Maison Kitsuné Appoints Yuni Ahn as Design Director

by AnnMarie Barenchi

Maison Kitsuné has appointed former Céline Design Director Yuni Ahn as its new Design Director, taking over the design of menswear and womenswear across all of the brand’s lines.

Born in South Korea, Ahn is a multi-talented designer with experience with companies such as Chloé, Céline, Miu Miu and Paul Smith. Most recently, she worked on the core designs of bags, jewelry and sunglasses for Céline, eventually becoming Design Director. At Maison Kitsuné—a unique brand that oversees a fashion brand, music label and coffee shops—Ahn said she will be working on bringing a fresh perspective to the collections and establishing new principles while striking a balance with what has been cultivated over the last sixteen years.

“During my last year at Céline, one of my favorite places to hang out was the Café Kitsuné located in the beautiful gardens of the Palais Royal. A chance encounter with Gildas Loaëc started it all,” Ahn said in a press release. “I feel very proud to contribute to this exciting evolution for Maison Kitsuné.”

Gildas Loaec, Masaya Kuroki and Yuni Ahn.

Gildas Loaec, Masaya Kuroki and Yuni Ahn.

Gildas Loaëc and Masaya Kuroki, co-founders of the Paris-meets-Tokyo brand, said they are both thrilled to welcome Ahn to the team to write a new chapter in its history together.

“Yuni Ahn has a deep understanding of Maison Kitsuné’s current opportunities and shares the ambitions we have for our collections,” they said. “We are convinced that her talent, vision and savoir-faire will help bring the brand further success and grow Maison Kitsuné into the independent Paris fashion house we’re aiming to become.” 

Ahn will show her first collection for Maison Kitsuné on January 18 at the brand’s first-ever Paris Fashion Week presentation.