Downtown Los Angeles, California

Last night’s opening party was really something. 

Thanks to all of you who met us in the theatre to dance, perform, celebrate, and toast to Alex with the Ace family. Spirits are high and we couldn’t have asked for a better evening to set us sailing with our newest old vessel, Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles and the historic United Artists Theatre.

Photos by Brad Elterman


Downtown Los Angeles, California

We spent the morning with Kristen Shaw and Joseph Mandelbaum of Cabin 207, a rare book store and hair salon in Downtown LA. Kristen opened a cozy three chair salon here in the summer of 2013, met Mandelbaum soon after, and the rest is history. In spirit, Cabin is like the original salons. The haircuts lead to talking, the books lead to ideas and the mixture is what makes sense.

Kristen began her career almost a decade ago in NYC at the Chelsea Hotel’s Suite 303. She’d leave work in the evening and bring scissors with her everywhere, telling people what she wanted to do with their hair and cutting it on the spot. Over the years she spent working in editorial and advertising with Jed Root Agency and doing housecalls between NYC and LA, she built up a loyal clientele. She’s been in LA for five years now and continues to do the same, but now you can come to her “home.” 

She met rare book dealer Joseph in NYC, where he was selling books out of his apartment to a dedicated clientele. It didn’t take long for them to hit on the idea on the idea of combining forces, and after building the bookstore together, he relocated with his wife to Los Angeles.
He’s now Cabin’s Creative Director, curating the killer rare book selection and organizing cultural events. Joseph’s approach to book selection is simple: ”If I just couldn’t live without it, I buy it.” Right now the shelves are stocked with about 300 rare books, can’t-live-without art books, and new magazines including, Marfa Journal and Viviane Sassen’s “Die Son Sien Alles.” Every book is displayed face out museum style, that the rule.

Joseph and Kristen love being in downtown LA, and we’re pretty excited to be sharing the neighborhood with them. They’ll be hosting lectures, readings, cultural events, and book launches each month beginning with Graham Walzer in February. To book in the salon call 213.687.7420

Photos by Jessica Comingore


What is now reason was formerly impulse or instinct. -Ovid
For the rest of today, there are affordable flights from all over to Los Angeles and to New York. 

What is now reason was formerly impulse or instinct. -Ovid

For the rest of today, there are affordable flights from all over to Los Angeles and to New York. 


The lunatics have finally taken over the asylum. Today we welcomed the first guests into our new tower on Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles.
Spirits are running high and for the next week we’re offering reservations in our Medium rooms for $199 a night through the rest of the year.
We hope to see you soon.

The lunatics have finally taken over the asylum. Today we welcomed the first guests into our new tower on Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles.

Spirits are running high and for the next week we’re offering reservations in our Medium rooms for $199 a night through the rest of the year.

We hope to see you soon.


Opening Eve.
Photo by Katlyn Sarnosky.

Opening Eve.

Photo by Katlyn Sarnosky.


Downtown Los Angeles

The secrets behind three food + wine pairings at Alma this week. Ari Taymor and Ashleigh Parsons' latest tasting menu is nothing short of a masterwork. 


French photographer Alain Laboile presents "La Famille," his first U.S. exhibition through January 4 at the dnj gallery in Santa Monica.

French photographer Alain Laboile presents "La Famille," his first U.S. exhibition through January 4 at the dnj gallery in Santa Monica.


Congratulations Acne Studios!
The oh so talented Swedes have opened their newest store across the street in the majestic Art Deco Eastern Columbia Building.  

Congratulations Acne Studios!

The oh so talented Swedes have opened their newest store across the street in the majestic Art Deco Eastern Columbia Building.  


MOCA is just up the street from us in downtown LA.  
Bruce Nauman, MOCA LA Permanent Collection

MOCA is just up the street from us in downtown LA.  

Bruce Nauman, MOCA LA Permanent Collection


The Heads of State are a pack of three art-savvy wolves illustrating and designing their asses off in Philadelphia. Their poetic use of iconography, touch of colorblindness, love of facial hair and wholesome humor lands them clients as gargantuan as Nike and as petite as Wondermade Marshmallows in Orlando, Florida. Dusty, Jason and Woody will be talking October 21 at RE:DESIGN/Inspire in LA about how they stay inspired during what can be a rigorous creative process for a small team. The conference is a chance to peer into the creative worlds of nearly two dozen thinkers, makers and shakers including Noreen Morioka, former president of AIGA Los Angeles, and Jeff Castelaz, president of Elektra Records — get in on it.

The Heads of State are a pack of three art-savvy wolves illustrating and designing their asses off in Philadelphia. Their poetic use of iconography, touch of colorblindness, love of facial hair and wholesome humor lands them clients as gargantuan as Nike and as petite as Wondermade Marshmallows in Orlando, Florida. Dusty, Jason and Woody will be talking October 21 at RE:DESIGN/Inspire in LA about how they stay inspired during what can be a rigorous creative process for a small team. The conference is a chance to peer into the creative worlds of nearly two dozen thinkers, makers and shakers including Noreen Morioka, former president of AIGA Los Angeles, and Jeff Castelaz, president of Elektra Records — get in on it.


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