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jan 21

The latest in hotel/designer collaborations

The limited-edition Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Bosey for the Ace Hotel (shop.acehotel.com)

These days, designer collaborations are about as common as airline fees and security-line controversies—and even hotels have started getting into the game.

The Standard Hotel group was an early proponent of the synergistic approach—launching a line of Quiksilver swim trunks and bikinis in 2009, which were dispensed from vending machines at the hotel chain's four properties. The Standard's next addition: white leather headphones, created with fashion and lifestyle brand WeSC, coming soon.

Another product hot off the workshop floor is the limited-edition Converse All-Star designed exclusively for the Ace Hotel. The military-inspired olive-and-brown high-tops launched early this month, and sell for $100 on the hotel's website. (NB: They appear to have already sold out of all but the smallest sizes, so those with petite feet should hop to it if they're interested and may already be out of luck.)

Of course, no hotel so far has outdone Brussels' new Pantone Hotel (featured in our November 2010 "Best New Boutique Hotels Under $150" story), a seven-story monument to the namesake company's color-matching system. Its gift shop sells one of the largest ranges of Pantone product out there, from cufflinks to coffee mugs and even cruiser bikes, all themed around the company's ubiquitous color-standardization services.

Personally, I'd be psyched to see something smaller and more collectible come onto the scene—a well-designed toothbrush, perhaps, or some really great earplugs. What about you? Would you ever spring for a souvenir from a high-profile (or simply high-style) hotel? [via Refinery29 and Luxist]

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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