C California Style

When in… Downtown Los Angeles

by C California Style

C INSIDER: Kelly Sawdon

Kelly Sawdon. PHOTO: Lindsey Byrnes.

Kelly Sawdon. PHOTO: Lindsey Byrnes.

It’s safe to say Kelly Sawdon is a power player in Downtown Los Angeles’ current cultural renaissance. As partner and chief brand officer of ultrahip boutique chain Ace Hotel (acehotel.com), Sawdon is the creative force behind its Broadway locale and event hub, The Theatre at Ace Hotel. Says Sawdon, “It’s been really inspiring to see new galleries and museums like The Broad and the Howard Griffin Gallery pop up and an influx of talented designers like Black Crane and Heidi Merrick setting up shop.” Here, Sawdon’s neighborhood highlights: • Zinc Cafe & Market A go-to for tea or glass of wine. zinccafe.com. • A.P.C. They have been been collaborators with the hotel for a while. They always have beautifully simple and timeless pieces. apc.fr. • Sushi Gen This restaurant in Little Tokyo is unrivaled in quality. sushigen-dtla.com. • The Theatre at Ace Hotel I’m really excited to see Seu Jorge’s The Life Aquatic tribute to David Bowie, happening late next month. Nov. 26-28; theatre.acehotel.com. • It’s so rare for the city to have such a concentration of distinct buildings, from the historic theaters along Broadway to the Bradbury Building and its ornate bird-cage elevators, or the gorgeous turquoise Eastern Columbia Building. • Lindsay Kindelon.


At the intersection of art and fashion, the City of Angels’ cultural metropolis is the perfect backdrop for fall’s punchy looks: