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Chic Hotels Created By Fashion Designers

When it comes to streetwear and sneakers, Armani, Ksubi and A Ma Maniere are likely household names to many. However, it’s these brand’s other ventures that you may want to explore before your next holiday. The designers behind these names have opened up their own hotels which, like their retail products, are very much on-trend.

While the transition from fashion to hotelier may initially seem unconventional, the benefits of designers’ creative minds, knack for originality and their eagle-eyed attention to detail is one that translates perfectly.

After all, who better to deck out your next hotel room than those who define what’s in style? Here, we take a look at the design hotels developed by some of the world’s leaders in style.

The Palazzo Versace, Queensland

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Image: The Palazzo Versace / Facebook

Located on our very own soil in Queensland, The Palazzo by Versace, which opened in 2000, was the world’s first fashion branded hotel. Created to reflect the environment that inspired Gianni Versace when he founded the fashion house in 1978, the waterfront property is nothing short of spectacular.

Its details like a huge antique chandelier that once shone in the grand State Library of Milan, which weighs over 750kgs, to the cathedral marble in the men’s toilets imported from Italy set it apart from your standard hotel.

If you’re after a fully decadent experience, then you can’t go wrong with Versace. Everything in the Palazzo in authentic Versace” from the dinnerware and cushions, to the bedding and toiletries. In fact, word has it that $10,000 a month is spent on dinnerware alone.

Shinola, Detroit

If you haven’t yet checked out the products of watch brand Shinola, you probably should. While you’re at it, you should also check out their brand spanking new hotel in Detroit, America. The emerging label has been dubbed “the coolest brand in America” and has been splashed across features in Vogue, Vanity Fair and GQ, as well as being featured on Jimmy Kimmel.

Self-described as not just a space – but an experience – the hotel stays true to the authentic American theme of the brand. Built in two restored buildings – an old T.B. Rayl & Co. sporting goods and hardware store and a former Singer sewing-machine store – the urban energy is palpable through the entire structure.

However, it’s the itemised price list of room amenities which demonstrate the quality of product the hotel puts in the rooms. Unlike other design hotels, where you’ll be charged a mere $30 should a Terry towel robe mysteriously go missing, at Shinola you’ll be reaching a little further into your pocket if items need replacing. The list reads with prices like the blanket ($295), the speakers ($1,500), the Runwell desk clock ($295) a dual-plug power cord ($145) and even the leather tasselled keyring is priced at $65.

Armani Hotel, Milan

The beauty of the Armani Hotel Milano is in its minimalistic interior design that you would come to expect of Italy’s most famous designer, Giorgio Armani. The stark but stylish rooms are decked out in hues of cream, beige and pearl and haves sleekly designed of storage areas that recess into walls for a clutter-free look. If you’re after unadulterated luxury, book a presidential suite that’s decked out with a winding marble staircase.

In-room iPads control the lights, curtains, music and temperature, as well as serving as means of entertainment, that allow guests internet access and a selection of movies to watch on the TV.

The hotel boasts a Michelin starred restaurant, Armani/Ristorante, which overlooks the romantic Italian skyline. Here you’ll have the option to enjoy delicious traditional Italian from a degustation menu or a truffle menu.

Armani Hotel Milano successfully ties together the sophistication and elegance that Armani’s famous for – all a stone’s throw away from one of the world’s best shopping districts.

The Slow, Bali

Ever since its inception, streetwear brand Kusbi (or Tsubi for the purists) has been popular for its minimalist approach and its ability to somehow effortlessly capture the essence of cool – and its hotel counterpart, The Slow, situated in Canggu, Bali, is no exception.

Tropical Brustism was the theme that Australian founders and designers of the clothing brand, Gareth Moody and George Gorrow has in mind when creating this hotel. While the concept may sound vague, once you set eyes on The Slow’s features like polished concrete couches, thatched roofs with hanging greenery and treehouse-like timber fixtures, the theme makes perfect sense.

The suites themselves reflect the hotel’s tagline, ‘get here fast, take it slow’, intended to inspire guests to unwind and relax from their busy day to day life. Switching TV’s for glossy coffee table books, they’re fitted with huge floor to ceiling windows which swivel open to views of lush Balinese greenery and in some rooms – private pools.

Like their designs, no small detail is spared, so, of course, the food at The Slow is equally as impressive as the rest of the hotel. With a background working in Michelin starred restaurants and as head chef of Jamie Oliver’s iconic London restaurant, Fifteen, Robin Holgren leads the kitchen crew in creating original dishes that will very likely go down as your best meal on the island.

A Ma Maniere, Washington DC

It was A Ma Maniere’s collar with Adidas that really got them known in the streetwear scene. However, if you thought they peaked at their fraternisation with the global brand, then you’d be sorely mistaken. Last year the Atlanta based brand opened their second store in downtown Washington DC, and perched above their retail shop is two achingly cool hotel suites.

Featuring George Condo artwork (a noted favourite artist of Kanye West), hanging basketball planters filled with thriving green plants, and tonnes of natural lighting, it’s blatantly obvious that the rooms were designed by with someone with a talented eye for style. A Ma Maniere takes it a step further with completely personalising your stay at their hotel. Upon reservation, guests will complete a questionnaire to let the team know their likes and dislikes, favourite brands, favourite music and, of course, their Instagram handle.

(Lead images: The Slow / supplied) 

Published 06 September, 2019