Kiosk 78, a new menswear retailer specialising in denim, has opened in Leeds stocking a selection of brands exclusive to the UK market.
The store on Duncan Street in the city centre sells denim brands from Japan such as Skull Jeans by an Alchemist, Warehouse Company, The Flat Head and Studio D’artisan, alongside menswear brands including Sweden’s Acne Jeans, French label APC, UK brand MHL By Margaret Howell and US brand Nom de Guerre. The shop also sells jewellery, accessories and art.
Owners Damon Bryan and Gavin Colwill began buying for the store 18 months ago because they became disillusioned with what was available on the high street for male shoppers.
The duo began by buying pieces from Japanese denim brands initially via the internet. “One of our core products is specialist denim that has previously been unavailable in the UK market,” said Bryan. “This denim is manufactured in Japan by small, often family-run businesses that use time-honoured traditions to create their products in homage to historic denim manufacturing techniques.”
Colwill added: “Many retailers interested in stocking these brands would call or email them, but we actually got a flight to Japan and travelled all around the country visiting all of our suppliers. “I think they were impressed with our passion and commitment for their brands and excited by our vision for the store, so agreed to sell to us – which is no mean feat when you consider that Skull by an Alchemist is only stocked in 10 shops worldwide.”
Kiosk 78 will continue to grow its brand list and is targeting brands that share the retailer’s ethos of ‘exclusivity and style’. It will introduce Folk and Real Real Genuine to its offer later this season.
A selection of products will also be sold online at www.kiosk78.co.uk, and customers can also sign-up for a monthly email newsletter which will keep them up to date with news and events about the shop.