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Grand Openings on Aspen's Retail Scene for Winter 2022

Designer denim, sustainably sourced cashmere, and a whole lot of Western wear—find these and more at Aspen’s newest stores.

By Cindy Hirschfeld December 21, 2021 Published in the Winter/Spring 2021-22 issue of Aspen Sojourner


 Aspen’s new Balenciaga boutique

Image: Karl Wolfgang

Downtown Aspen has undergone its seasonal retail shuffle, which—as has been the pattern since at least last winter—was unusually busy. And that means all sorts of new things to discover on the retail front.

Adding to Aspen’s superlative collection of luxury fashion houses—Prada, Dior, Gucci, Valentino, and more—Balenciaga recently came to 204 S Galena St. Meanwhile, for an eclectic selection of high-end women’s pieces from indie designers like Molly Goddard, Cool TM, and Thom Browne, look to Peri.A, which opened its second location outside L.A. at 520 E Durant Ave.

Hunting for home décor favorite Chequers? The venerable Aspen boutique has relocated to 602 E Hyman Ave. In its place at 520 E Cooper Ave: Miron Crosby, the Dallas-based maker of custom cowboy boots, brings its second studio to Aspen. Sisters Lizzie Means Duplantis and Sarah Means launched the company in 2017 after stints in finance and at shoe brand Loffler Randall, respectively. Join fans like Kacey Musgraves and Gwyneth Paltrow in dreaming up a pair of bespoke boots while sampling a signature tequila cocktail.

Speaking of cowboy boots, also moving house is Tecovas, the Western wear emporium that opened its first Colorado store here last summer. Find its handmade boots and more at 410 E Hyman Ave (former longtime home of the Omnibus Gallery). Adding even more Western flair is Maverick’s of Santa Fe, which offers women’s clothing, Native American jewelry, and men’s and women’s boots at 402 S Galena St.

Apparently, some consider cowboy boots the new sneakers. For those who prefer the real thing, head to Kith, which opens at 228 S Mill St after popping up in Aspen a few winters ago. In addition to kicks from Nike, New Balance, Converse, and more, the New York cult streetwear brand—known for its Monday drops of limited-edition merch—carries athleisure wear for men and women, including a slew of limited-edition collabs.

Felix Roasting Co.

For a shopping pick-me-up, stop in at Felix Roasting Co., the boutique New York City coffee purveyor that opened its third location in the Hotel Jerome’s former Library space this fall (330 E Main St). A lavender honeycomb latte—raw cacao, espresso-infused steamed sweet cream, a burnt honey and caramel honeycomb toffee, and fresh-picked rosemary and lavender—should give you a unique energy boost.

A cute sweater for under $100 in Aspen? It exists, along with other clothing, accessories, shoes, and gifts for adults and kids, at Harper and Hudson, which debuted at 409 S Hunter St midsummer. Owners Ashley and Jeff Palm also run a printing and design business, and many items include the pair’s whimsical custom graphics.

Two brands that started with denim and expanded their styles open up shop locally in December: Re/Done at 432 E Hyman Ave and Citizens of Humanity at 520 E Hyman Ave. Top off that pair of Re/Done stovepipe jeans, reconstructed from vintage Levi’s, with a hoodie from Naked Cashmere, the direct-to-consumer brand that opened at 555 E Durant Ave. The perfect showstopper accessory? An exquisite watch from A. Lange and Söhne; Meridian Jewelers is opening a storefront dedicated to the German legacy brand at 529 E Cooper Ave. Or perhaps a self-winding Royal Oak timepiece from Audemars Piguet; find the Swiss luxury watchmaker at 435 E Hyman Ave.

Bundle up against the cold at Canadian outerwear brand Mackage, which pops up for the winter at 516 E Hyman Ave with winter-worthy down jackets and parkas, wool coats, and leather jackets for men and women. And at Italian leather goods store Henry Beguelin, jackets are joined by exquisitely crafted bags, shoes, and accessories; the brand reopens in Aspen, after a several-year absence, at 406 S Galena St.

After you’ve flexed your wallet, loosen up your body at the Aspen branch of national chain Stretch Zone, which quietly opened last spring at 601 E Hopkins Ave. A practitioner gently guides you through 30 minutes of stretches to increase your range of motion. It works pretty great après-ski, too.

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