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