WELCOME TO THE COLLECTIVE: OCT 2015
As we barrel into the winter months here at LE Miami HQ in London, our thoughts are turning to urban boltholes and snowy sojourns to see us through the season in style. Luckily, this month’s newly signed-up, first-time collective members are definitely hot enough to counter the colder climes…
We delved into our October rebels’ creative causes ahead of meeting them at the show this year – discover what makes them part of the collective below (and catch up on September’s edition here). And if you haven’t already, make sure to check out our relaunched Guest List gallery, showcasing all the exhibiting brands who have already signed up for 2016.
NAME: Has Han Galata
LOCATION: Galata, Istanbul
CAUSE: Connecting classic Turkish influences with Istanbul’s rising tide of trend
Istanbul continues to gather speed as a favoured getaway for creative types, no doubt helped along by the launch of decidedly contemporary properties like Has Han Galata. Bridging the gap between past and present, this 19th-century former post office sits next to the famous Kamondo Stairs and slap bang in the middle of Galata, the city’s artistic and bohemian centre (in a similar nod to the area’s rebirth as a creative hub, the old Central Bank building opposite the hotel has also been transformed into a cultural centre and art gallery). Staff describe themselves as ‘residents and connoisseurs’ of the city and are adept at helping guests find a way into its cultural life; however, should you wish to explore within the walls of Has Han, its nine individually-decorated guest rooms and casual-cool café-bar are the ideal spot to sip strong coffee and watch the world go by.
NAME: Hotel Jerome
LOCATION: Aspen, Colorado
CAUSE: Recreating the souped-up silver baron aesthetic and lifestyle of its storied past
In a town famous for its glamour and debauchery, Hotel Jerome is probably the most famous of them all. Opened in 1889, the 93-room hotel was renovated by designer Todd Avery-Lenahan and relaunched in 2012 in the latest of its many lives, showing that the indomitable American spirit of reinvention is alive and well with its playful, self-aware take on saloon swagger. The resulting redesign pays homage to the mountain chic that brought in guests such as John Wayne and Cary Grant back in its heyday – oil paintings, mounted deer heads, US flags and chesterfields are all in abundance – with an eye on a new wave of New York socialites looking for something more from their ski resort. We hope to see local residents Kevin Costner and Jack Nicholson swinging from the chandelier in the iconic JBar, once used by writer Hunter S. Thompson as his writing desk – or at least sipping après-ski cocktails amid the artefacts in the Living Room.
NAME: The Renwick
LOCATION: Manhattan, New York
CAUSE: Igniting curiosity and creativity in travellers, inspired by its artistic origins
The term ‘art hotel’ is bandied about in many a modern press release, but Stonehill & Taylor, the designers at the just-opened The Renwick, are adamant that for them, art is “not an adornment, it’s a lifestyle”. This connection makes sense; after all, the historic building that the hotel occupies was formerly home to several working artists’ studios and acted as a meeting point for authors and intellectuals including John Steinbeck, Thomas Mann and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Today, The Renwick channels this spirit through its 173 residential-style suites, all of which have been designed to feel like an authentic artist’s studio with easels and paint, writing paper and ink and artwork scrawled directly on to the surfaces, in an effort to unleash guests’ latent creativity. When not chewing on a designer pen at their in-room workbench whilst planning their first novel, travellers can mingle with similarly creatively-minded types at restaurant/bar Bedford & Co.