Kit and Ace
Combining athleisure’s comfort with urban sensibility, Canadian label Kit and Ace are breaking new ground in the world fashion.
By Benjamen Judd
They promise high-performing garments for men and women designed to help you get through those “full contact days”, and Canadian label Kit and Ace sure do deliver.
The Kit and Ace crew take inspiration from the intersections of daily life – office to gym to airport to hotel and back again. Their range of clothes blend easily from one situation to another, whether it be their must-have Commuter Trouser or incredibly versatile Conceal and Reveal Dress.
You may have already heard about their incredible Technical Cashmere – a naturally breathable fabric with the incredible hand-feel of cashmere only you can throw it into the washing machine with the rest of your day-to-day garments.
This combination of luxury and utilitarian comfort – is the driving force behind their entire brand philosophy.
We sat down with the team to learn a little bit more about the K&A brand and what goes into their designs.
How did Kit and Ace begin?
We looked at our friends and family – and ourselves – and saw a group of people living busy lives that were looking for functional clothing that could keep up with their day much like athletic wear – but without sacrificing style. There really wasn’t a product in the marketplace that filled this need, so we created a whole new category of technical apparel by enhancing luxurious fabrics like cashmere with technical fibres to make them machine-washable and offer added stretch.
Who is the Kit and Ace customer?
Anyone in search of versatile clothing that is easy to wear, comfortable, and functional will appreciate our apparel, however it especially connects with those who love to move, sweat, and perform well in areas of their life. They enjoy the comfort and movement of their athletic wear, and want those same functional and technical principles applied to clothing for their real life. This means clothing that transitions seamlessly through every part of their day.
Your story says that Kit and Ace's aesthetic is very much a reflection on the Vancouver landscape - how do you think Kit and Ace fits into the Sydney one?
The concept of Kit and Ace was born in Bondi, Sydney and has always been a special place for our family. While living there, we were inspired by the easy yet constant movement of the Australian lifestyle which is similar to that of the West Coast, so our designs are a natural fit in both markets.
What kind of thought process goes into the design of a Kit and Ace garment? What does each one have to do/achieve?
Our design team starts with our proprietary fabrics such as Technical Cashmere™ and from we design clothing that includes technical details that consider movement of the body. Each piece is meant to be comfortable, versatile, and allow you to move without restriction so you can get more done in your day – the fabric won’t lose its shape so there’s no having to change in between activities.
If there was a particular "must-have" all-round Kit and Ace garment that someone should have in their wardrobe, what would it be?
A basic, well-constructed t-shirt is a staple in any wardrobe, so I’d suggest anyone of our Technical Cashmere™ tees. They feel like butter on the skin, wear easily, and drape the body in flattering way. I always pack a few when travelling.
Kit and Ace stores can be found in Sydney CBD, Surry Hills and Bondi.
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