Maison Kitsuné, the renowned Parisian fashion label renowned for its fusion of fashion, music, and gastronomy, is embracing a new role as a venture capital firm. The brand recently unveiled Kitsuné Ventures, a private equity firm that focuses on investing in up-and-coming creative individuals and companies in a range of industries. As its inaugural investment, Kitsuné Ventures has acquired a stake in Connor McKnight, an American label founded by the eponymous young designer during the pandemic.

Headed by Maison Kitsuné co-founders Gildas Loaëc and Masaya Kuroki, Kitsuné Ventures aims to invest in imaginative enterprises operating at the intersection of fashion, media, technology, and the restaurant business. The firm intends to offer financial support and resources to nurture these emerging designers and catalyze their growth through collaboration. Gildas Loaëc regards this venture as the natural progression of Maison Kitsuné’s commitment to cultivating creative talent and identifying cultural trends. By amalgamating their expertise with capital resources, Kitsuné Ventures aspires to propel the success of emerging designers.

In addition to the launch of Kitsuné Ventures, Maison Kitsuné is pushing forward with its expansion in the retail sector. The label has plans to open new stores in prominent locations such as New York, Los Angeles, and Vancouver in 2022, thereby solidifying its global presence.

Kitsuné Ventures will utilize its own resources to extend financial support to startups, while also offering production, design, and distribution resources. In the case of Connor McKnight, Kitsuné Ventures has acquired a minority stake in the brand. Through this investment, McKnight will gain access to Maison Kitsuné’s extensive retail and e-commerce networks, providing opportunities to sell collections and collaborate on projects.

The connection between Maison Kitsuné and Connor McKnight originated when the young designer reached out to Gildas Loaëc during the pandemic, seeking guidance. Over time, the relationship blossomed, culminating in financial backing and a long-term investment from Maison Kitsuné. Based in Brooklyn, New York, Connor McKnight’s label is synonymous with luxury fashion and an unwavering focus on timeless silhouettes. McKnight’s designs offer a fresh take on classic styles, seamlessly blending a sophisticated contemporary twist with impeccable tailoring and attention to detail. Despite being a relatively nascent player in the fashion industry, McKnight has already garnered recognition for his exceptional talent and is poised to achieve great success.

Maison Kitsuné’s leap into venture capital exemplifies the brand’s unwavering dedication to supporting emerging talent and fostering creativity across diverse industries. By marrying their expertise in fashion, music, and culinary arts with financial resources, Kitsuné Ventures aims to propel the success of promising creatives and make a meaningful contribution to the future cultural landscape.

Useful links:
1. Maison Kitsuné Official Website
2. Connor McKnight Official Website