Canadian technical cashmere experts Kit and Ace continue their pursuit for Australian domination with a new store opening in the heart of Sydney in Martin Place, which will be the brand’s first international tailor shop in the country.
The 360 square metre retail space will offer more of the same classic tailoring and technical details Kit and Ace have become known for, but will feature a Technical Atelier, a workshop for up-and-coming local designers. Part tailor shop, part design lab, the Technical Atelier is a hub of innovation where Designers in Residence capture fresh trends and local input to create new styles.
“We engage local design schools to handpick designers that work in residence for a 10-month period,” explained Shannon Wilson, Co-founder and President at Kit and Ace. “The Technical Atelier is an incredible learning opportunity for up-and-coming designers – we encourage them to take existing product and create regionally inspired designs, elements of which often get integrated into our product line.”
Over the past year and a half Kit and Ace has adopted various design elements and feedback from Designers in Residence throughout North America, and will be introducing its first two fully adopted styles for Summer 2016. “Kit and Ace has quality and fabrication at the front and centre of its design philosophy and this unique opportunity is exciting for our graduates as they grow professionally,” said Connie Hart, Manager of Industry Liaison and Business Development at the Whitehouse Institute of Design, Australia.
Kit and Ace, 5 Martin Place will open on Thursday 21st of April.