Some very inspiring people we know run Apolis, an apparel company that works with a rare integrity to synchronize the culture and momentum of fashion, design and craftsmanship with the human desire to support peaceful, sustainable and equitable social structures. We think they are truly incredible in what they do, and we’re happy to announce they’ve opened a flagship storefront in Downtown LA, Common Gallery, for which they’re throwing a grand opening party this Thursday, November 10. We’ll see you there.


CONTENT 2011 brought us knitted steel wool, miniature hotel rooms and handmade sequin geodes. Stay tuned for documentation.

CONTENT 2011 brought us knitted steel wool, miniature hotel rooms and handmade sequin geodes. Stay tuned for documentation.


INTERVIEW: BRITT HOWARD OF PORTLAND GARMENT FACTORY
Two years ago, we got together with our favorite Portland fashion designers to create a living installation in the guest rooms on the second floor at Ace Hotel Portland, dubbed CONTENT — each designer handcrafted, populated and brought to life an embodiment of their inspirations and identities, and this year an astoundingly talented crop of designers is resurrecting this new tradition. October 1, join Ace and NYC via PDX designer and Project Runway alumn Gretchen Jones on Stark Street for beer, spirits and fare by Olympic Provisions and Clyde Common, followed by an unguided adventure through the installations.
Portland Garment Factory is one of the designers creating an installation this year, and they’re also handcrafting tissue box covers for all the Aces out of salvaged WWII army ponchos, so we wanted to chat PGFer Britt Howard up up about the work they do and what they’ll be bringing to CONTENT.
What do you love about your job?
I love working with the various talented people of Portland — including the talented and hilarious PGF crew, whom I am lucky to be surrounded by on a daily basis! I love living through our clients’ design process……being so close to it makes us all  feel like we have a line of baby clothes or backpacks or womenswear.   And about the fashion community of Portland? The fashion community in Portland is so varied (i.e. folks from so many different backgrounds — self taught/DIY to classically trained), and a direct correlation to that are the unique perspectives we see in what the designers create. Since I grew up here, I have a fondness in my heart for wools, plaids, layers, hats, ect. The best designers in Portland play off of the weather here (be it a direct representation of a grey cloud to a bright color blocked dress to liven up the often dreary Portland backdrop). I love em all.
How are the tissue box covers coming along?
We will be cutting the tissue box covers LIVE in our Content room! We are excited to be working on this during the event because it’s a great way to merge what we are doing for Ace with the event — it was a brilliant idea that Rosemary (my partner) had which really helped us nail down what we are doing in our room! (The ideas were getting too grand anyway…) It will basically be a live workroom…..because work and creating are at the heart of what we are all inspired by every day.
Thank you, Britt — see you at work, then.

INTERVIEW: BRITT HOWARD OF PORTLAND GARMENT FACTORY

Two years ago, we got together with our favorite Portland fashion designers to create a living installation in the guest rooms on the second floor at Ace Hotel Portland, dubbed CONTENT — each designer handcrafted, populated and brought to life an embodiment of their inspirations and identities, and this year an astoundingly talented crop of designers is resurrecting this new tradition. October 1, join Ace and NYC via PDX designer and Project Runway alumn Gretchen Jones on Stark Street for beer, spirits and fare by Olympic Provisions and Clyde Common, followed by an unguided adventure through the installations.

Portland Garment Factory is one of the designers creating an installation this year, and they’re also handcrafting tissue box covers for all the Aces out of salvaged WWII army ponchos, so we wanted to chat PGFer Britt Howard up up about the work they do and what they’ll be bringing to CONTENT.

What do you love about your job?

I love working with the various talented people of Portland — including the talented and hilarious PGF crew, whom I am lucky to be surrounded by on a daily basis! I love living through our clients’ design process……being so close to it makes us all feel like we have a line of baby clothes or backpacks or womenswear. And about the fashion community of Portland? The fashion community in Portland is so varied (i.e. folks from so many different backgrounds — self taught/DIY to classically trained), and a direct correlation to that are the unique perspectives we see in what the designers create. Since I grew up here, I have a fondness in my heart for wools, plaids, layers, hats, ect. The best designers in Portland play off of the weather here (be it a direct representation of a grey cloud to a bright color blocked dress to liven up the often dreary Portland backdrop). I love em all.

How are the tissue box covers coming along?

We will be cutting the tissue box covers LIVE in our Content room! We are excited to be working on this during the event because it’s a great way to merge what we are doing for Ace with the event — it was a brilliant idea that Rosemary (my partner) had which really helped us nail down what we are doing in our room! (The ideas were getting too grand anyway…) It will basically be a live workroom…..because work and creating are at the heart of what we are all inspired by every day.

Thank you, Britt — see you at work, then.


Two generations of fashion icons met last week at Advanced Style, our Fashion Week party with Ari Seth Cohen and Tavi Gevinson of The Style Rookie. We have deep respect for the art of fashion, and little for the pretension and conformity that can come along with it. So it was a true thrill and well of inspiration to meet with like minds for whom style is about self-expression and magic and not about being photographed. That said, we’re really glad we were photographing, for now we have a bit to remember a great night with. And Iris Apfel's googly-eye bracelet in such close proximity to Tavi's Laura Palmer princess crown. Why? Just because.













Photos by Amos Mac, edited by Hope Reynolds at Folk Studios

Two generations of fashion icons met last week at Advanced Style, our Fashion Week party with Ari Seth Cohen and Tavi Gevinson of The Style Rookie. We have deep respect for the art of fashion, and little for the pretension and conformity that can come along with it. So it was a true thrill and well of inspiration to meet with like minds for whom style is about self-expression and magic and not about being photographed. That said, we’re really glad we were photographing, for now we have a bit to remember a great night with. And Iris Apfel's googly-eye bracelet in such close proximity to Tavi's Laura Palmer princess crown. Why? Just because.



Photos by Amos Mac, edited by Hope Reynolds at Folk Studios


We’re thrilled to host Tavi Gevinson of The Style Rookie and Ari Seth Cohen, editor of Advanced Style — featured above on Nowness — on September 13 at Ace Hotel New York for a cross-generational celebration of style, flamboyance, color and not giving a #$%@ about what other people think. We’ll be cutting a 100th birthday cake by Nine Cakes and enjoying a gallery show of Ari’s foxy cast. Tavi and Ari are hosting some informal salons on style and Ilona performs her Eyelash Cabaret. Stay tuned.



Video by Lina Plioplyte


We’re always glad to have friends come visit from the Pacific Northwest. Filson paid NYC a visit this week and set up shop in one of our loft rooms at Ace Hotel New York to showcase their Fall & Winter 2011 line. Here are some shots of the collection. 


From the lobby of Ace Hotel New York last night at GQ’s Fashion Week kick-off party celebrating new menswear designers.







Photos by Travis Blue

From the lobby of Ace Hotel New York last night at GQ’s Fashion Week kick-off party celebrating new menswear designers.



Photos by Travis Blue


Perfect is boring. This is Ilona, from one of our favorite blogs in the universe, Advanced Style, a celebration of style among the silver-haired set.


FREE SPA TREATMENTS & RUDY’S HAIRCUTS AT ACE PALM SPRINGS

We’ve got a pretty incredible weekend coming up at Ace Hotel Palm Springs. We’re launching a whole new spa with a Full Moon party and spa blessing on Saturday. There will be free spa treatments, a live DJ set, drum circle, art show, pop-up wellness shop and delicious drinks. This kicks off a whole weekend of events. Late night Saturday brings our weekly party with a rotating all-star cast of Downtown LA DJs, Discothèque. And if you’re crawling back to the pool Sunday at the crack of noon, get your hair cut for free by the hair stylist gurus from Rudy’s Barbershop.

See more information about the launch party and art show on our calendar. To book a room for the weekend, visit our reservations page. See you by the pool, with bells on.


The Shiny Squirrel did a pop up shop in loft room 811 at Ace Hotel New York a couple weeks ago. Those in the know drank champagne and perused the goods surrounded by the art of Mint & Serf. We want everything from between 0:42 and 0:51. Oh, wait, also 1:14. Wait, we want all of it. We like Shiny Squirrel as more than a friend.


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