The undeniable appeal of machine-washable cashmere // The Referral

Kit and Ace
Two thumbs up for Kit and Ace

By Precedent

On Wednesday December 2nd, 2015

Vanessa Park-Thompson

Recommended by: Vanessa Park-Thompson, Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP 



Making the case: “Courtrooms and offices can be freezing cold in the winter (or any time of year really), so warm, comfortable outfits are a must,” says Vanessa Park-Thompson. “Kit and Ace makes cashmere tops and sweaters that are courtroomappropriate and, incredibly, machinewashable. Not having to worry about the hassle of dry-cleaning? Key.”

The backstory: Kit and Ace is a new Canadian co-ed clothier founded by Shannon Wilson and her stepson JJ (the wife and the son of Chip Wilson, the guy who started Lululemon). Their signature material is called “technical cashmere” — a pre-shrunk blend of Mongolian cashmere, cotton, elastene and nylon that, when combined, can survive the washing machine.

Where to find it: The flagship store in Yorkville at 102 Bloor Street West, the tiny shop at 779 Queen Street West or online at

How much you’ll pay: $168 for the Sullivan dress, pictured above. Cashmere sweaters for men and women start at $118.

Winter-2015-cover-smallThis story is from our Winter 2015 issue.