Paris-based fashion brand and boutique hospitality group Maison Kitsuné enters the Canadian market with adjacent café and retail stores
The Maison Kitsuné fashion brand was founded in 2002, with the first Café Kitsuné opening in 2014
Maison Kitsuné is continuing its global expansion, opening branches of its boutique café and fashion retail brand in Vancouver. The Café Kitsuné and Maison Kitsuné stores will trade side-by-side in the city’s upmarket Gastown neighbourhood at 157 Water St.
Café Kitsuné’s Vancouver outpost joins 16 other stores around the world located in France, Japan, South Korea, China, Thailand, Indonesia, the UK, and the US.
The French-Japanese inspired café and dining concept was first launched in 2014 as part of the Maison Kitsuné fashion brand founded by Gildas Loaëc and Masaya Kuroki in 2002. It also has two roasteries located in Paris and Okayama.
Café Kitsuné’s global growth further underlines the growing popularity of 5th Wave
café concepts around the world, with boutique hospitality brands, such US-based Blue Bottle Coffee
, the UK’s EL&N
and Japan’s Omotesando Koffee
, all successfully tapping into new international audiences.
In Canada, Café Kitsuné joins fellow boutique café group, % Arabica
, which made its debut in the North American nation in late 2021 with a store in Toronto.