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Levi’s Store Closing Jan. 26th, Space becoming a Kit and Ace “men’s and women’s technical cashmere attire”

by Prince Of Petworth January 15, 2016 at 3:10 pm 12 Comments

3263 M Street, NW

And the whole store is 60% off I got some sweet deals yesterday when I was following up on the Five Guys closing. So if you see someone clad head to toe in denim taking photos around town… An employee at the store told me their last day will be the 26th.

From a press release:

“Cutting-edge fashion is coming to Georgetown. EastBanc, Inc. and Jamestown LP announced that Kit & Ace, the innovative clothier of men’s and women’s technical cashmere attire, signed a 10-year lease to occupy the 6,500-square-foot retail space at 3263 M Street, NW. Located in the Levi’s Store retail space, this will be Kit & Ace’s third DC-area location with plans to occupy the Georgetown site in first quarter 2016 with a grand opening slated for this summer. Jennifer Price of KLNB Retail represented Kit & Ace in the deal.

With the mantra “feel as good as you look, coffee time to closing time,” Kit & Ace is the purveyor of functional and fashionable technical cashmere clothing geared for active lifestyles with fabrics that are the best of both worlds; comfortable and practical, stylish and luxurious.
Committed to producing clothing that is durable yet sophisticated, store founders Shannon Wilson and JJ Wilson, were inspired by the practicality and wearability of Lululemon Athletica products (JJ Wilson’s father, Chip Wilson, is the founder of the renowned yoga clothing company Lululemon and Shannon is Chip’s wife). Kit and Ace creates stylish clothing with the all of the wearers’ everyday needs in mind. The brand’s mission is to provide people with apparel that allows them to do their most important tasks throughout the day; its trademarked “technical cashmere” design incorporates easy care, and chic cozy trends into one thoughtfully crafted product.

“We are pleased that exciting new brands such as Kit & Ace continue to seek out Georgetown as a prime retail location,” said Philippe Lanier, vice president of EastBanc. “The brand adds to the fabric of the retail district, embracing a trend that appeals to an active customer who desires a combination of cutting fashion, comfort and function. We believe this brand will appeal to the diverse demographic of Washington. We are delighted to have Kit and Ace join the Georgetown Renaissance portfolio, and the revolutionary brand will fit perfectly into this upscale DC shopping district.”

The Kit & Ace retail space is a prime commercial property located in the heart of Georgetown and will add a trailblazing fashion aspect to the distinguished designer brands already located in the historic M Street corridor and round out the retail quarter as DC’s epicenter of modern fashion, furniture and lifestyle goods. The Kit & Ace lease agreement is part of the wave of leasing activity in the EastBanc/Jamestown Georgetown Renaissance portfolio, including recent deals with luxury fashion retailers Rent the Runway, Calypso St. Barth, Intermix, Bonobos and popular home goods brands Calligaris, and Circa Lighting.

The EastBanc and Jamestown Georgetown Renaissance portfolio is a unique collection of high-end retail properties in one of Washington, DC’s premier retail locations. The portfolio also includes boutique office space and 16 luxury rental apartments. Georgetown Renaissance consists of more than 300,000 square feet across 17 properties in Georgetown and one property in Alexandria, Virginia, and it includes the area commonly referred to as Cady’s Alley. The two companies are working on an additional 30,000 square feet of new leases within the portfolio.”

  • Brian Schmierer

    Prediction: Fall 2016 – Kit & Ace going out of business. What the hell is technical cashmere???

  • Krissy

    Technical cashmere- just in time for summer!

  • stevee84

    Technical cashmere is essentially polyester with a tiny amount of cashmere woven into it so they can charge a lot of money for it.

  • pcat

    Technical cashmere is cotton brushed to make it feel like cashmere. Ask the sales staff. They have no idea what it is and swear that it really is cashmere — which it isn’t.

  • LedroitTigah

    does ‘technical’ mean ‘technically but not quite?’ I like some of their stuff, but way way way overpriced, methinks (and Im an as*hole single person that is willing to shell out a lot of cash for good sh*t)

  • Avenging Angel

    I almost read it as “tactical” cashmere.

    Thanks for the Archer video!

  • PDinDC

    Just what I need to go with my technical leather jacket!

  • jd

    Levis 60% off! Canadian Tuxedos for everybody!

  • DF

    Technical wool is a thing. Look it up. As much as I will never visit this store, the benefits of combining wool with poly for running clothes are legit. Brands like Smartwool have done it for a while and others are starting to make their own (Patagonia, Icebreaker etc.).

    • Rich

      At a friend’s suggestion I got a Smartwool shirt a few years ago. It really didn’t live up–not that breathable/regulating. I do have a regular Patagonia cashmere sweater which I like–bought at the end of a warm winter greatly marked down.

    • James W.

      Except that Smartwool’s stuff is predominantly wool with some synthetic components for durability and retaining shape. Kit & Ace’s $98 t-shirt is 86% cotton and 10% cashmere. As most outdoorsy folks know, cotton absorbs several times its own weight in water, making it a terrible fabric for wicking and breathability. The point of 10% cashmere is lost on me.


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