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Retail Roundup

This winter, Aspen adds family-owned jewelers, globally inspired boutiques, edgy ski apparel, and more. 

By Tess Weaver December 6, 2022 Published in the Winter/Spring 2022-23 issue of Aspen Sojourner

As the snow begins to fall, Aspen’s retail scene invites shoppers out of the cold and into hot new shops selling everything from clothing handcrafted in Bali and Peru, to female-designed jewelry to statement-making ski apparel and stylish loungewear.

>>  Rue Stiic brings its beachy cool apparel and accessories—most of its pieces are designed, sustainably and ethically handmade, and hand printed in Bali—to the Sandy’s Office Supply building on 630 E. Hyman Ave. 

>>  Cynthia Jankowski, the owner of Aspen Hive, is keeping the mom-and-pop tradition alive in downtown Aspen in a historic building at 429 E Cooper Ave. The boutique jewelry shop features pieces by female goldsmiths and designers. 

>>  When a hurricane destroyed their flagship store in New Orleans, Ruth and Jack Sutton, the third-generation owners of Jack Sutton Fine Jewelry, opened a pop-up shop in Aspen. The handcrafted jewelry found at 533 E Hopkins Ave, #A, can be customized, making each piece as unique as the Aspen shopper. 

>>  At 411 E Hyman Ave., Carina Hildebrandt offers high-grade, raw alpaca knits and coordinating certified organic cotton separates in a variety of color palettes—all designed in London and hand-finished at an ethical studio in Peru. 

>>  Fusalp’s new store at 420 E Hyman Ave will sell its 2022-23 ski collection—think jackets, trousers, jumpers, and technical apparel with a slim silhouette and a daring look.

>>   Cuvée, the global ultra-luxury rental agency offering clients high-end properties and immersive cultural experiences, opened an Aspen office at 201 N Mill St, where it manages its portfolio of local properties. 

>>  Kristen Yeary, Kelly Elliott, and their talented team at the Elliott Yeary Gallery have been bringing unique and exclusive jewelry and art to Aspen for more than 20 years, but now their retail repertoire includes women’s fashion. At Four One Nine at 205 S Mill St, 231A, Aspen shoppers will find designer, high-quality clothing, jewelry, shoes, and accessories by brands like Forte Forte, Rachel Comey, Freda Salvador, The Odells, Amo Denim, Closed Denim, and Souchi luxury knitwear. 

>>  Owner, massage therapist, and esthetician Pila Xian, of Heaven on Earth at 205 S Mill St, is known for her spa offerings, but now she’s joined the retail game. Look for stylish and comfy loungewear from lines like PJ Salvage (cute enough to go from Zoom call to grocery run) and The Cat’s Pajamas; Debbie Dannheisser Artist Threads’ fine art leggings; cool, thermo-neutral sleepwear from Dagsmejan; and dreamy silk layering pieces by FARA.

>>  Aether, the sophisticated performance outerwear brand, moved from 414 E. Cooper Ave to 405 E. Cooper Ave, the space next to Starbucks formerly occupied by The North Face. Malin Gallery, the contemporary art gallery from Chelsea, moved to 520 E Durant Ave above the Big Wrap. 

>>  RE/DONE opened later than expected (blame the impressive remodel and interiors), but winter shoppers can now buy their vintage-inspired and sustainably produced luxury denim, T-shirts, and more at 432 E. Hyman Ave.

>>  Italian retailer Golden Goose opened its first flagship store in Aspen at 419 E Hyman Ave, where you can find the brand’s most iconic sneakers as well as leather goods, including bags and wallets.

>>  PLTFRM, a brand agency with offices in Bentonville and Los Angeles, opened an Aspen branch at 416 E Main St.

Winter must-have
This retro, warm and wooly Aspen Surplus limited-edition camp blanket (made by Minnesota-based Faribault Woolen Mill) is emblazoned with the reissued, now-iconic aspen leaf logo Bauhaus designer Herbert Bayer originally created in 1946.

Compelling Cards
Aspen Snowmass lift tickets showcase the artwork of Rashid Johnson.

Aspen Snowmass’s Art in Unexpected Places program—now in its 18th consecutive year— includes limited-edition lift tickets designed by contemporary artists. This season features the work of Rashid Johnson, a contemporary American artist who uses various media to explore themes of art history, individual and shared cultural identities, personal narratives, literature, philosophy, materiality, and critical history. The artistry decorating 2022-2023 season passes includes images of Johnson’s mosaics and collages as well as photography of his towering plant installation, The Crisis.

Additionally, as part of the program’s workshops, lectures, and on-mountain experiences, Johnson will lead an in-resort children’s workshop this winter. Limited edition artwork is available for purchase at AspenX.

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