The Ace Hotel X Steven Harrington X Generic Surplus

The Ace Hotel X Steven Harrington X Generic Surplus

Generic Surplus and Ace Hotel Palm Springs reunite this summer to present an innovative take on the Borstal shoe through the eyes of artist, Steven Harrington. Drawing cues from Southern Californian culture and the unique Palm Springs landscape, the collection reflects the color scheme and textures of the astonishing mountains, the cool blues of the pools and the desert that surrounds the hotel. Incorporating the cotton weave patterned fabric Rattan into the staple style’s design and featuring graphic artist Steven Harrington’s artwork on the insole and shoe box, the result is an original, easy-to-wear shoe perfect for poolside as well as a stroll through the desert sand.

“Just last summer I worked on a three day long art project out in Joshua Tree California. We needed a place to stay overnight to recharge and rest, so my introduction to the Ace Hotel in palm springs made for the perfect desert oasis,” adds Harrington. “When Generic Surplus approached me to collaborate on the Ace Hotel project this year, it seemed like the perfect fit. So once again, I find myself exploring the endless amounts of possibilities the desert has to offer.”

 

'Roadside Attraction' Video

What do space portals, the ying-yang symbol and a psychedelic tee-pee have in common? Everything if you're artist, Steven Harrington. Last month, Generic Surplus, The Ace Hotel and Swim Club Palm Springs and Harrington launched a three-way collaboration inspired by space, time, balance and graphic elements found in the California desert during both Coachella weekends. As part of the project, Harrington translated these elements into a large-scale mural on the grounds of the Ace as passers-by were drawn into conversation making their own conclusions about their desert-based festival experience. Watch and listen as Harrington explains the inspiration behind the mural and why Generic Surplus and The Ace were the perfect vehicle to realize his vision.

 

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