Word of Mouth: Pittsburgh

A city changing from industrial icon to a culinary and cultural hub, much to the delight of locals and visitors alike

Pittsburgh, moated off from its suburbs by the ribboning of three rivers (the Allegheny and Monongahela and Ohio) finds itself in the midst of a revolution. On the banks lie—vacant and, in many people’s eyes, obtrusive—the remnants of a fruitful industrial economy. Steel mills, smog and successful, sinful businesspeople make up the foundation of Pittsburgh history, but since the turn of the 21st century, imagination, …

Object_ify 139 + Ace Hotel’s Flag Project

Commissioning nine artists to create designs that represent their ideals, and support their chosen organization

After collaborating last year in NYC, Object_ify 139 and Ace Hotel have teamed up on a new project that celebrates design, supports activist organizations and explores hopeful and important values for the future. Simply called “Flags,” the endeavor was born from the disappointment of the 2016 US Presidential elections and the consequential protests and overwhelming action from the public. Commissioning nine artists to design a …

Interview: KARA Founder and Designer Sarah Law

On office culture, getting ripped off by big brands and her new collaborative backpack with Ace Hotel

KARA bags appeared from nowhere and suddenly were everywhere, from the shoulders of design-lovers to actors and the Insta-famous. The now-signature leather backpacks are instantly recognizable, despite bearing no branding aside from a discreetly embossed label on the zipper tags. The line has grown to include crossbodies, totes and more, all designed to show off the high-quality materials, be it pebble-grained leather or lamb shearling. …