The ACE Hotel is so cool it hurts -- and now it's just plain killing us with new retail outposts No. 8a and Opening Ceremony: two of the town's best-curated shops, within one hotel. Facing northalong 29th Street, No. 8a is the second offshoot of Lower East Sideboutique Project No. 8, founded by partners Brian Janusiak and Elizabeth Beer. Like its downtown counterparts, 8a is stocked with a mélange of understated cool and cutting edge labels -- but with a traveltwist. Bucking typical shot glass and NYPD ski hat fare, theboutique's "Mementos" collection reinterprets the concept of souvenirwith Krink graffiti markers, Statue of Liberty nightlights, hard-candy soft pretzels by Papabubble, and city snowglobes with plastic bags afloat.
New merch hits the website today (including Margiela shoes and accessories, Boudicca and Fabrics Interseason) and the ACE location just refreshed accessories and separates by Matt Singer and Slow and Steady Wins the Race, two of the shop's best sellers to date.
22 W. 29th St.
Photos by Rebecca Prusinowski
Faux fox fur stole by Slow and Steady Wins the Race
Vintage furniture and original floors
Trenches by Various Projects and button-downs by Matt Singer
The shop on a Sunday afternoon
Stellar magazine selection
An NYC snowglobe
Library selection by Dexter Sinister and Pickles by Brooklyn Brine Co.
KIOSK's 'Mostly Midatlantic' themed exhibition corner
In Fiore skincare products
Vintage shelving unit from the administrative offices of the Centre George Pompidou