the opening of Café Kitsuné in Los Angeles, Café Kitsuné partnered with Los Angeles-based jewelry and accessories brand Beepy Bella on a special capsule collection consisting of a handcrafted blown glass ring, a necklace with fox and hat themed pendant. Additionally, Café Kitsuné’s collection of ready-to-wear, accessories and tableware will be available for purchase, including hoodies, sweatshirts, t-shirts, caps, tote bags, keychains and pens.
Two years ago, plans to open Café Kitsuné in Los Angeles caused a bit of controversy, as the café was located directly across from a small Japanese restaurant of the same name and had no connection to the ready-to-wear brand. Maison Kitsuné and its founders Gildas Loaëc and Masaya Kuroki finally managed to convince the first Kitsuné restaurant to change its name to Kombi.
Today, Maison Kitsuné operates 35 stores and 27 cafes worldwide. In 2019, Café Kitsuné has also expanded its activity to new lines of business, adding roasteries, bars and restaurants to its offer.
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