The New Kit on the Block

To say that Vancouver-based apparel brand Kit and Ace has made an impact in the U.S. is a huge understatement. With the recent opening of its Venice store, the company has set its sights on rounding out 2015 with a total of 50 new store openings and a lofty 30 more planned for 2016.

What’s more impressive is Kit and Ace’s commitment to hiring locally-based designers who make each store a living, breathing, proverbial work of art. It’s not enough to just slap some local art on the walls—the brand has started an initiative in each city, working with designers and artists or who it likes to call “hyper-local partners.” For its Venice shop, Kit and Ace commissioned work by burgeoning artist Allison Kunath, who painted three original pieces. Lighting design was also led by L.A.-based Neptune Glassworks, whose Quadrature Wave Chandelier hangs as the main focal point for the shop.

If the art alone doesn’t draw you in, the clothes certainly will. Founded by Shannon Wilson, the former lead designer for Lululemon, and her stepson JJ Wilson, Kit and Ace uses its patented Technical Cashmere™ as the foundation on which all its clothes are made. Not only is it soft-to-the-touch, but you can literally throw (or nicely place) it in the washer and dryer. The fall line includes basics from sleeveless turtlenecks for her, to lightweight V-neck Technical Cashmere™ for him—both perfect for this indecisive Los Angeles weather.

Shop my picks below, and don’t forget to stop by the Venice shop and stay awhile.

1130 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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For Kit

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Prevost Sleeveless, $78

Abington Skirt, $118

Meadow Dress, $188

Keton Wrap, $398

Bartlett Trouser, $198

Court Tee, $78

For Ace

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Mayne Tee, $88

Hudson Bomber, $378

Orpheum Trouser, $198

V Tee, $88

Blaine Henley, $128

Bidwell Pant, $158

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