“Machine wash cold, tumble dry low” is not a washing instruction you normally associate with cashmere…until now.
Shannon Wilson and her stepson JJ Wilson have arrived in Los Angeles with their two-year-old clothing/lifestyle company Kit and Ace. Right now, you can pick up your new luxe uniform at their successful pop-up studio in Downtown L.A. (open until January 2016) and their brand new Venice shop on Abbot Kinney. The duo bring with them shirts, dresses, pants, and underpinnings in their buttery soft yet incredibly resilient Technical CashmereTM. Shannon’s ingenious proprietary fabric mixes cashmere with technical fibers like viscose, elastane, rayon, and spandex creating a luxury feel that requires little fuss and looks exceptional. Voila! Cashmere that retains its shape in the washing machine—soon you are going to forget the name of your dry cleaners.
The Wilsons took their extensive athletic wear knowledge (Shannon’s husband Chip Wilson founded Lululemon) and applied it to the contemporary clothing market in their new venture. They have literally thought of everything in each piece. Kit and Ace items are double paneled in high contact areas, have strategically placed grommets that provide ventilation where it is needed, and there is extra fabric in hemlines so t-shirts don’t roll up. Shirts have been pre-shrunk and have a contour fit—bulk fabric has been removed so the waist and abs you have worked so hard are highlighted. Pants have articulated knees so there is no bunching or sagging, and itchy tags in the neck of your t-shirt have been eliminated with their removable blue ribbon tags. There are even hidden pockets for phones and credit cards.
Winter plans for the brand to add more styles to supplement their Technical CashmereTM T-shirts, including toques, knits, and scarves. Their architectural, lightweight coats will also become staples. You can even Kit and Ace it all the way down to your underpinnings with Technical CashmereTM bras and underwear. The Kit and Ace look is black, white, or grey but there are a few hints of color. Tees pop in an Iconic Blue more vibrant than lapis, and a striking heather plum that is simply saturated with color. More color will make an appearance in their upcoming spring launch, in addition to more technical styles and fabrics.
The brand is truly a lifestyle, reaching out to the community where the shops reside (there are 20 more new stores planned nationwide before the end of the year) offering supper clubs and other events for the creative class. Kit and Ace is a brand that can be incorporated into our West Coast lifestyle as easily as a Technical CashmereTM V-neck T-shirt. What says Technical LuxuryTM better?