An Opening Ceremony

Saturday night we celebrated the opening of our two new retail spaces, Opening Ceremony and No. 8a, for Fashion Week at Ace Hotel New York. We like having parties as much as we like making hotels, so we had fun with some of the elements for OC’s party. Our design partners, OMFGCo, stamped and grommetted leather press and VIP badges, and silkscreened OC x Levi’s gift bags. OMFGCo shared some pictures of their die-cutting and letterpress process on their blog. The bags contained, among other gifts, the last remaining pairs of of the Conversex Ace NYC collaboration hightops, a reissue of a discontinued, vintage colorway. (You can look for a new collaborations between Ace and Converse soon.)

Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman, Humberto Leon, and Ryan McGinley, Photos by Hannah Thomson

We also invited a couple of our friends to play the lobby. DJ Nasir from Neverstop, who we’ve known since Ace was just a little 28-room guest housein Seattle, played dance music in the evening, and Stumptown brought Beyondadoubt, one of Portland’s favorite DJs, to play a late night set of 60’s soul 45s.

After a celebration dinner of fried chicken, suckling pig, mashed potatoes and biscuits at the Breslin, OC friends and family watched DJ Solange Knowles take the stage with Dirty Projectors at Liberty Hall.

Upstairs, party-goers perused Phillip Lim eye masks and No. 8a’s anti-souvenirs and Jason Schwarzman got a closer look at the goods.

Jason Schwartzman, Photo by Steve Eichner, via WWD

WWD took some pictures of OC’s friends, and called them nerds.

Here are some of our shots from the party:

Solange Knowles and Dirty Projectors

Chloë Sevigny

Solange Knowles

Josh Hartnett and Terry Richardson

Kelly Osbourne

Michael Stipe, Ryan McGinley, and Spike Jonze

Terence Koh

All photos by Hannah Thomson

See more photos of the event on OC’s blog, and check out OC’s special travel products at the Ace. Keep up on OC at Ace on our blog and Twitter.

House Warming From No. 8a

The team behind No. 8a graced us with two amazing gifts to kick off the opening of their new shop here at Ace Hotel New York this Sunday. The gifts are a sign of new collaborations to come that are beautifully crafted and packaged. Showcased here a handmade Pyrex glass necklace by Jane D’Arensbourg and “delicious treats for hoarding and/or sharing” by Papabubble.

OPENING CEREMONY at Ace Hotel New York

Opening Ceremony, the high-fashion version of a cultural-exchange program, unveils its new outpost at Ace Hotel New York on Valentine’s Day. They’ll be joined by Project No.8’s anti-souvenir shop, No. 8a. The people behind these shops are curators, rather than owners. They’ll be bringing their pitch-perfect favorites to the Ace, suiting the stores to everything you’ll need or don’t know you’ll need during your travels. In addition to highlighting their unique and democratic roll call of established and emerging designers, OC at Ace promises Tumi Luggage, Haribo gummie snacks (if you eat through the ones in the snack bar in your room), Maison Martin Margiela white ostrich and goose feather pens, and custom OC dental packs. No. 8a has I <3 NYC snowglobes filled with tiny trashbags, minamalist white sex toys, and double-ended lollipops covered.

Find OC’s countdown to the Ace here.

And see more stories about OC at Ace on NBC, High Snobiety, and PSFK.

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