ICON OF CULTURE
An artist, retailer, or designer which has been brought to life in the realm of lodging. This Icon can be a resident DJ, permanent or pop-up retailer who has inhabited or opened a hotel, a fashion designer who has jumped into the lodging space, or a curator of it all.
ICON OF CULTURE 2019
Los Angeles, CA
The hotel was the largest commercial building funded by women for women when it opened in 1926 as a safe haven for solo female travelers who were prohibited from checking into most hotels without a male chaperone. Hotel Figueroa gave women the freedom to live uninhibited lives among other like-minded women, and this paradise of feminine energy attracted professional women from all over the world, turning the coffee shop and salons into diverse and intellectual women’s collectives that produced powerful art and activism alike. The hotel fully embraced its social conscience, holding press conferences and political rallies against sexism, racism, and other social issues. Within the walls of the Hotel Figueroa, progress was possible.
ICON OF CULTURE 2018
BEST INDIE HOTEL 2018
Founder of &pizza
Michael Lastoria is a serial entrepreneur known for building companies that are design-driven, culture-centric, brand-led, and most importantly, morally sound. In 2012, Lastoria co-founded &pizza, a fast-casual pizza brand that embodies these values and pays all employees a living wage. Since the brand’s inception, &pizza has been about building something more than just a pizza shop – it’s been about creating an experience, fostering a culture, and creating real change.