According to English folklore, the first person to enter the home on New Year’s Day will bring good fortune. Especially if it’s a tall dark-haired man, accompanied by a handful of coal, some good bread and a bottle of whiskey.
Happy NYE England!

According to English folklore, the first person to enter the home on New Year’s Day will bring good fortune. Especially if it’s a tall dark-haired man, accompanied by a handful of coal, some good bread and a bottle of whiskey.

Happy NYE England!


Merry Crimbo from the front desk in Shoreditch.

Merry Crimbo from the front desk in Shoreditch.


Hattie Fox’s winter arrangements, keeping Shoreditch tangly and wild. 

Hattie Fox’s winter arrangements, keeping Shoreditch tangly and wild. 


Friend and fashion luminary Louise Gray took on the task of trimming Hoi Polloi’s Christmas tree this year, and she’s once again outdone herself. What appears from a distance to be a neon-lit take on the traditional tree reveals itself on closer inspection to be densely arranged with decorative detritus from the pound-shop. Cheese graters, footballs, paper money, rubber gloves, fun fur handcuffs, a tutu, take-away cups and wire wool all sparkle with glitter and Sharpie graffiti. 
Gray’s garish delight will be on display at Hoi Polloi through New Year’s, lighting the dinner and day after for all the revelers taking in Ace’s festive Time Travel package. 

Friend and fashion luminary Louise Gray took on the task of trimming Hoi Polloi’s Christmas tree this year, and she’s once again outdone herself. What appears from a distance to be a neon-lit take on the traditional tree reveals itself on closer inspection to be densely arranged with decorative detritus from the pound-shop. Cheese graters, footballs, paper money, rubber gloves, fun fur handcuffs, a tutu, take-away cups and wire wool all sparkle with glitter and Sharpie graffiti. 

Gray’s garish delight will be on display at Hoi Polloi through New Year’s, lighting the dinner and day after for all the revelers taking in Ace’s festive Time Travel package



Because Cambridge University had a rule forbidding dogs, Lord Byron kept a pet bear while he was a student there. 

Because Cambridge University had a rule forbidding dogs, Lord Byron kept a pet bear while he was a student there. 


This summer we worked with A.P.C. to create custom quilts for our rooms in London — designer Jessica Ogden and founder Jean Touitou created a patchwork masterpiece out of fabrics from past A.P.C. collections.
Now that the quilts are in our rooms, on our beds, and quickly capturing the hearts of our travel-weary and comfort-seeking visitors, we asked Jessica to share her thoughts on the process, and some of the things inspiring her work right now. 

"As a child my mum made my brother and I quilts for our bed, she was the one who taught me how to sew, so the process is in her spirit.
It was amazing to then have Jean propose this idea to work on A.P.C. Quilts as it is also through his mum he has the love for this work.
We have our Mums to be thankful for to learn this beautiful craft.”
—Jessica Ogden

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Antique quilt reference with beautiful flowers and color.
 

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My Auntie Rosie, a beautiful lady, and a letter from her, my drawings of my cat and the sun reminding me of Jamaica where I was born.
 

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Sonia Delaunay, my all-time favorite textile artist.
 

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A page from my scrapbook: A Jessica Ogden dress 
next to a piece of Odette Touitou, Jean’s mum, patchwork.
 

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A page from The Quilts of Gee’s Bend. This is one of my favorite books, all homemade quilts made from what was on hand. The pieces made from work clothes are some of the highlights for me, as the clothes already have wear and tear, aged and patched, and then to be made into an object that also has age is beautiful to me. It’s history is visual and you feel they are made with love.
 

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Exhibition I saw in London on my last trip: Madge Gill, Outsider Artist.
 

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My family “Love” wall at home in Paris.
 

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Fabrics we used for the Ace x A.P.C. quilt.

Jessica would like to dedicate this piece to the memory of Alex Calderwood.

London-based poet, model and Ace friend Jack Royle recently released his first video, Chicken Town. This homage to John Cooper Clarke’s 1980’s "Evidently Chickentown" not only honors the English punk-poet but first and foremost resonates as the vivid testimony of a young lad in the jungle of the city, striving to speak up for himself.
Time has passed but the feelings remain unchanged.


London’s soft, loveworn damask underbelly is one of the things we love dearly about this place. One of the most forward-thinking spots in the multiverse, it is deeply rooted in its history via some very beautiful, threadbare stretches of brocade, porcelain and thrice-used linen teabags. This weekend will find us at Judy’s Vintage Furniture Flea, which celebrates midcentury british furniture and design, in Spitalfields just a few blocks from our Shoreditch outpost.

If you see us carting off with a donkeyload of fragile wicker picnic baskets, throne chairs and handsomely-aged sterling napkin rings, you’ll see that our reputation for minimalism is only part of the story.

London’s soft, loveworn damask underbelly is one of the things we love dearly about this place. One of the most forward-thinking spots in the multiverse, it is deeply rooted in its history via some very beautiful, threadbare stretches of brocade, porcelain and thrice-used linen teabags. This weekend will find us at Judy’s Vintage Furniture Flea, which celebrates midcentury british furniture and design, in Spitalfields just a few blocks from our Shoreditch outpost.

If you see us carting off with a donkeyload of fragile wicker picnic baskets, throne chairs and handsomely-aged sterling napkin rings, you’ll see that our reputation for minimalism is only part of the story.


We’re more than a little smitten with Tel Aviv-born, globally educated and now London-based design duo Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay, collectively known as Raw Edges Design Studio (and who also happen to be married). The couple crafts modern furniture and utilitarian, outlandishly imaginative conceptual pieces in their small shared working space in London, drawing from a seemingly bottomless well of inspiration and positivity.

Alkalay’s Stack reimagines all of the usual characteristics of a chest of drawers — and, dancing along the unifying thread of Raw Edges’ work as a whole, offers a conceptual piece solidly grounded in purpose. Its not-insignificant commercial success aside, Stack has earned a spot in MOMA’s permanent design collection. We’re pleased as punch to be sharing a city with this pair, and we’re all ears and eyes for what they do next.


Shoreditch, our natural habitat.

Shoreditch, our natural habitat.


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