Kit and Ace, Vancouver-based purveyors of “technical” cashmere, opened its first Dallas location in Knox Henderson a couple weeks ago. Curious about the idea of machine-washable cashmere, I stopped by the welcome-to-the-neighborhood party to check out the wares.
Kit and Ace, founded by stepmother-and-son duo Shannon and JJ Wilson (wife and son of lululemon founder Chip Wilson), offers well-made cashmere basics—t-shirts, tank tops, shorts and skirts—for men and women who prefer not to sacrifice style for comfort. It’s pricey ($78 for a women’s v-neck), but at least you can skip the dry cleaner.
Kit and Ace’s white brick walls are not just lined with clothing. The store provides a creative experience personalized with a Dallas touch. Local photographer Kyle Steed and artist Chris Bingham’s works hang between racks, and Dallas home décor designer Wayne Works provided the geometric lamps swinging from the wood-paneled ceiling. The square table in the center of the shop (a staple piece found in every Kit and Ace) is designed to facilitate conversation, a fundamental objective for the brand’s founders.
“Kit and Ace is redefining the traditional retail landscape with each new shop. Anyone can display clothes in a shop, but it is not as common to offer a distinctive experience that captures the entire brand so well,” Wilson says.
Right now, popular pieces like the Sullivan mini-dress for women and Stanley shorts for men are in stock. 1802 McMillan Avenue in the Knox Henderson neighborhood.
By D Magazine Editorial Intern Brooke Nelson