Comfort AND luxury? Kit and Ace says yes

Comfort AND luxury? Kit and Ace says yes

Get ready for fashion form and function to collide as Brisbane's prestigious James St shopping precinct welcomes Technical Cashmere retailer Kit and Ace.

By Elle Raison | 26th August 2015

Lululemon lovers listen up! The former head designer from the beloved activewear label is bringing her unique practical spin on luxury wear to Brisbane. Kit and Ace is the name and changing the way we wear cashmere is the game. What if your cashmere could have the same functional flexibility as your active wear? What if you didn't have to "handle with care", but could get the high-end comfort you're used to without all the fussy care instructions? Well buckle up, Brisbane, because fashion form and function are about to collide with Kit and Ace's "athleisure" brand. You CAN have your cashmere and wear it, too!

Started by Canadian-born Shannon Wilson and her son J.J. Wilson, Kit and Ace designs are famous for their Technical Luxury apparel, known for it’s stretch, movement and washability.

Made from a mix of viscose, elastane and cashmere, the propriety of fabrics the design duo have created combine technical attributes one would find in active and daily wear with the luxury fibres we covet.

Basically, they've created the motherlode: a socially acceptable – nay COVETABLE – alternative to sweat pants and leggings that are just as comfy, twice as fancy, but no where near as precious when it comes to washing... Chuck them in the machine and move on, my friend, because these babies are durable.

The duo chose their second Aussie retail space, 50 James Street, Brisbane, as it fits right in with their vision of being part of the every day lives of those who inspire, create and do, in the community surrounding their stores.

“We can’t think of a better place for our Brisbane shop,” says J.J., “Areas like James Street really speak to our brand due to their eclectic mix of shops, restaurants and businesses.

"Location is important to us because we want to make sure we’re engaging with the local creative class in everything we do."

The 200-square-metre space will sell selected items from the core collection and feature locally sourced design elements such as artwork by Louise Weger and feature lights by Luxxbox.

And true to their brand, the pair are doing their bit to enrich the local community too (as if their fab apparel weren't already enough!) Kit and Ace will use the space to host supper clubs for local creatives to pop by and have real life conversations, build relationships and share ideas. Comfy clothes with class, creative conversation, and a little bit of luxury... what more could an active fashionista want?

Kit and Ace
50 James Street, Fortitude Valley


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Article by Elle Raison

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