Store owners Thorunn Anspach and Olivier Bremond
About Us: An Interview with the Owners of Kisan
Q: What inspired you to open your own store?
A: After traveling the world for 20 years when we were in the TV business we had this dream to put together all our most unique finds into one innovative retail space.
Q: What is the aesthetic vision behind Kisan?
A: We wanted to create a space that showcased clothing that is chic and feminine with an urban twist. We bring our Parisian sensibility of effortless style to our New York setting.
Q: How do you choose the brands available at Kisan?
A: We champion authentic creators who working with the most beautiful fabrics and materials and have a unique dedication to craft and style. As well as developing strong relationships with our favorite designers we are also always on the lookout for up and coming and creative designers from all around the world.
Q: How is Kisan unique from other boutiques?
A: Kisan is an inspirational place filled with all of our most beautiful finds. We want shoppers to be able to find flattering and feminine pieces that are chic and easy to wear. We have a sales staff that is attentive and knowledgeable about all of our unique brands, they offer the experience of working with a personal shopper to any of our customers.
More About Us:
Kisan has been a cult-favorite fashion destination in New York since 2008. Owners Thorunn Anspach and Olivier Bremond have created a unique atmosphere that is both beautiful and playful. Anspach and Bremond’s extensive world travels and friendships with superior, international designers have created the harmonious collage of authentic goods that defines Kisan. Kisan carries a selection of creative European, Japanese and American brands that includes Vanessa Bruno, Giada Forte, Tsumori Chisato, Paul & Joe, Sophie Theallet, Jerome Dreyfuss, Jamin Puech, Gilda Midani, Megan Park, Pas de Calais, Pedro Garcia, Robert Clergerie, Philippe Model, Faliero Sarti, Servane Gaxotte, and Noguchi amongst many others.
Kisan in Press:
"It's not that the clothes stocked at this subtly other-worldly (and easy to overlook) boutique are necessarily Parisian, but many of the brands—Demylee, Vanessa Bruno, Megan Park, Golden Goose—have that seasonless quality that the French pull off so well. This is not to say that the array isn’t without its wonderful eccentricities, whether it’s a doll-shaped Servane Gaxotte necklace, or a cat-bedecked Tsumori Chisato tunic. But we digress, because the real siren song is the kid’s selection, packed with Bonton pullovers, Anais & I party dresses, and Finger in the Nose jeans. There’s also a handful of toys from iconic brands like Villac."
“Thorunn Anspach and Olivier Bremond have come by this retail approach naturally and almost organically. As owners of Kisan Concept Store their love of shopping and worldly taste is expressed through the merchandise of the stores. In building their business they shopped the world and incorporated brands they admired and merchandise they personally loved. Anspach and Bremond pride themselves on maintaining a level of craftsmanship and integrity in the product they retail. When customers enter their Soho space in New York, they are met with approachability and a sense of discovery. Rather than merchandised the store feels curated. Labels from around the world are showcased, mixing unknown brands with established brands, which offers a reference point for customers.”
"Soho has been criticized for looking more and more like the Mall of America, but quirky, independent concept stores still exist, and Kisan is considered one of the best. “It’s far and away one of my favorite boutiques,” says Joy Gryson, who browses the expertly curated selection of clothes, books, toys, and jewelry for gifts for friends, family, and herself! The store carries hard-to-find pieces from all over the word for women and children. Gryson brings her daughter, Olivia. “She can be off trying on clothes for herself while I can see her from the other end of the store. We both always find something, so we have to limit ourselves,” she says."
- Elizabeth Street
"You dont have to travel the globe to own worldly wares: This boutique carries a melting pot of high-design goods from both established brands and emerging designers. The 1,300-square-foot Soho space stocks exclusive pieces, colorful clothing, handmade trinkets and eclectic accessories from a unique medley of designers."
- Time Out New York
"Looking for European-sensibility in the heart of Manhattan? A New York native, but jonesing for the latest in French fashion? Log out of Expedia and take the 6 to SoHo instead. Kisan, a concept store by world-travelers Thorunn Anspach and Olivier Brémond, is known for its refined and eclectic mix of high-street brands, children's clothing, toys, fragrances, housewares and outerwear."
"Kisan Concept Store is a nifty little place, just off the beaten path in Soho. The store is a collective of all things stylish and beautifully made offering nearly everything from interesting coffee table books and gadgets — to chic clothing/shoes — to handbags and jewelry — to stunning, mouth-agape children’s clothing. The owners literally comb the world over to find the lines they carry and it is the kind of stuff you won’t see anywhere else and can’t get anywhere else."
- Babyccinco Kids
"The idiosyncratic merchandise mix at Kisan Concept Store—where upscale apparel, jewelry, and home products share a 1,300-square-foot space in New York City’s Soho —wasn’t curated for some pre-determined, target audience… It reflects its owners’ whims, tastes, aesthetics, cultural interests and sense of humor."
- Specialty Insider