Canadian brand Kit and Ace, best known for its jersey tops and dresses in luxe fabrics, has just opened a pop-up shop in Tokyo’s Nakameguro district as part of its Japan push.
The store will be open through March 6, 2016, and the brand plans an aggressive expansion in Japan after that, with permanent store openings slated to begin in the spring.
The pop-up shop features many design elements that are Kit and Ace signatures, including a square table that is used for the brand’s weekly “supper club” events and also doubles as a workspace for creatives every Wednesday. A neon sign emblazoned with the words “time is precious” hangs above the cash register, and pieces by local ironworker artist Minori Imai add a whimsical touch. The space is finished off with copper fixtures and accents.
Both men’s and women’s styles are stocked at the store, with a focus on Kit and Ace’s signature “technical cashmere” soft jersey tops and dresses. T-shirts start at 9,800 yen, or about $82 at average exchange, men’s jogger pants in an elegant suiting fabric go for 24,800 yen, or $207, and soft, fringed cashmere blankets that double as shawls start at 45,800 yen, or $382.
The Vancouver-based apparel company cofounded by Shannon and JJ Wilson, the wife and son of Lululemon Athletica founder Chip Wilson, said earlier this year that it would open 30 to 50 stores worldwide by the end of 2015, including locations in London, Sydney, Melbourne and Japan.