At 02Aspen yoga studio, about a quarter mile from the center of town, you’ll find sleek workout gear and casual wear plus extras like scented soy candles.
The British brand sells its men’s, women’s and accessories lines here.
A selection of the French luxury brand’s new collections are always on offer.
Very hip, very wearable styles by such top-name designers as Lily & Cie, Marc Jacobs and Balenciaga.
The Italian designer showcases a selection of the collection suited to Aspen living.
Of course, you will find signature bags and furs here but you will also discover mountain appropriate sweaters and parkas.
Every fall I look forward to the arrival of the Gorsuch catalog, its pages filled with elegant ski outfits, après-ski wear and sumptuous coats and jackets. The company’s Aspen boutique in the North of Nell building has a range of styles from traditional Austrian jackets and lederhosen to fashion-forward styles from Etro, Cavalli and Burberry. Unfortunately, in my experience, the service is lackluster if not downright dismissive.
Tucked alongside the still trendy Mezzaluna, Henry Beguelin has a distinctly mountain-chic aesthetic. The handcrafted leather bags and accessories have an artisanal boho feel.
Silver belt buckles for the Texas oil baron or wannabe. J.R. of Dallas fame would be pleased by the selection, including buckles that boast $ signs and lone stars.
This sliver of a shop is the best place in town for lingerie, bras, underwear and pantyhose, including Spanx.
Just next door to J. Crew is Louis Vuitton with a selection of its men’s, women’s and accessoreies collections.
Only a snowballs toss from the Gondola, Malo is the place to go for cashmere sweaters, hats, gloves and scarves. The Italian brand is known for its superb quality and luscious colors.
Like Malo, Manrico is an Italian company known for its gorgeous cashmere fashions, but they also sell cashmere sheets, which seem particularly suited to the Rocky Mountain nights.
If Dennis Basso furs are a bit too glam for your kind of Aspen living, you should try Mark Richards. He specializes in leather, shearling and fur coats that are beautifully made but slightly understated.
The cult parka brand Moncler chose Aspen as the first place in the U.S. to open a boutique. With men’s coats on one side and women on the other, the store features down puffy jackets that have raised the bar in mountain form-meets-function fashions. You can see why so many Aspen closets now boast rows of Monclers in a rainbow of colors.
This tiny shop’s trim slacks, sexy cocktail dresses and whisper-light cashmere sweaters are what well-dressed Aspenites are wearing.
Some call Paige Gamble a lesser known Judith Leiber as she is clearly a handbag heroine. She creates one-of-a-kind purses and belts out of materials like python, ostrich, alligator and stingray and incorporates stones and various embellishments.
If you are looking for stylish ski clothes and want a wider selection than Moncler and something a little more European in feeling than Gorsuch, consider Performance Ski, which carries brands like Prada, Post Card and Jet Set.
Pitkin County Dry Goods
Pitkin County Dry Goods, which opened in 1969, carries a mouthwatering selection of leather and shearling coats from France and Italy as well as fun basics (clingy tees by James Perse, skinny Seven jeans and, this past winter, fur-lined trapper hats).
The big retail news in Aspen this year was Tenet, a pop-up shop selling trendy men’s clothing from designers like Gitman Bros, Isaora, Rag and Bone and Robert James. The motto for “the haute mountain lifestyle.” Thankfully, the shop has extended its lease and will have a summer season as well.
The Little Bird Boutique
Credit the economic recession, but Aspen’s favorite consignment shop (some call it vintage) has moved to a brighter, more central location. The Little Bird sells gently used or almost new luxury fashion and accessories from such brands as Hermès, Chanel, Prada and Vuitton. When many of the town’s most stylish ladies tire of last season’s pieces, this is where they send them. Aspen’s first real luxury vintage clothing store also has a wild conglomeration of new designer pieces, silkscreen tees, even sweatshirts. Local Keele Loyd manages her tiny shop with great flair and a real fashion sense that will let everyone who walks in leave looking good.
Two Old Hippies
Only in Aspen (and at their second outpost in Nashville) would you find such a quirky boutique. Two Old Hippies, which opened in summer 2009, carries the toys and clothes that two old hippies would love. On one side of the shop are two rooms displaying beautiful guitars of all kinds; on the other side are a mix of Rock n’ Roll memorabilia (great photos of concerts and bands) along with the clothes that former followers of the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin who now think nothing of dropping $100 on a t-shirt would want to wear like faded t-shirts with embroidered roses and cool studded jean jackets. Don’t miss the cool jewelry and trinkets (wish-bone key rings and Indian charms) at the counter or the baby section, which features onesies with skulls and other irreverent baby gear.
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