Our custom A.P.C. quilt, designed in collaboration with founder Jean Touitou and designer Jessica Ogden, is, like all things Atelier, a love-labor mixed with equal parts thought and action. The simply-obsessed designers caught the quilting bug from their mums as kids in Tunisia and Jamaica, respectively – bringing their love of the handmade and well-worn into their lauded design ethea. And our teamwork handed Ace London its distinct patchwork A.P.C. quilts.
Jessica and Jean at A.P.C. crafted a comforting, handsome home-away-from-home good for restorative rest at Ace Hotel London Shoreditch. As Jessica says, “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.”
After a couple of trips to the baseline with our friends at Converse, we came back to them with sneakerheads in mind. The Atelier team dove into the Converse archives, mining all corners of development and production and pitched a custom conversion of a classic: Ace Hotel x Converse Slate Pro Leather High Top.
An exclusive limited run with custom Atelier-designed packaging, the high tops were made from premium sheepskin and soft Nubuck in dark grey and black silhouette. We rolled them out at Ace Hotel London Shoreditch with a special lobby launch party — outfitting the space with traditional north country wool looms, where master English weavers knit custom companion pairs of merino wool socks to compliment each wearer's game.
Since first consummating our creative relationship back in 2010, the team at Atelier Ace has kept our friends at Tanner Goods close. They're our hometown leather canvassers here in Portland — a rugged outfit whose designers and craftspeople approach their work with age-old techniques and modern mechanics to maintain the highest traditions of quality craft.
Tanner's work beautifully embodies the qualities that Atelier Ace holds close to chest — integrity of material, simplicity of design and timelessness of process. Premium English Bridle leather sourced in the raw from as close to home as possible, and traditionally vegetable-tanned to age with grace. It's a simple but meticulous process, and they do it best.
We've worked with them on over a dozen, wide ranging collaborations — from wallets to record totes, bracelets to guitar straps. They've even teamed up with us on some of our more global partnerships — forming one corner of our dream team triumvirate on a number of collaborations with Beams Japan.
wings + horns was born and bred in Vancouver B.C. — northerly neighbors to where we came up in the evergreen-shrouded Pacific Northwest. w+h main man Craig Atkinson and Ace founder Alex Calderwood went way back — a long-time friendship fostered in part from a mutual obsession with the clever particulars of Japanese fashion.
When we were dreaming up the distinctive personality of Ace Hotel New York, Atelier Ace hit up Craig to help us with what would eventually become a quintessential part of the Ace experience — the Ace x wings + horns robe. A cross between an old-style boxing robe and a modern-day hooded sweatshirt, the french terry robe is an explicit nod to Ace Hotel New York's historical predecessor The Breslin Hotel — where notorious basement boxing matches were held throughout the 1920s.
An early, easy alliance for Atelier Ace, the Ace x wings + horns robe hangs in the rooms of nearly all Ace Hotel properties — our friendship with wings + horns bearing over a half-dozen other shared labels since.
A handful of decades ago, Alpha Industries was an upstart outfit in a rented basement in Knoxville, TN. Alpha's precision, uncompromising standards and superior soft architecture made their outerwear singular as a military staple — as well as an unsuspecting symbol of the underground at the sunset of the twentieth century.
Atelier Ace got together with Alpha to outfit the weather-weathering bellmen at Ace Hotel New York, creating the Ace x Alpha Industries Fishtail Waterproof Parka, modeled on their classic US Army M-65.
A brand used to serving people working in some of the most unforgiving climates around, Ace encouraged Alpha team to press even further to combat the elements, adopting in our fishtail the brand's first use of bonded materials to create a truly waterproof shell. The result is an utilitarian and aesthetic guard fit to serve any ace in the world.
The waffle-shaped stamp Vans footwear has left on SoCal culture is so totally indelible that when it came time to gird the feet of our hardworking crew at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, it just fit. We collaborated to conceive the Atelier Ace x Vans Era 59 — an Ace update of the classic originally designed by skate pioneers Tony Alva and Stacy Peralta in 1975. Vans were great sports — from product development to promotion, event design to a bit of guerilla marketing.
Re-fashioning the Era as a low profile, all black lace-up in leather and canvas, with vulcanized rubber outsoles and antique brass eyelets, Atelier’s update is the cleaned up, sturdy hybrid of Ace's high standards of style and the fiercely-loved Cali-craftsmanship of Vans.
Retailing exclusively through Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles and Ace Hotel’s online storefront, the limited edition kicks were unveiled on Go Skateboarding Day 2014 — including the premiere of Atelier-designed and developed online skate game Noise Grind, and a free screening of Dogtown and Z-Boys to a frenzied house at our LA theater.
MOSCOT is a fifth generation family eyewear institution — the gold standard in the glasses game for a century. Hyman Moscot’s pushcart eyeglasses business evolved over the twentieth century to become an international fashion brand built on bold, effortless elegance. As Ace began to warm its first East Coast home in Ace Hotel New York, MOSCOT called out to us as a kind of old New York ideal: cosmopolitan, thoughtful and totally no nonsense — a time-honored outfit that’s proudly planted its flag through masterly attention to detail.
Under the direct guidance of Dr. Harvey Moscot, we pored through the family’s design archives for inspiration. The process was a care-taking labor of love for both parties — a shared vision emboldening us to re-imagine a pair of long-abandoned classics for a thoroughly modern audience.
Our Ace Hotel x MOSCOT Shades are a manifestation of the best of what we do — a vintage vision retrofitted with industrial titanium, lightweight materiality and contemporary details inspired by the elegant utility of our Midtown home.
Janet Jay hand-produces Pearl+ Soaps exclusively for Ace Hotels at Studio J — the creative hub of Janet and her husband and frequent Atelier collaborator John Jay, formerly of Wieden + Kennedy. They rest on the vanities or hang from hand-knotted macramé cords in all of Ace Hotel's rooms. We've been fortunate enough to work with Janet on a half dozen other special retail products — luxury organic soaps made with olive, coconut oil, rice bran, shea butter, pearl powder, gotu kola and rosemary extract. They're one of our oldest and dearest collaborators — pure and simple.