We Are The Desert Collective
With Founder and Creative Director Jaime Kowal at the helm, The Desert Collective is a growing collection of inspired spaces that began in her beloved Palm Springs with the development of The Amado, The Junipero, Ernest Coffee and Bootlegger Tiki, and has now grown to encompass two historical properties in the exquisite wine county of Prince Edward County in Canada as well named The Ferg and The Wilky Way.
It's been five years now since our first property The Amado opened its doors! We love our guests who continue to surprise and delight us with their wild and wacky stories, parties and to-die-for outfits. Our peeps include everyone from fashionable influencers from Munich to foodies from Brooklyn and design-loving grandparents from Vancouver. We’re all encompassing. It’s about good times and good people. Our three boutique accommodations exist to provide a point of connection for our friends and lovers from every corner of the globe to come together.
Jaime’s 18-year career as a freelance photographer and boutique hotelier has taken her to over 30 countries spanning six continents, providing travel and lifestyle imagery for commercial and editorial clients including The New York Times, delicious. magazine, Vogue Living Australia, Dwell, and Condé Nast Traveler.
Jaime was nominated as a '40 under 40' by Palm Springs Life Magazine in 2014, featured on the cover of Thrive Magazine as a proponent of creativity in business in 2015 and featured in Travel & Leisure Magazine in 2016 as an entrepreneur to watch. Most recently Jaime has been selected by Tumi as a Global Brand Ambassador with a campaign that launched January 2018.
Jaime works between Los Angeles, Toronto and Palm Springs where over the past five years she has co-founded and designed a number of design-driven hospitality projects including The Amado, The Junipero, Ernest Coffee, Bootlegger Tiki, The Ferg and The Wilky Way.
Anna is an actor working in film, television, theatre and voiceover in Toronto and across Canada. With a penchant for getting things done, Anna also writes and produces. She founded the theatre company Rip Jaw Productions and produced and performed in the critically-acclaimed World Premiere of John Patrick Shanley’s A Woman Is A Secret. Anna can be found Guest Starring as Ms. Peach on the new Disney series Raising Expectations, the brainchild of Tom Saunders (Arrested Development).
When not acting, Anna can be found on a yoga mat, a surf board, a pair of skis or renovating old homes. Anna opened The Ferg with Jaime in Prince Edward County in 2015.
Aaron David is a resourceful and experienced real estate developer who has worked on projects in both the commercial and residential realms. He is currently Head of Development for a sustainably-developed resort on Alexander Island in Prince Edward County - a stunning stretch of wildlife preserve which will soon boast an environmentally friendly collection of prefab beachfront accommodation.
Aaron is the Co-Founder of The Wilky Way with Jaime in Prince Edward County.
Megan is an energetic cross fit coach with an eye for design and problem solving. Megan is the Property Manager for The Amado providing exceptional service to our guests from across the globe. Megan is based in Palm Springs, CA.