After the successes of its Bondi and Surry Hills stores, Canadian clothing label Kit and Ace has opened a flagship store at the former Commonwealth Bank Building at 5 Martin Place. The store joins fellow import Cos and Hills Bros., the coffee cart and soon-to-open offshoot cafe of Reuben Hills, in the recently renovated space.

As well as cashmere-blend basics in shades of camel, navy, olive, black and grey, and the label’s new swimwear range, the Martin Place store will host Technical Atelier, a 10-week residency program for local designers.

The first of these designers are Cassandra Morgan and Erica Villafuertre, recent graduates from the Whitehouse Institute of Design and FBI Fashion College, respectively.

The designers will provide in-house customisation, monogramming and complimentary tailoring for shoppers, and design new items for Kit and Ace. They will also get to play around with the label’s patented “technical luxury” blend of cashmere. It is machine washable and durable, but still has the feel of cashmere.

“The technical fabrics are beautiful and they have been designed extremely well,” says Morgan. “Working with these fabrics is just so easy and enjoyable.”

For Morgan, the most exciting part of the residency isn’t the clothes themselves, but the rare chance to talk to customers, receiving feedback and seeing what they want. “I want to involve them in the design process,” she says.

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“In Sydney, locals like their pieces to be effortless and classic. They want pieces they know can easily integrate into their current wardrobe. Simplicity is key.”

During their residency, Morgan and Villafuerte will submit designs for consideration in future Kit and Ace lines. Each Kit and Ace store is designed to reflect the local arts community. Clark Bardsley from furniture brand Ollo Group designed one of Martin Place’s main features – the large table that will host the brand’s “supper club” dinners.

Kit and Ace
4/5 Martin Place, Sydney

Mon to Wed 9.30am–6.30pm
Thu 9.30am–9pm
Fri & Sat 9.30am–6.30pm
Sun 10am–6pm