Content LAB kicked off the New Year with rave excitement as a notably style-conscious crowd filtered into Kit and Ace in Santana Row for an evening of “Sushi & Style.”
DJ Thomas Ramon Aguilar, musicologist and owner of Universal Grammar, set the mood for the night, spinning an upbeat set. Meanwhile, luxury fashion retailer Kit and Ace invited Content LAB guests to gather around their supper table, where they host quarterly community dinners. Guests enjoyed gyoza bites, wine, Sapporo beer, and sake as they donned aprons in anticipation of a culinary lesson.
Chef Michi greeted the crowd and made a toast (kampai!) before leading a demonstration for crafting the perfect sushi hand roll. The tables were set with fresh veggies, seafood, rice, and seaweed for guests to customize their hand rolls with the aid of Michi’s skilled catering team.
Fashion industry insider Suzanne Garcia-McAtee shed light on her role as the former general merchandise manager of Bebe and regional merchandise manager of Nordstrom. The crowd learned about the process of conceptualizing trends months in advance and seeing them to a finished product. An enticing Q&A followed as Suzanne answered questions concerning wardrobe staples, fashion faux-pas, and advice for breaking into the industry.
Stylist Justin Weatherford took the floor to share more about the versatile products and community of Kit and Ace. By highlighting the local talent of designers, artists, and tastemakers, Kit and Ace’s retail space mirrors the innovative ethos of the brand’s wearable luxury fabrics.
Guests were then treated to a raffle drawing presented by fashion bloggers Monica Cruz-Hernandez of Living in Vogue and Grace Jeramie of My Style and Grace. Winners went home with copies of Matt Goulding’s Japanese foodie memoir, Rice, Noodle, Fish; 18k gold-plated jewelry by Isharya; and a hand-picked Kit and Ace shirt. The two bloggers also curated a selection of covetable pieces around the store. The evening continued with music, mingling, and many guests sporting traditional kimonos provided by Chef Michi and his team. “Sushi & Style” proved to be a valuable example of good taste in the company of creative individuals.
A big thank you to our event partners: Knight Foundation, Kit and Ace, Michi Catering, Thomas Ramon Aguilar of Universal Grammar, Suzanne Garcia-McAtee, Monica Cruz-Hernandez of Living in Vogue, Grace Jeramie of My Style and Grace, Liquid Bread, Isharya, Mach 7 Sound, and ANML.
Stay tuned for more information on the next Content LAB:
March 19, 2016
Written by Jessica Owens
Photography by Stan Olszewski