Sporty chic brand Kit and Ace is here to stay. After a short stint in Beacon Hill, this luxury fitness apparel brand decided to stay for good. They have moved their pop-up shop from Charles Street to the heart of the Back Bay and have opened a gorgeous brick and mortar on the busiest shopping street in Boston, Newbury Street.
The simple pieces are designed in neutral tones for both men and women in fabrics that combine technical attributes with luxury fibers. The high-end clothing label, unlike most labels, started with a fabric point-of-view rather than a design point-of-view – a cashmere, nylon and elastane blend that founders JJ Wilson and his stepmother, a former head designer at Lululemon, spent a year developing with Asian suppliers.
“We wanted to create and find a way that clothing could be an accompaniment to a progressive lifestyle, in a way that values people’s time,”
Not only can you shop the store while sipping on sparkling water but they have a technical atelier in-house and ready for any alterations needed. In-shop designers, usually young and fresh out of school or new to the industry, also work in-house to take feedback from customers in the shop, sew up samples, or take some direction from designers at the head office. But they’re given full rein to let their creative juices flow.
My favorite pieces included a heathered charcoal grey blazer with rose gold zippers (pictured above), an exposed seam long sleeve and the “long haul” cardigan.
– Stilista Steph