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Ever since Rudy's, a Portland-based hipster barbershop chain, vacated its spot at The Standard Hollywood earlier this year, the hotel has been experimenting with different pop-up concepts. And currently, an LA-based art book shop called Book Stand has installed a 30-day retail residency in the space, based on the theme of plants.
Yup, plants. An entire assortment of art books, magazines, vintage tomes, films, art, pottery and "ephemera" all glorifying nature's different forms of greenery. Kind of a nice change of pace for a hotel mainly known for blacklisting guests and publishing ads of people peeing and drooling.
Out of curiosity, we hunted down a few of the titles that will be included in the shop, and found neat-o items like the zine Sunday Mornings at the River, or photographer Arno Fischer's 1978 monograph The Garden, or Avec, the first issue of a Korean lifestyle magazine devoted entirely to flowers.
Reminding us of a cross between the tchotchke-packed Opening Ceremony at Ace Hotel and the Delano's tiny magazine stall in Miami, Paramount News is a small retail space whose shelves are artfully filled with an array of nerd-tastic Manhattan-themed travel goodies. A few of the trinkets we spotted included…
Flight 001 travel gear, a decent selection of novelty wallets (we liked the one designed like a nametag, with "Hola, me llama" printed on the front), whiskey flasks, laptop cases, journals, tin boxes of colored pencils, miniature Statues of Liberty, Bigelow toiletries, Assouline travel books, and local magazines and newspapers.
We almost sprung for a giant foam hand shaped like the Statue of Liberty, but then remembered we hardly ever go to sports events. Plus, we live here, so a NYC souvenir isn't really something we need...
Originally launched in Seattle in the 90s, Rudy's Barbershop is a bona fide hipster institution, offering traditional mens and womens haircuts in retro barbershops across Portland and LA. This summer, the team headed all the way out to the East Coast to open a new location at Ace New York.
So far, the shop has received warm welcomes from places like Racked and New York Magazine, the latter reporting that the shop offers "oft-tattooed stylists who cater to both men and women" and is "consistently well-soundtracked with the likes of the Raveonettes and Rufus Wainwright."
Yup, sounds about right.
As many know, the Ace New York does more than just put people up for the night. A Michelin-starred restaurant, action-packed lobby, oyster bar, frequent art exhibits all play into the hotel's hip, bustling atmosphere.
Opening Ceremony, the Ace's hipster Stop & Shop located off the lobby, is perhaps one of our favorite places in the hotel. We've found wallets, vintage magazines, sunglasses, travel-sized Scrabble boards—you name it, the store has it. Trouble is, the selection is often too overwhelming, and with all the cool stuff, we never know what to pick.
To save us from our debilitating dillydallying, it's Afar magazine to the rescue! The travel mag recently published an interview with OC's founders, who revealed the one item in the store they're currently most proud of: Elmex toothpaste.
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The latest output from the seemingly endless fount of hipster goodies commissioned by The Ace Hotel will slip around your wrist, smell like an old English saddle, and make you look super cool at, say, an outdoor music festival.
At least, that's the intention behind the new Ace X Tanner Goods Bracelet (above), which comes in tan and black, and has the Ace Hotel & Swimclub Palm Springs logo etched into it. You can snag one for $50 a pop, which is about a third of the price you'd pay for an actual room at the hotel. So now you must ask yourself: is it a 335 square-foot King Lounge in Palm Springs I want? Or three handmade leather bracelets? Decisions, decisions.
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Now, a new retail space, named Safira, is being added to the giant lobby, and it will function as the hotel's go-to spot for a whole slew of fancy thingamajigs and what's-its like silky dresses, perfumes, art books and sunglasses. Dream is referring to the shop as an "inventory of must-have brands from around the globe." Well, "must" is a relative concept, but we doubt they'll have any trouble luring guests in. The fact that Safira is located right next to the elevators doesn't hurt, either.
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It's that time of year, kids. SPRING BREAK! We know, because South Beach is full of the young and the restless right now, all of them on the prowl.
But if you haven't found that perfect bikini for your beach break just yet, you can always wait until you check into your hotel. We popped into the new GuyandGirl Boutique at Shelborne South Beach recently and found a coolly curated collection of hats, sunglasses, bags, summer fashion, sunscreen, accessories--and yes, bikinis.
Not surprisingly, the swimsuits with the most animal appeal caught our eye. Like this number...
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Love pink stuff? Love New York City's The Plaza Hotel? Hate the high prices ($75 headbands!) of the pink-perfect Eloise shop at The Plaza? We're with you all the way. There's some relief however, as The Plaza has just opened a Betsey Johnson holiday pop-up shop in the lower-level Shops arcade at the hotel.
We just went and roamed around it ourselves, and though it's itsy-bitsy, it definitely packs the pinkest punch. The store associates told us that Betsey wanted the shop chock-full of accessories, and that it is; her sparkly jewelry, funky watches, quilted clutches and even winter hats are everywhere. Rest assured they've got Betsey's signature clothing line as well, in all its crinolined, punky princess glory. The only thing iswhen we expressed interest in a particularly stunning necklace but in a larger sizewe were told that items are already beginning to sell out. Thankfully if you're that hard-up for something sparkly to wear to your holiday shindig, there are other Betsey shop locations around the city.
If you go, the Betsey Johnson pop-up is only open until January 9.
This week, we take a look at a new indie jewelry collection that has recently popped up inside the W Leicester Square. PDB Jewelry (it stands for 'Pure Dead Brilliant') is a Bali-based company whose cuffs, earrings, rings and necklaces tend to have cute, weird little sayings emblazoned straight into the metal. Which, somehow, makes them a perfect fit for the often-blunt hotel idioms of W.
It was during a routine Twitter browsing session that we came across an excited fan's 88-character message about spotting the big "O" at none other than the Montage Beverly Hills. Now, this hotel has been known as a haven for celebrities for some time now—Mariah and Nick threw their baby shower there, for crissakes. The swanky hotel also accommodated a newly-homeless Maria Shriver when she needed a place to stay.
It was yesterday afternoon when @ttcrebekah's Oprah sighting took place—in the gift store, no less. We'd imagine, after the crazy giveaways her old show was known for, she's probably got the extra cash to pick up a few "nice things" for the house.
There are two places we never expected to see an artsy fartsy, eco-er than thou farmers market: 1) In the heart of the concrete jungle and 2) in a hotel back yard. But seeing as Andaz always likes to do things a little differently (and usually in a way we like), when we were in New York last week, we timed our trip Downtown to coincide with the market at Andaz Wall Street.
The market is the brainchild of the lush Maximo Lopez May, chef at Wall & Water (the hotel’s restaurant), and Joel Patraker, food sourcer for the hotel who just so handily happens to have a background in farmers markets. It takes place every Wednesday and Saturday and, according to the hotel blurb, promises
Items from local Hudson Valley farms and markets including fruits and vegetables from Migliorelli Farm, poultry and game from Quattro’s, jams and chutneys from Beth’s Farm Kitchen, cheese and other dairy products from Farm Catskills, artisanal soaps from Ash Hopper and artisan breads from Orwasher Bakery.
One of our favorite trends in hotel land over recent years has been the introduction of the well-curated hotel shop. No, not the dinky little gift shop where you can buy the newspaper and a $17 tube of sunblock--and not W The Store, either. Although this new little slice of retail therapy does reside at a W, in fact: the W South Beach.
Therapy, an exclusive collaboration with Warren-Tricomi, opened its doors in late January and already has the fashion pack in Miami excited with its super-feminine decor and "come and play/stay awhile!" mentality.
The store-and-salon-in-one is not about wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am shopping, you see. It's designed to lure you in with its gleaming white marble and flowing drapes, and ensnare you (and your credit card) with buzzy brands such as Chrome Hearts sunglasses, Earnest Sewn jeans, dresses from Australian line Camilla, and cases of jewelry with price tags from $100 to $10,000.