CONTENT 2011 at the Ace Hotel

Art & Design
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I walk down the 2nd floor hallway of the Ace Hotel early in the Saturday evening and the conversation lingering at the end of the hall is about the size of the ax in room 228; I know right away I’m reaching the Tanner Goods display. There is a pile of freshly tanned hide resting next to an old American flag stretched against the back wall. Their new cast silver tie clip with interchangeable leather center strips (to avoid a color clash) is suitable for any logger-turned-lawyer.

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Also making a presence in the leather accessories field is Draught Dry Goods, a recent transplant to Portland from Missoula, Montana, presenting an impressive show in room 208. Not wasting anytime to win over the detail-conscious Portland crowd, the custom sewn leather handlebar grips branded with “Content 2011″ are the show stopper.

In fact, all of room 208 is filled with wish list items including a waxed canvas weekender bag built tough enough to tackle any adventure and the tan leather Olivier Camera Strap with brass detailing that instantly classes up any camera. Draught Dry Goods owner, Caesy Oney, christened his Portland workshop with the camera strap two months ago.

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Each room for Content was uniquely designed, some of which totally abandoned the hotel room décor, like dress designer Sarah Seven, whose elegant examples of her Spring 2012 Bridal Collection were breathtaking against a pitch black backdrop. Pictured is the beautiful Bethany Gosvener wearing the “Practically Perfect” wedding dress.

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Other note-worthy rooms include the strobe-light shower party room of REIF and the Duchess Clothier party aftermath in room 220 where articles of clothing were hastily discarded amongst piles of condom wrappers, empty cigarette boxes, and cold pizza; all tied together with a note written in red lipstick on the shower wall giving thanks for the good time.

Words and photographs by Ryan Donaldson

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