Kit and Ace (Queen St.)
Kit & Ace has taken up residence in the heart of Queen St. It has converted the space that once housed Bikes on Wheels into an oasis of basic clothing staples. The brand is the fashionable brainchild of Vancouver mother-stepson duo, Shannon and JJ Wilson (the wife and son of Lululemon founder Chip Wilson ), and boasts stylish and practical pieces for both men and women.
Despite the small size of the store, it actually seems quite large. The decorators have really made ample use of this space. Entering the store, the first thing I saw was a copper cruiser bicycle with a wicker side basket and fresh cut flowers displayed on the center table. The staff described it as "very Instagrammable" and they are not wrong.
The interior of the store is minimalist and chic with pseudo-rustic wooden floors and the clothes hung pristinely around the perimeter. This is a welcome feature as I am used to the chaotic disorganization of Zara and H&M, which look like warzones by comparison.
The price point is a far cry from Forever21, with plain tank tops going for $68. However, what it lacks in affordability it makes up for in quality. Each piece is made of machine washable cashmere and feels indescribably soft.
If you are interested in investing in some basic staple pieces, I highly recommend the store.
Writing by Alice Prendergast. Photo by Hector Vasquez.