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French high street brand The Kooples and upscale Italian menswear brand Kiton are both set to open stores in Miami, according to WWD. A few months ago we reported that The Kooples had been eyeballing its first Miami shop, however Kiton comes as a pleasant surprise.
Familiar with both? Not familiar with either? The Kooples is on the same tier as French brands like Maje and Sandro, known for simple and chic basics, only you can count on The Kooples to have a sort of rock and roll edge and everything caters to both men and women (they originally advertised to couples). As of March 22nd, The Kooples will have five U.S. stores, not to mention the dozens that are already in Europe, and over the next five years it plans to open about ten more outlets in America, including Miami, Chicago, Hawaii, and another in L.A. We've inquired about a potential opening date, but for now you can shop The Kooples at Nordstrom, Saks, and Bloomingdale's.
In contrast, Kiton is known for its tailoring and Italian refinement. Think plaid suiting with scarf-like ties and collared knitwear with find leather accessories. The brand plans to add about 20 new stores to the 52 it currently operates, and six of those will be in America. Its fourth U.S. store opens in San Francisco this month, where you can find custom-made surfboards with Kiton fabric inlays. We're curious to know what special feature Miami's store will have when it opens on an undisclosed date at a yet-to-be-named location.