Monday, April 25, 2016

Kit and Ace Closes "Pop-Up" Ponce City Market Location Ahead of Buckhead Opening

A typical Kit and Ace retail store 
Kit and Ace has closed its temporary Ponce City Market location. 

The "Pop-Up" location of Canadian "Technical Luxury™" retailer Kit and Ace has closed at Ponce City Market in midtown.  The 1,400 square foot store which opened this past November, closed yesterday April 24th. The chain's upcoming location at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta will serve as the retailer's primary outpost in Atlanta. 

According to a contact at the retailer's corporate headquarters,   "Kit and Ace beta-tested various locations in 2015, opening pop-ups, seasonal and temporary shops, and experiential brand spaces around the globe to collect valuable feedback from customers. The Ponce City Market location was pop-up and was always intended to be a temporary location." 

Shannon Wilson, wife of lululemon athletica founder Chip Wilson, launched Kit and Ace in early 2014 with their son J.J. Wilson.  The Wilsons describe the brand as "athleisure," a blend of athletic and leisure wear.  

Current offerings for men include an "Everyday Crew" (86% cotton, 10% cashmere, 4% spandex) priced at $98.  Women's offerings include the "Long and Lean Dress" (85% viscose, 9% cashmere, 6% elastane) priced at $148. 
A model wears the "Everyday Crew" 
The new 2,258 square foot Kit and Ace on Buckhead Avenue at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta is scheduled to open May 5th. (The opening has been delayed from an originally planned March opening.) According to my source, the space will not feature a Technical Atelier as previously stated.

According to another well placed source, the Buckhead shop will feature the work of several local artisans. Joshua Charles, (no, not the same Joshua Charles who portrayed Will Gardner on the hit CBS drama The Good Wife) and his new business Little Artefacts worked with the retailer to create unique "Feature Lights" for the store.  Charles's other enterprise, Flags of Origin, has worked on the art and design of such establishments as Bocado Burger in Alpharetta and Ladybird Groove & and Mess Hall in Inman Park near the BeltLine.

Skylar Morgan Furniture + Design, another local business, created a Supper Club table for the store.  Morgan's previous work includes contributions to Karoo, The Mercury, Williams-Sonoma, Spiller Park Coffee and Bellina, all at Ponce City Market, among others.  

Artwork by Kiki Slaughter titled ‘The Line Series’ will be featured on The Wall – Kit and Ace’s in-shop gallery space.

The store will  also feature original photography by Texas-born, now Atlanta-based photographer, Mary Caroline Russell.  

Have you ever been to a Kit and Ace store? Are you excited for the opening of Kit and Ace in Buckhead? What is most you will may for a t-shirt, regardless of brand or fiber content? 

Please share your thoughts below.  


Ham said...

If I buy a $98 t-shirt it will probably be from Neimans not some no-name pop up place.

Coolio said...

I stick to t-shirts that are $15 or less.