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SHE MAKES A VILLAGE
Starting with the interiors of a student hotel that her husband and business partner, Tim Kemp, bought in the 1980s, Kit Kemp has since outfitted a wildly popular and ever-expanding line of boutique hotels. To date, Firmdale owns and operates seven hotels in London. Bold colors, contrasting fabrics and patterns and one-off pieces bought at ...
“It’s really fantastic that we’re attracting guests who are adding their touches to the hotel. And, at the end of the day, it is about the guest.”
... art fairs and galleries around the globe make up the mélange that has evolved into the Kit Kemp look. In 2010, Firmdale opened its first venture abroad, the Crosby Street Hotel, in New York’s SoHo district. The wait has apparently been well worth it. In a neighborhood renowned for long-legged models, advertising executives, and Wall Street lions, the Crosby has emerged as a quirky home base for locals. New York City's tastemakers attend the Sunday cinema nights in the hotel’s screening room, guests and their friends lounge in the landscaped garden or bar and numerous chickens strut and peck their way along the Crosby’s organic roof garden. One of the special things about Kemp's hotels is that they keep evolving. In fact, guests are a vital part of this transformation. As Kemp puts it: "It’s really fantastic that we’re attracting guests who are adding their touches to the hotel. And, at the end of the day, it is about the guest. If we make people feel like individuals, then they want to contribute something."