On Tuesday, the architectural committee voted to approve developer Eric Blumenfeld's renovation design plans for the Divine Lorraine Hotel, which call for 109 apartment units in the upper floors, a sunken outdoor garden area on the south side of the building, and a small handful of restaurants along the ground floor. As if life couldn't get any sweeter for fans of the Divine Ms.L, here now, before the dilapidated building's metamorphosis, a local artist seeks to encapsulate the iconic building's mid-century hotel luxury in a limited-edition collection of merchandise, available Friday.
A collaboration between designer Najeeb Sheikh and menswear and sneaker boutique Lapstone & Hammer, the collection celebrates Philly's unabashed love affair with the Divine Ms. L, sticking close to the hotel theme.
"Sheikh designed a Divine Lorraine stamped hotel room tray, monogrammed robes and towels, and even a stamped grooming kit. It's a two-part collection, the designer tells the Inquirer. There are things you may find in a hotel gift shop — the T-shirts, crewnecks, a hat, a keychain — then there's the stuff "that one would steal from a functioning hotel" including the tray, towel, robes, grooming kit and a shoe-shining kit."
The collection's launch is set for Friday, July 31st. The event takes place at 7 p.m. at Lapstone & Hammer (1106 Chestnut St.), and will include fresh-spun tunes via DJ Excel, and a Divine Lorraine multi-media art exhibit featuring huge photos of the hotel's interior.