Simon and Lukas. The Haas Brothers. These true LA darlings and dear, new friends evidently didn’t get enough of us while outfitting LA Chapter and our mezzanine bar with smart pencil drawings of deeply-plumbed references to LA’s social history. Here’s some evidence of their enduring and inspirational presence. If you see them, say hello.
With a nod to his Los Angeles-inspired Sky Backdrop series, indigenous artist Alex Israel outrigged our building-adjacent billboard with something that mimes the magic-hour cityscape and gilds our hearth. Central to the piece is an inset of the logo for the LA Dance Project, an intimate working partner of Israel’s. The LA Dance Project bring their magic to the Theater at Ace Hotel with shows on the 20, 21 and 22 of this month.
Photo by Lauren Coleman
Downtown Los Angeles
Kevin Willis is a journeyman. He’s an admirer of the ‘camp’ in antiquity and seems always to extract the eerie, underlying purpose from a thing where others see only pulp. Kevin is also a closely-kept member of our family and a contributor to Ace culture in ways that outmeasure just his physical work for us.
In the lobby at the Theater at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles resides his Cathedral of Our Ladyfingers. She’s something of a sentry at the mouth of the Gothic grandeur that lies just beyond, taking IDs, looking like Mother Superior clipped from the celluloid of a Buñuel film. Her making was entirely in the clay-caked hands and mind of Kevin, but the inspiration was divine.
Downtown Los Angeles
Portland-based Tanner Goods officially opened their second flagship store Saturday. After considering many locations for the project they fell in love with Downtown LA’s rich manufacturing history – something that fits well with their own ‘under one roof’ philosophy. Like the original Portland location, the LA store will embody the geography and personality that surrounds it, reflecting elements of art deco architecture, mid-century modernity and the SoCal sunshine. Their new women’s collection also debuts this year.
Congrats TG friends! And welcome to the neighborhood, the water’s nice.
Photo of the Ninth and Broadway building and a piece by AK Vintage commissioned for the LA shop.