6 New Downtown Boutiques to Shop This Winter

Trendy sneaks, a Swedish import, locally designed jewelry, luxury knits, and more renew Aspen’s retail scene.

By Katie Shapiro November 29, 2016 Published in the Holiday 2016 issue of Aspen Sojourner

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Kith x Columbia Sportswear Bugaboo Collection coat, $600 at Kith in Aspen. 

430 E. Cooper Ave.

Kith, the New York City sneaker mecca and lifestyle brand, pops up shop in Aspen for the winter. The conceptual space, designed by avant-garde design firm and longtime Kith collaborator Snarkitecture, will stock hard-to-find and limited-edition Nikes, Asics, Adidas, and more. Plus, a new collab with Columbia Sportswear features the type of throwback jackets you rocked in the ’90s. Doors open December 10, with no officially announced closing date.

Kathryn Penn Fine Jewelry
431 E. Hopkins Ave.

After a brief hiatus, longtime local jeweler Kathryn Penn returns with a pop-up for the season. The store in Caribou Alley showcases her original designs as well as pieces from Vivaan, Andreoli, and estate finds. Kathryn Penn Fine Jewelry debuts December 10 and will be open, including evening hours, through March 31. 970-379-5904

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Golden Fur Vest, $419 at Odd Molly in Aspen.

Odd Molly
613 E. Cooper Ave.

Straight out of Sweden, and already a style staple at European resorts like Åre and St. Moritz, Odd Molly offers clothing with a mountain-meets-bohemian vibe. Amp up your après look with a pair of patterned leggings, a fringed poncho, and moccasins—topped off with a matched set of hat, scarf, and gloves. The store is one of three North American flagships in Colorado (including Vail and Boulder)970-925-2250,

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465 E. Hopkins Ave.

Shopkeepers frequently come and go, but Heidi Semrau kept her feet firmly planted on East Hopkins Avenue since 1997 at her beloved boutique, Distractions. Now she’s handed over the keys to Meg and Armand Margjeka, owners of the popular Birmingham, Alabama–based store Etc.... Frequent visitors to Aspen, the Margjekas plan to continue Semrau’s legacy, keeping the same management and a similar mix of well-edited collections from indie designers like Libertine and Greg Lauren. They’ve also added a roster of fine jewelers, including Cathy Waterman, Marla Aaron, and Moritz Glik, along with men’s labels from Armand’s concept store, Open Shop 970-544-9946,

Valentina Kova
208 South Mill St.

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Noel Sweater, $1,694 at Valentina Kova in Aspen. 

New York-based Valentina Kova—a celebrity cult favorite for its luxury wovens and knitwear—has headed west for a “Winter Residence” in the former Fendi space. Stocking its beloved signature statement pieces along with fine jewelry, the boutique  also offers a capsule collection of 10 pieces exclusively sold at altitude, including cashmere, knits, and furs ($650–$4,900).

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Edie Parker for The Little Nell "ZG" and "Chill" clutches, $1,495 at The Little Nell in Aspen.

Aspen at The Little Nell
675 E. Durant Ave.

On December 19, just in time for last minute holiday gifts, The Little Nell debuts the chicest hotel lobby gift shop in town (or anywhere, really) stocking trendy threads from White + Warren, Alp-n-Rock, and Alicia Adams along with accessories from Vivo and stemware from Zalto. At the top of our list lies their custom commissioned clutches by It bag designer Edie Parker. 970-920-4600,

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