We at Atelier Ace have a new neighbor in Portland’s Chinatown — Table of Contents, the mercantile of our dreams and a close friend to our other neighbors and old friends Studio J, the brainchild of Janet and John Jay. We recently raised a glass to TOC’s grand opening and then waltzed around the corner for an afterparty and feast at Studio J, with decorations by Janet and Hazel Cox and a lot of good friends in attendance. The very talented Johnny Le took photos.
Table of Contents just launched a new web shop, and they’re celebrating with a quick winter sale through Saturday. They’re also on the impressive roster of booksellers and presses at this weekend’s Publication Fair hosted by Publication Studio in The Cleaners at Ace Hotel Portland. Now is the time to indulge thyself with handsome books, objects and sweaters…

We at Atelier Ace have a new neighbor in Portland’s Chinatown — Table of Contents, the mercantile of our dreams and a close friend to our other neighbors and old friends Studio J, the brainchild of Janet and John Jay. We recently raised a glass to TOC’s grand opening and then waltzed around the corner for an afterparty and feast at Studio J, with decorations by Janet and Hazel Cox and a lot of good friends in attendance. The very talented Johnny Le took photos.

Table of Contents just launched a new web shop, and they’re celebrating with a quick winter sale through Saturday. They’re also on the impressive roster of booksellers and presses at this weekend’s Publication Fair hosted by Publication Studio in The Cleaners at Ace Hotel Portland. Now is the time to indulge thyself with handsome books, objects and sweaters…

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We’re proud of our friend John Jay’s induction into the Art Director’s Club Hall of Fame this week — his work will be on exhibition at the ADC through December 2.


A brand new batch of Pearl+ Moisturizing Soaps is up on our online shop. Lovingly hand-crafted in small batches in Portland by our friends at Studio J, exclusively for Ace, the soaps contain crushed natural pearl, saponified oils of olive, coconut and palm, rice bran, shea butter, pearl powder, gotu kola and rosemary extract. These are the soaps we hang from the vanities at Ace Portland and New York, and it’s never there when you leave, so it seems these are pretty popular. Now you can actually have it delivered. Also in the shop: Pearl+ Detoxifying soap. You can get each separately as a large bar or together in a pack of two.
Pearl+ is a creation of Janet Jay at Studio J in Portland, Oregon — she runs the studio with her husband, and our long-time friend, John Jay. In China, the powers of natural pearl have been celebrated in mythology and practice for over two millennia. Janet learned about this special use of pearl powder from her grandmother, so her soaps are a modern interpretation of an ancient classic.

A brand new batch of Pearl+ Moisturizing Soaps is up on our online shop. Lovingly hand-crafted in small batches in Portland by our friends at Studio J, exclusively for Ace, the soaps contain crushed natural pearl, saponified oils of olive, coconut and palm, rice bran, shea butter, pearl powder, gotu kola and rosemary extract. These are the soaps we hang from the vanities at Ace Portland and New York, and it’s never there when you leave, so it seems these are pretty popular. Now you can actually have it delivered. Also in the shop: Pearl+ Detoxifying soap. You can get each separately as a large bar or together in a pack of two.

Pearl+ is a creation of Janet Jay at Studio J in Portland, Oregon — she runs the studio with her husband, and our long-time friend, John Jay. In China, the powers of natural pearl have been celebrated in mythology and practice for over two millennia. Janet learned about this special use of pearl powder from her grandmother, so her soaps are a modern interpretation of an ancient classic.


INTERVIEW : HAZEL COX

Nature is her boss. Neck like a crane. Numb feet from pounding metal on her knees all day. Hazel Cox is a local treasure in Portland — a good friend, collaborator and darling of Studio J (our friends John and Janet Jay who also make Pearl+ Soaps for us), and an inimitable innovator. She has been designing and handcrafting jewelry for multiple decades, jewelry that, when it hangs off your ears and neck and wrists, incites women (and men) at every street corner to ask you where it came from. It looks like math in a hot dress.

We put some philosophical questions to Hazel in a common language. She’s probably finishing up The View about now and tuning back into other frequencies.

A typical work day for you:

Wake and break, tea or coffee, yoga breath, emails, cat kisses, The View at 10:00, earplugs, hammer, anvil, drill, popcorn, General Hospital at 2:00, polishing metal while situational discussions tramp around in my thoughts, dying silk fibers to the perfect hue, emails, a walk, cutting bronze, engraving bad words onto sheet steel for practice while I have a snack break, packing and shipping out orders, answer the phone when Dee calls, day dream about other projects that I want to be working on with my lady pal Janet, order supplies, sharpen my tools, play some amazing air drums with my hammers to the music of WITCH when it comes on my itunes, etc…..

A tree you like:

Pine trees. They have the best resin for burning and their needles whistle in the wind. Nothing better than a long nap on the soft needle-covered ground in a stand of pines. The best part is they are everywhere on earth.

A song you like:

Right now it’s “A Forest,” The Cure off of Seventeen Seconds (again). I want this song to never stop when it’s playing…it’s playing right now. Well, it just ended so I am gonna play it again. This song where the land and sea meet. “Lost in a forest all alone, the girl was never there, it’s always the same, I’m running towards nothing, again and again,” some of my favorite lines. I have a fantasy of being lost in the forest with nothing but the trees and me forever. If I could play guitar I would play like that. Also, it is a glorious reminder of growing up oh-my-goth…

A cat you like:

Why you got to make me choose? Well, I prefer panthers and kool katz.

Will you please talk about these images in relation to your work:

I.

This person really knows how to accessorize. I am into how gender neutral it is. These are the enhancers and protectors bound to this person’s soul. This is the spirit of their being.

I hope my work is this good. I also try for a reunion of the organic elements and my need to accessorize. 

II.

The first thing I notice in this image is that there are 5 eggs — this provides a perfectly solid structure. I also work in 5s. The way it is bound together is clever and simplified to only what is needed to keep the design clean and to make it possible to make many of them accurately every time. I like my eggs sunny side up by the way.

III.



Photo from Natural Fashion by Hans Silvester. Egg photo unknown. Gif from one of our favorite blogs of all time If We Don’t, Remember Me. Go see it and thank us later.


INTERVIEW : JANET JAY // PEARL+ SOAP & STUDIO J

The lovely Janet Jay hand-produces Pearl+ Soaps — using crushed pearls among other things — exclusively for Ace Hotels. You can find it in our online shop in gift packs for the holidays. But you can also find it at Studio J, unfinished, lined in trays, and scenting the air there with the wonderful smell of all of Janet’s (not so) secret ingredients. Pearl+ Soaps will be featured in a holiday trunk show this weekend with other local designers and retailers, Subject to Season, including two of our favorites, Hazel Cox and Adam Arnold.

We love Studio J — not only is it beautiful and full of light, it’s also the creative hub of Janet and her husband John Jay, of Weiden + Kennedy. They have all sorts of amazing projects together, and John and Ace partner Alex Calderwood co-curated a recent special edition of Arkitip magazine this year. We wanted to ask Janet about her process, Studio J, and Neufy.

What are you listening to today in the studio?

Seabear, Iron and Wine, Feist and Japanese hip hop that brings back good memories of living in Tokyo.

What’s the sky like out of those huge windows?

Grey but not raining!

Tell me what’s on the to-do list for today.

Meetings on a new project in Old Town and Pearl+ Soap production.

Is your grey kitty hiding out somewhere?

Neufy took the day off work today.

What’s for lunch?

Ping's wide rice noodle and chicken. My favorite, stir fried twice…yum.

Tell us the story of Pearl+ — the pearl dust, and your grandmother.

Like many Asian women, my grandmother used pearl powder in creams and lotions to help promote clear beautiful skin. I was always fascinated by this and decided to develop a product that both men and women could use…Pearl+ Soaps was it. We used pearl powder and then decided to incorporate charcoal for the benefits of absorbing impurities and oils.

Pearl+ Soaps are made local and lovingly by hand here in Portland…and you guys are the only ones that have it!

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Matt Jay of Studio J (this is where Pearl+ Soap is made exclusively for Ace Hotels) just finished a music video for Portland, OR musician Keegan DeWitt. The video was filmed in part at Ace New York — you can see the Every Exit is an Entrance hallway, photobooth, taxidermy badgers, lobby bar, and Michael Anderson’s graffiti sticker piece in the stairwell.


ARKITIP Issue 0053X: Mark of Collaboration

Jeremy Pelley x Fritz Mesenbrink x Mathew Foster of OMFGCo

Arkitip asked Ace’s Alex Calderwood and John Jay of Studio J to curate their latest issue, X: Mark of Collaboration. It’s made up entirely of creative alliances between artists and innovators. After you look at this selection of pages and pictures of John and Alex working on the issue, you might want to get one. You can do that here.

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