Apart from the obvious difference of snow versus sea, Aspen and Nantucket have a lot in common; we’re both tight-knit resort communities that emphasize outdoors activities and attract a larger-than-average share of deep-pocketed visitors. It’s not uncommon for people to spend the winter playing or working here, then head to the island for the summer. So it’s no surprise that we share a couple of businesses, too, like Grey Lady restaurant and the boutique C.J. Laing.
Add to that pipeline two newcomers this winter: Res Ipsa and Olivela. Started by former lawyers Josh Moore and Odini Gogo after an inspirational trip to Turkey, Res Ipsa became known for its brightly patterned men’s and women’s footwear and travel bags, all made from vintage kilims. The Aspen boutique—second to the flagship store in Nantucket, which debuted last summer—opened in a beautifully remodeled space in the Cowenhoven building (505 E Hyman Ave). Also featured: a menswear capsule collection and camouflage pony hair bags, both exclusive to the Aspen shop, plus apparel and accessories from a selection of handpicked emerging brands.
Olivela, the philanthropy-minded, fashion-forward online retailer founded by entrepreneur Stacey Boyd in 2017, opened its first brick-and-mortar shop in Nantucket last summer and its second one here this winter (427 E Hyman Ave). The company’s singular twist: 20 percent of net proceeds from every purchase go to education nonprofits. So get your fix of clothing and jewelry from cool, indie brands like Danse Lente and Marei 1998, and luxury stalwarts like Tod’s and Max Mara, and help send girls to school. Now that’s smart.