Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles


Los Angeles
Donning a pair of Vans, sockless — feeling the padded collar wrap your ankles, feet not too hot and not too cold, toes feeling out their protection from the world — no matter where you slip in to them, a little part of you gets to be off the wall as they say. Your feet, at least they’re sunny and SoCal 75 and maybe there’s a little beachy sand to make it authentic.
Our first skate shoes were Old Skool Vans. We saw Minor Threat’s Ian Mackaye wearing them going to the local record store. And it seemed like all the cool women and men that were older than us, that had been into cool things for a long time, they were always wearing a pair in a way that looked just right and timeless. They were our secret teachers. We took notes: bands, hair, the cut of clothes, books they read and films they saw, picked up their language and tried to make our own version of ourselves with these things. 
Well, an army might march on its stomach, but our people working hard on the ground at Ace DTLA work on their feet. We thought their own special Vans would help them keep things breezy.
To celebrate our Atelier Ace x Vans Era 59 collaboration, we got all romantic about our days skating in the sun, wind in our hair. We teamed with Vans to screen Dogtown and Z-Boys in The Theatre for anyone who wanted to go, and we made a skate game, and we’re giving away prizes to the top five scorers of that very game. Now it’s time to let the winners know, to give them their just rewards: Keeng-Shilo G., Brittni L., Riely W., Elias R., Mike W. Winners: you’ll be hearing from us soon via e-mail. 

photo by praveena_happyking

Los Angeles

Donning a pair of Vans, sockless — feeling the padded collar wrap your ankles, feet not too hot and not too cold, toes feeling out their protection from the world — no matter where you slip in to them, a little part of you gets to be off the wall as they say. Your feet, at least they’re sunny and SoCal 75 and maybe there’s a little beachy sand to make it authentic.

Our first skate shoes were Old Skool Vans. We saw Minor Threat’s Ian Mackaye wearing them going to the local record store. And it seemed like all the cool women and men that were older than us, that had been into cool things for a long time, they were always wearing a pair in a way that looked just right and timeless. They were our secret teachers. We took notes: bands, hair, the cut of clothes, books they read and films they saw, picked up their language and tried to make our own version of ourselves with these things. 

Well, an army might march on its stomach, but our people working hard on the ground at Ace DTLA work on their feet. We thought their own special Vans would help them keep things breezy.

To celebrate our Atelier Ace x Vans Era 59 collaboration, we got all romantic about our days skating in the sun, wind in our hair. We teamed with Vans to screen Dogtown and Z-Boys in The Theatre for anyone who wanted to go, and we made a skate game, and we’re giving away prizes to the top five scorers of that very game. Now it’s time to let the winners know, to give them their just rewards: Keeng-Shilo G., Brittni L., Riely W., Elias R., Mike W. Winners: you’ll be hearing from us soon via e-mail. 

photo by praveena_happyking


Los Angeles, CA 

Secret sharing: we like Cabin 207 in the old City of Angels. Kristen Shaw helms the ship at Cabin, styling and curating and making people feel like the whole world is smiling right along with them. Recently Cabin had a release reading for Matt Austin’s book, The Shape of Spilled Milk. Kristen was kind enough to write some words inspired by Matt’s work and their friendship:

given my current thought process, my hands are allowing me to type this story to you. 

so hi, i’m glad we’ve finally met.

you may not really know who I am, but we share two of the very same things. 

my hands + your hands. 

when i was a kid, 10 years old or so, i used to draw log cabins. i tried to make these as intricate as possible, securing my position to design the future home we would build. 

I remember drawing the same home over and over again. practice makes perfect and perfect makes perfection. Could my hand actually draw the same thing twice? 

So the thing is, I didn’t know what the most perfect home looked like, or the most perfect love to put in it. But i somehow trusted what i could do with my hands.

And, sometimes, my hands just go. they take off and i don’t have a second to think about where they are going or what they are making. 

 I do know what it looks like. 

I know what this feels like.

 I don’t know how to get there, 

I don’t know the formula, 

i don’t know what its like to do things the perfect way.

16 years later from the first day I drew a log cabin, I can write to you from mine. We make things here, we tell stories, we love, we listen, and welcome you to create and bring alive something you’ve always wanted to build. Every day I do this, I have this heartbeat that keeps a pulse so strong that I need people even stronger to be limbs to keep this moving. That’s where Matt Austin comes in for me. An old friend of mine from when we were merely 16, chatting on the Myspace about a contribution I asked him to make to a book I was putting together of collected midwestern artist’s work. We shifted and sifted through the years living in different places until I found him sitting in my cabin two weeks ago, reading stories, sharing goosebumps, making people cry.

How loud is your desire?

we innately float to the most beautiful places when instincts are trusted, movements make free motion, and you create what you feel is true—not because you’re told to, not because its perfect, but because when pressing bones, you’ll always know where to go. 


Downtown Los Angeles
Theatres are curious places, magician’s trick-boxes where the golden memories of dramatic triumphs linger like nostalgic ghosts, and where the unexplainable, the fantastic, the tragic, the comic and the absurd are routine occurrences on and off the stage. Murders, mayhem, politcal intrigue, lucrative business, secret assignations, and of course, dinner. — E.A. Bucchianeri
If you haven’t yet made it to The Theatre, well, tomorrow at 10am sure would be a good day to try devising a plan or two (the magic word’s Comedy for #2). 
Lykke Li at The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown LA by Oliver Walker

Downtown Los Angeles

Theatres are curious places, magician’s trick-boxes where the golden memories of dramatic triumphs linger like nostalgic ghosts, and where the unexplainable, the fantastic, the tragic, the comic and the absurd are routine occurrences on and off the stage. Murders, mayhem, politcal intrigue, lucrative business, secret assignations, and of course, dinner. — E.A. Bucchianeri

If you haven’t yet made it to The Theatre, well, tomorrow at 10am sure would be a good day to try devising a plan or two (the magic word’s Comedy for #2). 

Lykke Li at The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown LA by Oliver Walker


Downtown Los Angeles
Takashi Murakami and some unidentified revelers celebrate Friday’s screening of Jellyfish Eyes at The Theatre at Ace Hotel. 
Photo courtesy of riyo_oko

Downtown Los Angeles

Takashi Murakami and some unidentified revelers celebrate Friday’s screening of Jellyfish Eyes at The Theatre at Ace Hotel. 

Photo courtesy of riyo_oko


Downtown Los Angeles
Are you a person, dear reader? Well well. Good news. Along with JD Samson, we’re throwing a Pride party for people. It’s the first leg of our four-stop tour to bring everyone we can together to dance and smile and love and sweat. If you can’t wait till this weekend, JD made a mix called — and for — All of Us. It just keeps getting better. See you on the dance floor. 

Downtown Los Angeles

Are you a person, dear reader? Well well. Good news. Along with JD Samson, we’re throwing a Pride party for people. It’s the first leg of our four-stop tour to bring everyone we can together to dance and smile and love and sweat. If you can’t wait till this weekend, JD made a mix called — and for — All of Us. It just keeps getting better. See you on the dance floor. 


Downtown Los Angeles

Last night in LA, Swedish siren Lykke Li enchanted a sold out audience at The Theatre, and we’re still basking in the glow of her spell. We’ve been waiting months for this moment, and L.L.’s command of the space was awe-inspiring — the elegant bluster of her voice convincingly taking over every corner of the house. Think we might have fallen a little bit more in love with you, Lykke Li. Is it too soon to do it again?

Photos by Makiko Wakita.


Downtown Los Angeles
God is in the house.
His reputation and mustache precede him. Nick Cave brings his Bad Seeds to The Theatre at Ace Hotel July 12 — burning down the house with his recent masterpiece Push The Sky Away. We’re losing our minds over here at the chance to host one of music’s most respected elder statesmen — because fortunately in Cave’s case, respected isn’t the same as respectful. 
Tickets hit the street Friday May 9, but lucky for us, we’ve got a special pre-sale code for our friends to make sure we all get to share the experience.
Pre-sale starts today at 10am. Use the code SKYAWAY.
Photo by Andrew Whitton. Theatre sponsored by Martin Guitar.

Downtown Los Angeles

God is in the house.

His reputation and mustache precede him. Nick Cave brings his Bad Seeds to The Theatre at Ace Hotel July 12 — burning down the house with his recent masterpiece Push The Sky Away. We’re losing our minds over here at the chance to host one of music’s most respected elder statesmen — because fortunately in Cave’s case, respected isn’t the same as respectful. 

Tickets hit the street Friday May 9, but lucky for us, we’ve got a special pre-sale code for our friends to make sure we all get to share the experience.

Pre-sale starts today at 10am. Use the code SKYAWAY.

Photo by Andrew Whitton. Theatre sponsored by Martin Guitar.


Los Angeles / London / New York / Palm Springs
Pride is coming. And everyone is invited. This year we’re tickled all colors of the rainbow that JD Samson is teaming with us to pop the pride parties for our locals in LA / LDN / NYC / PSP. JD’s been a pardner to Ace here for a hot minute, and it’s with worlds of pleasure that we work together again. The cherry on top: JD went out and made a special mixtape for our aural delight. Participate. Be active. Let’s be out and let’s do this. #everyonespride

Los Angeles / London / New York / Palm Springs

Pride is coming. And everyone is invited. This year we’re tickled all colors of the rainbow that JD Samson is teaming with us to pop the pride parties for our locals in LA / LDN / NYC / PSP. JD’s been a pardner to Ace here for a hot minute, and it’s with worlds of pleasure that we work together again. The cherry on top: JD went out and made a special mixtape for our aural delight. Participate. Be active. Let’s be out and let’s do this. #everyonespride


Los Angeles

Our beloved Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles — once the Texaco building — makes a cameo in this original Superman clip. We’re guessing it’s George Reeves starring in Superman and the Mole Men.

Thanks Kev and Don for the tweet.


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