KIT AND ACE
By Justine Barnes
Whether you are involved in the fashion industry or not, we are sure you have heard something about Kit and Ace, which opened their first retail location in Vancouver in July 2014. If you’ve visited downtown, you have also most likely walked past their beautiful location in Gastown, where there always seems to be an employee sewing something new on display in the window. We were very interested in what this company was up to and set up a quick interview to ease our curious mind ?
What is the 5 year plan for this company?
We see Kit and Ace as a global brand. We started the company with that plan in mind and have been rapidly expanding to meet that vision. In less than six months we’ve hired 240 people and will continue to grow in 2015. In five years we will be a globally recognized brand, known for our innovative technical fabrics that save people time.
How many locations do you have so far?
Currently Kit and Ace has seven locations: Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Toronto, New York and San Francisco. We have a rapid expansion plan for 2015, which includes more locations in North America as well as Europe, Asia and Australia.
What is different about your cashmere?
Our cashmere is part of a proprietary fabric called “Qemir™” (pronounced come-here). The fabric insures that our clothes can be thrown into the wash and dry without risk of shrinking, stretching or pilling while retaining the luxuriant feeling of cashmere we all love.
What is Meet Kit?
Meet Kit is our feature blog showcasing women that embody the spirit of our muse Kit. Kit is the type of woman living a full contact lifestyle, finding passion and quality in all that she does. She is our muse and whom we design our products for. We will have a rotating ensemble of women on the blog that represent Kit in daily life.
What is different about this company that allows it to succeed?
Not only do we have the proven background in the fashion industry in managing a global brand, we’ve brought on a creative team that knows how to think outside the box. We’re creating an entirely new market, Technical Luxury™, and we think people are resonating with wanting a brand that caters to their lifestyle needs and keeps them looking fashionable.
Check them out online at http://www.kitandace.com/ and read about the mother, son founders or stop by their Gastown location on Water Street.
“Your time is precious and your comfort is paramount. We create designs that look good and feel amazing, so you can forget the small stuff and get on with the big stuff.” – Kit And Ace
By: Justine Barnes
Cavalier in Gastown held an exclusive event a few weeks ago debuting their newest jewelry collection by founder and designer, Anne Sportun. Cavalier chooses to represent local talent, however they couldn’t pass up the opportunity to represent Toronto native, Anne Sportun’s hand-made collections, which they consider to be wearable pieces of art.
Anne Sportun began making jewelry in the basement of her home. At the age of sixteen she delivered her first wholesale order, which unknowingly were the first steps of her professional career. A few years later she enrolled into a three year Jewelry Arts program, which set her on the path to where she is today. “Anne translates the subtle beauty of organic asymmetry into her work.” She was also awarded for her contemporary design and excellent craftsmanship.
If you are in the market for one of a kind jewelry or engagement rings, you must visit Cavalier in Gastown.
ALDO A-LIST EVENT
By: Justine Barnes
Aldo on Robson Street partnered with The Style Saver and Verlico for an event on Friday, Nov 21st. The exciting atmosphere during the event was infectious. Guests were treated to colorful drinks, a candy bar and showered with deals on all the merchandise in the store. In addition, a fashion show showcased chic fall/winter looks to the guests.
The Style Saver is a blog belonging to Elizabeth Manuntag, which she started up when she began thrifting and consignment store shopping in her attempts to save money on fashion. She partnered with Aldo for this event because she has a history of working for the company and continues to style her outfits with Aldo shoes and Accessories. A few of her favorite consignment and thrift stores are Hunter and Hare, Mine & Yours, Turnabout and Value Village. Elizabeth will continue to thrift and consignment shop to encourage a sustainable lifestyle and plans to travel and explore the sustainable culture in other cities, connecting with other bloggers and insiders who have similar passions.
Elizabeth with her lovely models kitted out in Aldo shoes and accessories.
Verlico is a website that offers an amazing way to discover new bloggers and brands and to view a variety of different styles and inspirational outfits. It is a social sharing platform that enables us to search and keep track of our friends, bloggers and brands. Fashion folk are able to upload their own looks and tag the designers or direct product links through their outfit, making shopping for viewers that little bit easier.
Overall, a fabulous event to attend and enjoy the company of like-minded fashion individuals. I have a feeling this will be an event that will continue to be held, seeing how successful it was.
Fashion folk: guest, Kiara Schwartz and Josh Langston of The Social Life
Justine Barnes and sister
Images: Kuna Lu Photography
This look, perfect to ring in the New Year, was inspired by Yaletown, another one of our favourite stomping grounds.
The dress on its own is a statement piece, but it’s also one that you can push a little further and go OTT with, especially for a New Year’s celebration. With that said, we added even more sparkle with the blinged-up kitty ears, rock-crystal clutch (to balance out the ears and embellished crop), and textured snake-print/lace ankle booties. How gorgeous does Randa look – Meeow !
This look, while perfect for many body shapes would work especially well for someone with a straight up and down (ruler) silhouette as the embellished crop layer and the feathered skirt add a little volume, giving the illusion of a more of a nipped in waist.
LOOK 3 – YALETOWN RAZZLE DAZZLE
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Huge thanks to Sarah Boland for the fab pics.
Till next time lovelies!