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Palm Springs with Chantel Pae

STORY BY RACHEL SCHWARTZMANN – Follow ChantelDiscover ARRIVE – PHOTOS BY Mikaela Hamilton FOR THE STYLE LINE

Ask Chantel Pae, and she’ll tell you that Palm Springs

has truly become a destination within the last few years. As the Director of Brand Marketing for ARRIVE Hotels & Restaurants, one could say that our featured interviewee is part of the driving force behind the city’s explosive growth; especially given the fact that much of Chantel’s day-to-day revolves around cultivating community and interest around Palm Springs culture.

While the Hawaiian native spends the majority of her week at ARRIVE’s Los Angeles headquarters, she contends that Palm Springs has become somewhat of a second home and a constant source of inspiration. Known for its affinity for design and growing creative community, Chantel takes great pride in integrating Palm Spring’s inherently creative roots into ARRIVE’s dynamic experience for both hotel visitors and city dwellers alike. As she mentioned in our interview below: “The brand message of ARRIVE is – and always will be – built for the neighborhood. We aim to bring locals and travelers together in a space where it feels everything is aligned, a crossroads if you will. It’s a treat to watch the neighborhood grow.”

Speaking more to that idea and with Chantel’s professional endeavors aside, we were excited to have the opportunity to further explore this wondrous city through the lens of a true local. Below you’ll find the full story (featuring beautifully captured photos by Mikaela Hamilton for The Style Line) that highlights our sunny afternoon with Chantel who kindly took us around ARRIVE’s awe-inducing property which hosts two of Palm Spring’s beloved local businesses. Without giving too much away, also enjoy Chantel’s thoughts on defining west coast culture, life in California and what it means to her to contribute to a business that is rooted in discovery.

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  • palm springs chantel pae the style line arrive hotels
  • palm springs chantel pae the style line arrive hotels

Hi there, I’m Chantel.

Besides, my role as the Director of Brand Marketing for ARRIVE Hotels & Restaurants, I love discovering new spots to eat–I love food–and vintage shopping. There’s really nothing better than being in a unique space, with delicious food and good music. This shared message–found in Nat Geo’s Travel section–seems fitting; “Good food often leads to good music, and good music leads to good people,” article by Denver Nicks. It’s the experiences and stories from each that I value most out of life.

Tell us more about Palm Springs. How would you describe the creative community here, and how has it played a role in your profession?

I’m based out of our HQ in Los Angeles, but Palm Springs has quickly become a second home since I started with ARRIVE. The creative community has really grown in my eyes over the past few years. It’s a small town, so you can imagine it’s easy to find who the creatives are out here. A big portion my role relies on being in tune and working with the community–this includes Greater Palm Springs and the High Desert. The brand message of ARRIVE is – and always will be – built for the neighborhood. We aim to bring locals and travelers together in a space where it feels everything is aligned, a crossroads if you will. It’s a treat to watch the neighborhood grow.

We love the city’s penchant for design – with that said, would you say Palm Springs dwellers value aesthetics and style? How has this element of life here inspired your thoughts on aesthetics?

It’s remarkable how this city’s design makes you feel like you’ve entered a time capsule. The locals and transplants have found a home here because of the design and style. Not only do they embrace it but they also celebrate it with Modernism Week, a week-long appreciation of Palm Springs culture. It may be strange to say but Palm Springs reminds me a lot of home (Hawai’i), the city’s penchant is protected here, as it is in Hawai’i. If you look closely Oahu, Hawai’i also has a lot of hidden mid-century modern attributes scattered throughout the city. All in all, this feels like home even when you’re passing through.

Would you say the Palm Springs small business community has a position on sustainability?

Yes, absolutely. Palm Springs has only become more of a destination over the years. Goldenvoice has been a huge part of this growth with their festivals, Coachella and Splash House. These festivals drive traffic to keep small businesses sustainable, helping them grow and thrive during the high and low season. With now Modernism Week picking up speed, I only see this city becoming busier as time goes on.

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ARRIVE Palm Springs

Address: 1551 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

“My favorite thing about the pool area is the instant feeling that rushes over, that feeling that you’re here now in Palm Springs. It’s perfectly centralized on the property and the surroundings showcase everything Palm Springs has to offer–the space paying homage to Mid-Century Modern Architecture: CorTen steel and Butterfly roofs, Palm trees and San Jacinto mountains. Aside from that, I love that our pool area is open to the neighborhood (public), allowing others the experience what’s been created here.”

Shop Chantel’s Look: Cali Dreaming Gauze Top $110 and Wrap Skirt $239 and Schutz x REVOLVE Murana Platform $200

As someone who is so immersed in Palm Springs life, what is one question you hope more people will ask you when first visiting the city?

I’d like to see more people ask about where they can find the local musicians, artists, and creatives in this city. I’ve come across talented artists out here and would love to see more of them embraced as part of the city’s culture.

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“We aim to bring locals and travelers together in a space where it feels everything is aligned, a crossroads if you will. It’s a treat to watch the neighborhood grow.”

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Ice Cream & Shop(pe)

Address: 1551 N Palm Canyon Dr a, Palm Springs, CA 92262

“I seriously love everything about Ice Cream & Shop(pe), here’s why: they’re open until 11pm on weekdays and midnight on weekend (late night cravings satisfied), rotating flavor list with the most unique housemade flavors (rosewater, lavender, Mexican chocolate and more), neon signs and of course their gift shop carries some of my favorite brands (BANDO, Sunnylife and everything fun).”

Shop Chantel’s Look: Flynn Skye Bardot Maxi Dress $198 and Schutz x REVOLVE Murana Platform $200

In general, what should we be more aware of/thoughtful about west coast life?

Well for starters, the west coast is quite large. One city can’t be represented as the entire coast and LA should not be the dominant factor defining the west coast. There’s so much more to explore within and around Los Angeles, subcultures within cities that hold qualities that may have been unknown. The way I see it, each city has a story and its purpose. It’s up to the traveler to decide which city fits best in their adventures.

What is one question you wish people asked you more often?

Who do you think is making a difference in the community?    

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“It’s remarkable how this city’s design makes you feel like you’ve entered a time capsule. The locals and transplants have found a home here because of the design and style.”

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Customs Coffee 

Address: 1551 N Palm Canyon Dr c, Palm Springs, CA 92262

“Joshua Tree Coffee Co. is served here, which is a local roaster and favorite. The space feels really fun unlike any other coffee shop here in Palm Springs. You’ll find ornamental velour wallpaper on one end, colorful midmod luggage tag wallpaper on the other, glass star light fixtures hanging from the ceiling and green push pin seating–every corner there’s a picturesque moment.”

Shop Chantel’s Look: LACUSA dress (Similar, $56) and J.Crew sandals (Similar, $80)

How would you advise the next generation of writers, style mavens and creatives to leave an imprint in the world simply by doing what they love?

I know it seems cliché but trusting your gut has really worked out for me. If it feels right, do it. If it doesn’t, don’t. At the end of the day, you need to be happy. What matters most is how you feel about the work you did and how that affected the world.

“The way I see it, each city has a story and its purpose. It’s up to the traveler to decide which city fits best in their adventures.”