Kit and Ace is a fast-growing Canadian brand created by the wife and son of outspoken lululemon founder Chip Wilson. They specialize in luxury basics—what they like to describe as the clothes to wear after the gym, when you want to clean up, but still be comfortable. Many of the pieces—with prices climbing into the $200+ range, are made of their proprietary technical cashmere, which is machine washable. From a showroom in the North Loop and a focus on building community (see my conversation with JJ Wilson), Kit and Ace has now hit the retail big time with a much more mainstream Mall of America store (first floor, south side, near Burberry and Kate Spade). But they’ve managed to infuse it with their own culture…and plenty of copper touches.
Five things worth checking out.
1. The Mulberry Pant (pictured above). It’s a game changer. Soft material makes it cozy enough for travel. A high waist creates a flattering line. And the slim fit and finished details, like rear pockets, make these pants dressy enough to wear to work. You will live in them…if you can find your size. The only negative is they come in a very limited range, sizes 2 to 10. $148.
Tip: Can’t find your fit? Try the men’s pants! Several of the female sales associates are doing it—bunching them at the ankle, wearing them slightly slouchy, and they look great!
2. The Wave Tee (pictured above). So far, I’m not a big fan of Kit and Ace tops—at least on me, they cling in the wrong places. The wave tee might be the one exception. The asymmetrical cut allows it to flow a bit through the body and gather at the waist, so you can wear it out, without it hanging. $88.
3. The Bartlett Trouser. I’m a sucker for cool hardware, and these pants have some really original touches: copper zippers at the waist and ankle that don’t only look cool, they allow for shape-shifting. The only word of warning: the crotch has a bit of a drop effect, so be prepared for extra material. Your eye will adjust. $198.
4. The Olivia Wrap. What I like about this piece is it looks chic enough for a dinner party, but it’s made of soft french terry. And yet, tt’s structured enough so that you put it on and boom, you’re done. Not cheap, but it could work well over so many things. $268
5. The Furniture. There’s a big table in the middle of the store that customers are encouraged to use—check your email, have a snack, hang with friends. Seriously. The table, a powder-coated steel with copper detailing, was specially made for this store by local company Constructed Matter. The copper pendants that dot the ceiling come from another homegrown company, Tandem Made. And be sure to note the art throughout the store, also celebrating local talent.