In June, Vancouver based retailer, Kit and Ace set up shop in the Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis. It was a huge surprise that this start up retailer was putting down roots in STL before larger retail markets like Chicago and Los Angeles. Kit and Ace is known for its Technical Cashmere, a machine washable, easy to care for cashmere, and its luxury basics.
Founded by Shannon and JJ Wilson, the two set out to completely reimagine your average t-shirt. All too often, JJ was throwing away money on "good" t-shirts only to find them wearing over time and spending more time at the dry cleaner than living his life. With the help of Shannon, they created this technical fabric that can be worn by those with an active lifestyle and always on the go -- because the fabric is easy to care for and attention was paid to how the fabric moves throughout the day. And while the company is corporately owned, they're set apart by being more than "just clothes" and have an invested interest in the communities where they set up shop. Each shop has its own identity and celebrates the creative community within the city, by tapping local artists and craftsmen to contribute to key elements of the space. In the Central West End, local artist Nick Adams created custom copper light fixtures to brighten the space and on the rotating gallery wall, St. Louis based artist, Peter Manion has a large scale painting on display, bringing a vibrant and eclectic energy to the minimalist shop.
This last week, Kit and Ace celebrated Peter's work with a reception for "The Wall" with drinks and fare from fellow CWE neighbor Brennan's and conversation. Manion had various other small scale works on display and for sale. While the backdrop was a retail space, the atmosphere was more like a gallery opening, and that's the vibe that Kit and Ace strives for in each one the shops -- to be an incubator for community and conversation, and to be something bigger than retail. Kit and Ace wants to be a part of the local community by inspiring conversation about each city they are in and to support the makers and the doers who are, every day, striving to make their cities even better.
Kit and Ace is more than just super soft, super luxurious basics -- Kit and Ace is inspiring a community and a lifestyle. Read More