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The Kisshoten label was established in 2012 by French born Londoner, Emilie Boitard-O'Connor.

A childhood fascination with Japan began after a trip to Tokyo as a young girl and from the outset the beauty, craftsmanship and history of the kimonos were instantly captivating.

Many years later a role involving global travel meant frequent trips to Asia and this was where Emilie was able to rekindle her love for Japan and subsequently the kimono.

However, it was on one of her trips she realised there was actually a great opportunity to share her love of the kimonos, and with work now providing a regular platform to travel to Tokyo, Emilie seized the opportunity to start sourcing these beautiful and exquisite pieces.

“It was always so exciting for me to give the kimonos the opportunity of another life in the west as a contemporary fashion piece.“

And so.... KISSHOTEN was born.

Already selling in some of the worlds' leading stockists and collaborating with fashion photographers (Norbert Schoerner), stylists (Nao Koyabu) and publications, Kisshoten is one of those rare brands that transcends fashion itself.

The heritage of these unique pieces simply adds to their timeless beauty.