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At Atelier Ace, the Ace Hotel’s creative nerve centre,
every day is “bring your dog to work day”.

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“We never planned on having ‘office dogs’,” says Ryan Bukstein. “It just kind of happened naturally, and that’s the magic of it.” It’s the sort of lighthearted, good-spirited thing you’d expect to hear from someone with such a covetable job title as Chief Cultural Engineer of Atelier Ace— the Ace Hotel’s creative nerve centre. From offices in Portland and New York City, Atelier oversees everything from public relations and marketing  to interior design and brand collaborations.  The team has recently curated the capsule collection Atelier Ace x No. 6, which stars the label’s signature clogs. (Previous collaborations include limited-edition Vans sneakers, Pendleton blankets, Moscot sunglasses, and an Apolis scarf.)

Since opening in Seattle in 1999, the Ace has thought outside the box: Loft rooms are kitted out with guitars, turntables, and street art; library-style tables  cater to MacBook-toting creatives in the New York location’s lobby; and a restored 1920s theatre screens cult classics such as skate doc Dogtown and Z-Boys  in Los Angeles. All thanks to the award-winning Atelier, where the hotel’s equally open-minded dog-friendly policy is in full swing. “One of the original founders of the Ace Hotel was a dog owner, so excluding dogs seemed silly,” says Bukstein. “You could easily charge a clean-up fee if you needed to!”

Fifteen years later, the philosophy has found  its way backstage. Atelier Ace is among a number  of companies around the world—from the Amazons to the upstarts—that allow, even encourage,  staff members’ pets to potter around the office.


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Images courtesy of Atelier Ace
Photography by Neil Dacosta and Dina Avila (Portland)  and Lauren Coleman (New York)

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