Our Swim Club San Jacintos Tank pays homage to our sunward-jutting neighbors just to the East of Ace Hotel & Swim Club — the fair San Jacintos — and to our brightest shining star. Seattle-based Jungmaven makes these from a natural white material composed of 55% hemp and 45% organic cotton. Hemp is an environmentally friendly, sustainable crop that produces more fiber per acre than trees, has naturally anti-microbial properties and goes from seed to harvest in only four months. It’s hard to smoke though — we tried. Recommended use: wearing.

Our Swim Club San Jacintos Tank pays homage to our sunward-jutting neighbors just to the East of Ace Hotel & Swim Club — the fair San Jacintos — and to our brightest shining star. Seattle-based Jungmaven makes these from a natural white material composed of 55% hemp and 45% organic cotton. Hemp is an environmentally friendly, sustainable crop that produces more fiber per acre than trees, has naturally anti-microbial properties and goes from seed to harvest in only four months. It’s hard to smoke though — we tried. Recommended use: wearing.


You can now and forever more be the Reigning Champ of springtime. 

You can now and forever more be the Reigning Champ of springtime. 


INTERVIEW : LINDA GERARD & DJ DAY

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To many, Linda Gerard needs no introduction. She has a cult following of devoted fans who journey to sunny Ace in Palm Springs to catch a glimpse and an earful of this self-described — Older, Wiser Lesbian. She’s everyone’s femme idol, the apple of our eye and one of our favorite human beings. She’s also a ridiculously talented woman with many an industry notch on her belt. That she’s decided to settle down with us in the desert, hosting Sissy Bingo every week and otherwise wowing those in the know as well as virgin ears and eyes, makes us incredibly blessed. Linda’s voice carries the oceanic vibrations of every great Broadway star before her, and she lets it ricochet ‘gainst the walls of King’s Highway when the mood is right. Her penchant for show-stopping eyewear and envy-inducing collection of let-your-light-shine sweaters and blazers leave us swooning.

We recently released a vinyl-only limited edition of Linda’s greatest hits, Fabulous Selections on our shop, and for our mutual dear friend DJ Day — another Palm Spring legend — we also present his first album, Land of 1000 Chances, on the shop. Day and Linda sat down recently to thumb through a bit of Linda’s life story — the stuff of big dreams, massive love, brave independence and a woman from whom we all have a lot to learn — entrusted to a confidante half her age but who’s definitely dancing to a similar drummer.

Find below the first of three chapters — you’ll see more in the weeks to come. And check out Linda’s and Day’s albums on our shop.

Let’s start from the beginning.

I was born in Trenton, New Jersey, in 1938, to a very orthodox Jewish family. Kept kosher, did the whole bit. I was always a performer. I always got up in front of people and sang. So, when I was old enough to get on the train my parents would let me go by myself to study in New York. I studied singing, dancing, acting, elocution and all that stuff. My parents wanted me to go to private school, but I said, “No, no, no. I don’t want to go to private school.”

I went to Trenton High School and I was in all the plays and the musicals and that was fun. Then when it was time to go to college and my parents wanted me to go I said, “I want to be in show business, but I’ll go to college if I can go to New York City.” There was a college in New York City called Finch, and it was on 78th Street between Park and Madison. I knew that if I got in I could sing on the weekends because that’s what I wanted to do. I got into Finch and on weekends I sang at 1 Fifth Avenue. I was always singing. I didn’t get great grades but I didn’t care. My parents cared, but I didn’t care. So the following year I didn’t want to go back. I said to parents, “Let me audition for the American Theatre Wing,” which was a very good school, for musical comedy.

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Our monthly Full Moon Party at Ace Hotel & Swim Club is a homegrown tradition — a come-as-you-are drum circle where rhythmists, dancers and card readers celebrate cyclical powers and jubilate in lunar glow. It’s a chance to connect with the community and the cosmos. The Full Moon Shirt, up now on our shop, is an easy way to signify your down-ness with the lunar tribe wherever you go, or pay your respects to Mama Quilla, Selene or whichever name you know her by.

Our monthly Full Moon Party at Ace Hotel & Swim Club is a homegrown tradition — a come-as-you-are drum circle where rhythmists, dancers and card readers celebrate cyclical powers and jubilate in lunar glow. It’s a chance to connect with the community and the cosmos. The Full Moon Shirt, up now on our shop, is an easy way to signify your down-ness with the lunar tribe wherever you go, or pay your respects to Mama Quilla, Selene or whichever name you know her by.

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Our new Palm Springs Kids’ Pullover Robe is a shout-out to all of our pint-sized people worldwide — who couldn’t use a head start on a lifetime of laid-back loungeability? It’s made from soft cotton flannel, and sports the familiar Ace Palm Springs Moroccan black stripes design with an oversized hood and knotted cord toggles. Sportier than the full-length version, this robe is suitable for playtime or arts and crafts in flannel-ly comfort. Grab it on our online shop, and check out all of our stuff for kids.

Our new Palm Springs Kids’ Pullover Robe is a shout-out to all of our pint-sized people worldwide — who couldn’t use a head start on a lifetime of laid-back loungeability? It’s made from soft cotton flannel, and sports the familiar Ace Palm Springs Moroccan black stripes design with an oversized hood and knotted cord toggles. Sportier than the full-length version, this robe is suitable for playtime or arts and crafts in flannel-ly comfort. Grab it on our online shop, and check out all of our stuff for kids.


Dear mother nature. We really love you — it’s an unabashed, corny kind of love. We are in it for life. And we know that, as a species, we’ve been and continue to be a dense band of jackasses regarding your health. We ask, however, that you might take it a little easy on fair Gotham for a bit. They’ve taken a harsh blow. They walk everywhere and ride the train more than any other city in the nation — they really are trying. For now, we’ve made a poster, postcard and tote bag to help out. 100% of proceeds go to New York Cares to aid them in their Hurricane Sandy relief efforts — because it’s really one borough and we’re all in this together. Tally ho!

Dear mother nature. We really love you — it’s an unabashed, corny kind of love. We are in it for life. And we know that, as a species, we’ve been and continue to be a dense band of jackasses regarding your health. We ask, however, that you might take it a little easy on fair Gotham for a bit. They’ve taken a harsh blow. They walk everywhere and ride the train more than any other city in the nation — they really are trying. For now, we’ve made a poster, postcard and tote bag to help out. 100% of proceeds go to New York Cares to aid them in their Hurricane Sandy relief efforts — because it’s really one borough and we’re all in this together. Tally ho!


This is the Ace Hotel Bandana. You can tie it around your head or make a bindle with it and head off into the yonder. You can even use it to express something in your own personal hanky code, as long as what you want to say is symbolized by navy with white stripes.

This is the Ace Hotel Bandana. You can tie it around your head or make a bindle with it and head off into the yonder. You can even use it to express something in your own personal hanky code, as long as what you want to say is symbolized by navy with white stripes.


We made some custom gift wrapping for the shop using vintage periodicals and ephemera and some hand-screened striped kraft paper — get it free on order over $150 today with code GIFTSHOP and mark it for overnight shipping by 4pm PST to get it by Xmas.

We made some custom gift wrapping for the shop using vintage periodicals and ephemera and some hand-screened striped kraft paper — get it free on order over $150 today with code GIFTSHOP and mark it for overnight shipping by 4pm PST to get it by Xmas.


Now may be a good time to embrace any dormant or robust strains of agoraphobia in you and your loved ones. Hold each other close, and do it in a nice robe. Our Ace Palm Springs Long Robe and Pullover Robe are available for last minute and fashionably late elves looking for a good gift for just about anyone. Order on our shop with overnight delivery by 4pm PST today and it’ll get there in time. In other words, it will hurry up and get there fast so the recipient can lay around in it as soon as possible.

Now may be a good time to embrace any dormant or robust strains of agoraphobia in you and your loved ones. Hold each other close, and do it in a nice robe. Our Ace Palm Springs Long Robe and Pullover Robe are available for last minute and fashionably late elves looking for a good gift for just about anyone. Order on our shop with overnight delivery by 4pm PST today and it’ll get there in time. In other words, it will hurry up and get there fast so the recipient can lay around in it as soon as possible.


Rudy’s are good people. They’re our neighbor in Manhattan and Seattle (and elsewhere) and now they have a new outpost in Williamsburg — a mercantile for which 100% of profits are going to support Waves for Water's Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Stop by for a haircut, some Stumptown Coffee and good, upstanding holiday gifts for your loved ones and yourself. If you’re staying with us at Ace, flash your room key for 10% off everything in the shop.









All snapshots from Rudy’s Facebook page.

Rudy’s are good people. They’re our neighbor in Manhattan and Seattle (and elsewhere) and now they have a new outpost in Williamsburg — a mercantile for which 100% of profits are going to support Waves for Water's Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Stop by for a haircut, some Stumptown Coffee and good, upstanding holiday gifts for your loved ones and yourself. If you’re staying with us at Ace, flash your room key for 10% off everything in the shop.

All snapshots from Rudy’s Facebook page.


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