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How many times have you accidentally thrown that dry-clean only or hand-wash sweater in the hamper to discover it fresh out of the dryer, a quarter of its original size? And then you think to yourself, “This is why I can’t have nice things.” Well, good news! You CAN own nice things — and wash them! Vancouver-based apparel company Kit and Ace have introduced technical cashmere, a luxury knit that can actually be machine washed.

If you’ve ever owned a cashmere or a cashmere-blend sweater, you’ll know how soft the fabric is. But you’ll also know that the sweater stretches and loses its shape over time, too. You may find elbows become baggier and the overall shape becomes a lot slouchier the more you wear it. Kit and Ace creators Shannon and JJ Wilson have changed that with their new qemir fabric, a mix of viscose, elastane and cashmere that won’t shrink, stretch or lose its shape over time.

Why We Love It

First of all, luxurious, good looking clothes that can actually be washed in the machine are few and far between. And, these days, clothes not made of polyester — even from designer brands — are hard to find. So a luxurious fabric blend that can be washed is exciting.

What the brand promises is even more exciting. Shannon and JJ Wilson promise that their fabric will not only feel and look as gorgeous as cashmere, but it will stretch and drape beautifully and look good in motion. Looking good while walking, twisting and reaching is one of Kit and Ace’s key elements — and this comes as no surprise when you discover that Shannon was the head designer at Lululemon and JJ is her son. The Wilsons know a thing or two about creating clothing for active people on the move.

Kit and Ace is available online but can also be purchased in stores in Canada and the US, with studios in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, Saskatoon, New York and San Fransisco. Basic T-shirts and tanks cost between $68 and $98, while pants, sweaters and long, luxe, reversible blanket wraps cost between $100 and $488.

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Above, from left to right: Kit and Ace Tomboy Tee in Ecru/Heather Grey, $78; Blanket Wrap in Camel/Ecru, $488; Ecru Crew Neck, $278 at Kit and Ace