Forget the traditional kitschy gift shop—upscale hotels are stepping up their game with high-end retail that features some of the biggest names in the fashion industry. The Los Angeles Times reports on properties that are showcasing—and collaborating on—luxe items:
•For the second year, the Standard hotels including the property in downtown Los Angeles) have partnered with surf-style brand Quiksilver to sell board shorts, bikinis, and sunglasses in poolside vending machines.
•The Mondrian West Hollywood features the wares of retailer Ron Robinson, along with Stephen Webster jewelry and Apothia beauty products.
•W Hotel Times Square channels an exclusive boutique with merchandise such as Melissa jelly shoes, chic gift books, and jeweled dresses.
•The Ace Hotel in Manhattan showcases two New York City retailers, Project No. 8 and Opening Ceremony, offering everything from outlet adapters to handbags made of soccer balls.
•Hat maker Stephen Jones and handbag designer Louise Hempleman have created items exclusively for the Dorchester Collection’s locations, including the Beverly Hills Hotel.
•The Four Seasons Hualalai resort in Hawaii has increased revenue thanks to its Seaside Luxe retail outlet, offering everything from beachwear to one-of-a-kind jewelry.