We all have different versions of luxury. For me, it’s comfort and quality, while still looking polished. And what better time than the holidays to give a little luxury?
Kit and Ace is a Vancouver-based clothing store new to Third Ward (315 N. Broadway) that has a proprietary Technical Cashmere fabric that is luxury meant to live in. The premise behind the fabric is to reduce maintenance while preserving the luxurious feel. It’s a washable cashmere blend that has been enhanced with technical fibers so that it’s easy to wear and retains its shape throughout the day.
The store opened in July with just a handful of tees that felt more like an extra soft jersey knit. I’ve been keeping my eye on the store to see an expanded product line and I’m happy to report that the sophisticated fall collection has arrived, with more arriving weekly.
Many of their pieces are thin and breathable, perfect for layering. Kit and Ace styles feature added stretch for comfort, Italian tailoring for the most flattering fit and smooth flat-locked seams. All garments are pre-shrunk so you don’t have to worry about how they will fit after the first wash.
A few of the most popular items at the Third Ward store are the women’s Apollo Pant ($148) – a polished love child of a yoga and sweatpants that take you from work to travel to weekend, and the Meadow Dress ($188), a long sleeve dress with stretch and seams in all the right places – a favorite of mine. The Walcott Blazer ($398) for men is a fantastic tailored and water-resistant blazer with a zip-out, down-filled liner designed for movement and breathability.
“Milwaukee had been on our radar for a while and after discovering the historic Third Ward, we knew it was the right fit for our brand,” says JJ Wilson, founder of Kit and Ace. “The neighborhood is a mecca for fashion connoisseurs and art lovers alike – these are the people we design for.”
Speaking of fashion connoisseurs and high-end performance gear, you might notice some similarities between Kit and Ace and another popular Third Ward spot, lululemon. The owners of Kit and Ace are actually heirs to the lululemon throne. They took the same concept of quality materials, but gave it a sophisticated spin. Thank you, Canada!
Kit and Ace now has 30 shop locations across the United States, as well as five pop-up shops. Their Technical Cashmere™ is the first of many proprietary Technical Luxury™ fabrics they will create.
Stop by the Third Ward store to find a few little luxuries to brighten up anyone’s holiday.