Word of Mouth: San Juan

Puerto Rico and its bounty of historic sites, stunning coastlines and friendly locals

As soon as you touch down in San Juan, warm vibes greet your face. From the sun beaming down to the super hospitable locals, Puerto Rico’s capital is a refreshing welcome to anyone escaping the winter doldrums or seeking to learn more about the city’s historic port, which was once the main gate for entering the New World. Americans don’t even need a passport to …

Ace Hotel + Alpha Industries

A waterproof fishtail parka to brave all elements

After ending 2012 on a high note with their Crescent Down Works puffy coat collab, the Ace Hotel starts the new year with another partnership, this time with heritage military garment maker Alpha Industries. The minimalist styling of the Fishtail Parka, a classic jacket based on the US Army M-65 parka, gives this iteration an approachable look and an air of credibility. Made of washed, …

Ace Hotel + Crescent Down Works

Two brands from the Pacific Northwest team up to produce a weather-ready down jacket

Having recently been reminded of the harsh, persistent weather in the Pacific Northwest over the holidays it makes perfect sense to see the latest collaboration from Seattle-based outerwear brand Crescent Down Works and Portland’s Ace Hotel. The quilted down jacket is entirely manufactured in Seattle and topped with 700-fill local goose down. The outer is made of time-honored 60/40 nylon, a naturally water repellent material …