Just three weeks ago Ace Hotel — the Portland-born, creatively cutting edge-hotel chain that has since expanded to New York and Palm Springs — was opening the doors of a Manhattan pop-up shop slated to carry a curated selection of clothing and artistic odds and ends. (Think Opening Ceremony wares and limited-edition sneakers.) Now comes word that hotelier Alex Calderwood’s brainchild is looking across the Atlantic, as far as Japan for yet another short-lived boutique. Just in time for the holidays, Ace Hotel and Japanese retailer Isetan Shinjuku are partnering on a pop-up shop to be housed in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district.
Expect “collaborations with Pendleton Woolen Mills, artist Evan Hecox, Generic Man, Dean Markley, Fjallraven of Sweden, Mackintosh, Coto, Le Labo, Wings & Horns, Project No. 8, Pearl Plus, and many others. Products from Rudy’s Barbershops will also be available for the first time in Japan.” For a look around, Freshness Mag has quite a few twitpics of the store’s digs here. As for other Ace Hotel initiatives, I’m still eager to see the porn.