Dining with Kit and Ace

We love meeting brands with values that mirror our own. We especially love meeting brands who can teach us something new or make us think about things in a slightly different way.

Kit and Ace are one of those brands. We recently had the pleasure of helping fit out their brand new Shoreditch store.

The table and benches, designed and made by the Sebastian Cox workshop, seen here in the Kit and Ace store on Redchurch street, London.

The table and benches, designed and made by the Sebastian Cox workshop, seen here in the Kit and Ace store on Redchurch street, London.

You may have heard of them already but in short, Kit and Ace are a Canadian brand selling technical cashmere from stores across the world. As well using their retail space to sell apparel, they host interesting dinners. They invite their local creative community into their stores for food and meaningful conversation around a 10ft x 10ft table.

We had the pleasure of designing and making this table, benches and chairs and then attending one such dinner.

Small talk is banned. Questions like, 'what do you do for a living?' and 'where are you from?' are replaced with ‘what’s the most difficult part of your work?', ‘what does your perfect day look like?’ from a pack of cards called, 'Real Talk' cards. People get to know one another by following alternative but potentially fascinating conversation starters.

You can see the table and benches we produced for Kit and Ace in store now. Beneath the large, square table top, the frame is held together with fine English elm butterflies. Although you can't see them we think it brings the piece structural and design integrity.

Create your own Real Talk conversations and enjoy different discussions around the meal table. We've made a set and our lunchtimes in the workshop have been revealing to say the least. We all know what George would spend 1 million pounds on now. (Lots of fine machinery, in case you’re wondering).

Brogan Cox