Just over a year after opening in Uptown’s Lyn-Lake neighborhood, women’s clothing boutique Kisa Boutique has become menswear shop Macho & Metro. Owner Emily Kisa has been slowly transitioning out of the space over the past few months while it was being renovated, setting up shop in a temporary storefront on the skyway level of the RBC Plaza on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis and popping up in Wayzata last weekend.
While Emily Kisa tends to her pop-up shops, her husband Caglar Kisa and business partner Kaan Gokcay are running the new store, which has been open on weekends for the past month until they can hire additional staffers. Like Kisa Boutique, Macho & Metro carries clothing sourced from Turkey, where Emily Kisa lived for five years and met her husband. While most of the brands the store carries—such as J. Pull, Philipp Plein jeans, Avva, 90 Plus 90, and Rosa Bianca—are new to me, Gokcay tells me that the Turkey-made goods are made in the same factories that produce menswear from mid-market brands such as Hugo Boss and fast-fashion brand Zara. Since they’re cutting out the middle man, the store is able to offer mid-market quality for Zara prices: European-cut blazers range from $145 to $295, with polo shirts going for $65. The store also carries spring men’s outerwear, shorts, denim, and shoes.
Ladies, don’t fret—Kisa’s downtown Minneapolis pop-up shop will continue indefinitely, and a side room attached to Macho & Metro will transformed into a mini Kisa Boutique.
The new store celebrates its grand opening this Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. with beverages, food, and live music.
Macho & Metro is open noon–8 p.m. Tue.–Sun., 722 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-823-5192, facebook.com/machoandmetro. Kisa Boutique is open 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Mon.–Fri. at RBC Plaza, 60 S. 6th St., Ste. 289, 612-823-5192, Mpls., and from 10:30 a.m.–7 p.m. this Fri.–Sun. at 743 Lake St., Wayzata, kisaboutique.com
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