I didn’t mention it, but I was invited to attend Kit & Ace’s first “supper club” in their relatively new Dallas store a couple weeks ago. They do these pretty regularly at their stores around the world and each store invites a small number of influencers and creatives from around the community to eat a little, drink a little, and get to know each other and what we are doing.
I was beyond thrilled and honored to have been invited (there were 11 of us total), and had such a wonderful time; I met people I wouldn’t have met otherwise, but am excited about learning more from them. Honestly, I was nervous, as I always am before social events, but there was no way I was saying no, no matter how often my inner Negative-Nancy told me I’d be the oldest one there, that no one would understand what I do, and really, what can come of it?
Well, I was the oldest person there, but no one noticed. And I proudly discussed what I do; my efforts to encourage people to think more about sustainability and longevity when they shop, which was received very well. I also met very interesting people and companies who I am looking forward to following up with and introducing to you. Take that Nancy.
Even more than that though, I came away an even bigger devotee of Kit & Ace. Already, I appreciated the brand for what they’re doing in innovative material (“technical cashmere”) that is meant to last longer and be easy to care for. And of course, I love the “athleisure” aesthetic and attention to detail that is part of the brand’s DNA. As I really examine my lifestyle, it’s more important to me than ever to wear things that move with me, with plenty of pockets, and that are easy to care for. All of that is true with every Kit & Ace piece.
As a whole, the brand is acutely focused on integrity, which I value most of all:
doing what you say you will do,
when you say you will do it.
doing what you know to be truthful.
doing what you know will make a difference.
taking a stand for what you believe in.
We value integrity – in people and in product.
INTEGRITY IS NOT PERFECTION.
WE KNOW WE ARE NOT PERFECT.
That last part really tugs at my gut, and echoes what I hope I say here often enough; that there is no such thing as perfect – all we can do is our best, with integrity.
Anyway, they never try to sell when you walk in the store, and the supper club was absolutely not about selling the brand, it was about bringing creatives together and seeing what would happen. And I didn’t shop during the event, but I did try these pants on before the dinner, then went back last week and bought them.
I recommend the Mulberry pant HIGHLY. As highly as possible, actually, but I will say that Kit & Ace sizing can be confusing. I’m wearing an 8 in these, which I guess is my “normal” size (I wear 29 in denim), but with tops my size is all over the place there. These pants are phenomenal. I am really tired of pants (Ahem, James Perse) that stretch out so much with wear that I have to wash them more frequently, or just end up wearing them around the house, so I was looking for some pants with stretch, and pockets, and a high-rise, that I wouldn’t be nervous about wearing to the dog park, or out with my husband, and that would last a while.
The higher rise on these is my favorite thing, because it really makes them stand out from a regular pair of pants, and I just need high-rise lately. I prefer the look with a t-shirt tucked in, but I’ve worn one out as well, tucked just looks better on me, so you can see my waist. They’re ridiculously comfortable, and have TONS of pockets, including a hidden one in the waistband. They do not stretch, but they do give a little, which means they’re great for traveling, wearing on the plane, or whatever…and still looking good at your destination.
If you have a Kit & Ace nearby, I absolutely recommend visiting your store in person to try things on and get a feel for the brand, but if not, they do offer free shipping and returns, so there’s no risk involved for ordering and trying multiple sizes online.
*I was in no way compensated by Kit & Ace for this post, nor did I receive anything for free except a wonderful evening and enjoyable conversation 😉