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Independence Holiday Gift Options

Apolis Wool Camp Hat

Ashland Leather Fat Herbie Wallet

Jacob Bromwell Great American Copper Flask

Fine Light Trading Chief Ring

Howlin Spooky Socks

Makr Zip Wallet

Scout Knife

American Optical Sunglasses

Apolis Indigo Wool Bow Tie


Nazaret, Ethiopia 

It’s sometimes easy to get stuck when thinking about how to help people in far-away places when it comes to money. This JD Samson piece has been bouncing around in our heads lately as we’ve been Pride-prepping with her playlist on the ‘phones. 

Apolis, our teammate for this scarf we’ve got going, has one really great process idea: find a way to use money to be a better global citizen. They go out and help to empower communities that are struggling by bringing them jobs and infrastructure. The scarfs in this video, above, were hand-loomed in Nazaret, Ethopia, helping to provide sustainable employment and a fair wage for a growing artisan cooperative of women freed from prostitution in the region. The people you see in the video are businesspeople, competing in a global market and providing something beautiful, well-made, unique. If you’re careful and attentive, you can build good with the dollars you spend.

Apolis Wool Camp Hat

Levi’s Vintage Clothing 1954 in “New Rinse”

Oak Street Bootmakers Trench Boot

Howlin’ Fair Isle Scarf

We’re inspired by the gracefully integrated activism of Apolis’ line of work, including their Market Bag, made in partnership with a small artisan co-op in Bangladesh. Rudy’s Barbershop has collaborated with Apolis to garner even more visibility for the product and the partnership, and to support the co-op (the Rudy’s Saves bag is pictured here in action with CEO Vy Le at the Pike Place Market in Ace’s hometown of Seattle, WA). Demand for the bag has grown so much that the infrastructure of the co-op needs to expand considerably. In response, Apolis has created the Bangladesh Sewing Academy – a project to buy 20 new sewing machines for 20 women in the co-op. They’re taking donations now, and as a stakeholder, you’ll be a part of the collective investment of $8,500 in the building of a new facility, the purchase of 20 new sewing machines & the wages of two trainers who will provide 20 women with employment training every 6 months. They’ve raised over $3,000 – show your love and get 20% off at the Apolis online shop.

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Photo of Vy by Alex Berry

Raan, Shea, and Stenn Parton are three brothers who run Apolis Activism, a men’s clothing line out of LA that works to instill social responsibility and global activism in its projects. Recently, they worked with Rapha, a line of cycling clothing and accoutrement, to create the Transit Elite Sweater, their answer to après-ski attire. In December, they went to Kathmandu, Nepal together to meet the people manufacturing the limited run of 225 handmade Apolis Activism x Rapha sweaters. They made a video about their cycling trip, the friends they made, and the craftspeople creating their products.

We like their style. You can follow their blog to stay abreast of their projects and excursions.

Photos by Apolis Activism

Some of our friends are offering fine goods up to friends of Ace for 10% off during the holidays. Whether you’re celebrating Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza, Yule, Matariki or Saturnalia, you’ll find excellent gifts for yourself and others at these great shops. Show your room key in person or use code ACEHOLIDAY online (discount doesn’t apply to some things).


+ Tanner Goods

+ Context Clothing


+ Apolis

+ Hickoree’s Hard Goods

+ Blackbird


“We have two rulebooks, one for charity and one for the rest of the economic world…You just put the whole non-profit sector at this extreme disadvantage to the for-profit sector on every level and you call the whole system charity, like there is something really sweet about it.”  - Dan Pallotta on his book and being a global citizen


Ace Hotel and One Trip Pass continue our coastal caravan from Portland to LA to “rediscover American craft and standards, humor, kitsch, oddities, and the beauty of storytelling through artists, craftsman, individuals of character, stores, markets, wilderness and urban sprawl.” Notes from the Airstream:

It’s the beginning of week two of our trip down the coast, and in true caravan form, ours has expanded. After five days traveling down the 1 and the 101, we met up with our friends Nile, Cass and Lisa of Gravel and Gold who treated us to a welcoming party at their Bolinas getaway, full of good friends old and new, delicious farm stand food, wine and great times. The next morning we hit the road yet again to continue on, this time with Cass and our friend Andrea of Fjallraven on board.

Keep an eye out for our LA and PSP pop-ups starting this Thursday, with goods from both shops as well as: APOLIS ACTIVISM // BILLYKIRK // BEST MADE // FIELD NOTES // GOLDEN BEAR // THE HILL-SIDE // MOLLUSK // MEG CO // PEARL+ // PENDLETON // RAPHA // RTH // TANNER // WAR HORSE MOCCASINS // YUKETAN

Take us on to Big Sur, road.


Kanvis By Katin is a 50 year old board short company that helped solidify the items association with Southern California.

Shot by Apolis Activism.


Our friends at Apolis run a men’s clothing line out of LA that works to instill social responsibility and global activism in its projects. Lonelyleap Films made this short documentary about the brothers and their cohorts.

Apolis sells their board shorts at Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs. Check them out next time you’re here.


Some very inspiring people we know run Apolis, an apparel company that works with a rare integrity to synchronize the culture and momentum of fashion, design and craftsmanship with the human desire to support peaceful, sustainable and equitable social structures. We think they are truly incredible in what they do, and we’re happy to announce they’ve opened a flagship storefront in Downtown LA, Common Gallery, for which they’re throwing a grand opening party this Thursday, November 10. We’ll see you there.


The Parton brothers behind Apolis Activism recently filmed this clip on the heritage of Kanvas by Katin. Have a look and keep an eye out for these bombproof trunks at Ace Palm Springs.