Kit & Ace, another Wilson family conception, has opened its doors in Kitsilano at 2235 West 4th. The grand opening party last week did not disappoint. With gin-and-blueberry popsicles courtesy of Glory Juice, Moscow Mules that were dangerously delicious, and the who’s who of Vancouver done up in their suspiciously coordinated casual-cocktail-wear, the celebration was a success to say the least.
Also on hand were an abundance of shop employees eager to explain the ins and outs of “technical cashmere” and to enthusiastically attest to the flawless craftsmanship and genuine TLC that goes into every piece of clothing. There was an obvious colour palette with this season’s line, showcasing primarily burnt orange and tones of blue popping against the neutral whites, blacks, and grays that dominated the store.
The influence of lululemon is obvious, with crisp lines, basic shapes, and bold colours occasionally giving way to hints of almost-girly details and making room for slightly-flowy scarves. The pieces have an athleticism to them, but these are not clothes for working out – they are clothes for the lulu guys and gals once they’ve showered off after the gym and have places to rush to and people to see, and want to look good doing it.
The price tags are what you would expect – T-shirts for $68 and the like – and while not the most affordable spot to shop in the neighbourhood, I, for one, will admit that a few of the Kit & Ace pieces are on their way to becoming wardrobe staples. Basic enough to be worn a dozen different ways, comfortable enough that you can’t help but don for a second day in a row, and trendy enough to inspire a few comments, Kit & Ace has hit the nail on the head.
Last modified: July 23, 2015