PARIS — The year has only just started, but change is already shaking up the Paris fashion scene.
After just three seasons at the brand, designer Yuni Ahn is leaving French ready-to-wear label Maison Kitsuné.
The creative director, who joined the label in December 2018, is stepping down from her role, according to a statement issued by the company. The decision was mutual, said a spokesperson.
“After significantly developing its internal studio team under the helm of Yuni Ahn, Maison Kitsuné will transition the design of the brand’s forthcoming collections to recent in-house key hires to be announced,” the company said.
The brand’s new creative director — who, according to the statement, is already part of the Maison Kitsuné studio — will be revealed after the presentation of Ahn’s last collection during Paris Fashion Week.
Ahn, who was born in South Korea and is based in London, trained at Céline with Phoebe Philo. Under Ahn’s creative direction, Maison Kitsuné’s range of preppy separates took a decidedly fashion-forward edge; the label joined the official Paris Fashion Week calendar while under her leadership.
“We want to thank Yuni Ahn for the significant achievements accomplished over the engagement,” Gildas Loaëc and Masaya Kuroki, cofounders of Maison Kitsuné, said in the statement.
“We are deeply grateful to her for having set the path for our ambitions and will continue building on these foundations to further grow Maison Kitsuné into the independent Paris fashion house we’re aiming to become.”
The decision comes during a moment of expansion for Maison Kitsuné’s food and beverage arm Café Kitsuné. After opening its first restaurant in Paris in September as well as new cafés in New York and Tokyo, the brand debuted its first coffee roastery in Okayama, Japan.
Loaëc said in September that Maison Kitsuné’s next venture will be in the hotel business: The brand is set to open the first Maison Kitsuné hotel in Bali in 2021, operated with local partner Buva Group.