Vancouver company Kit and Ace has been named one of the most innovative companies in the world by New York-based tech and business magazine Fast Company.
The clothing retailer ranked number 25 on the magazine’s 50 Most Innovative Companies for 2016 list alongside other big names like Netflix, Uber, Facebook, and BuzzFeed. Kit and Ace was launched in 2014 by Shannon and JJ Wilson, lululemon founder Chip Wilson’s wife and step son.
“When we launched 18 months ago we had big plans and set out audacious goals,” says JJ Wilson in a statement. “And today, we made one of those goals come true. This is a major achievement for Kit and Ace – we take pride in being an innovative company and we’re honoured to be recognized amongst some of the greatest companies in the world.”
The company is most known for producing clothes with what they call “technical cashmere” and now has 60 stores around the world, including Japan, Australia, the United States, and the U.K.
“My background is in fabric development and design – it’s what I’m passionate about. My focus with Kit and Ace was to build technical, functional streetwear working with some of my favourite fibres, like silk and cashmere,” says Shannon Wilson in a release. “We’re introducing Technical Silk this spring, and will continue to push ourselves to create proprietary fabrics that value people’s time and that function to keep up with a full-contact lifestyle.”
Vancouver-based company Slack managed to make the list as well, rolling in at number 26 “for becoming the creative home of our work lives.”
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