In Aspen, where department stores are MIA, there are many boutique clothing stores owned by locals who have been in the valley for so long that they know all the secrets when it comes to fashion for the sporty and the super chic. What these owners are most affluent in is the language of combining luxurious fashion with comfort for adventure-minded people. Let’s go shopping in our favorite locally owned boutiques:
Kimberly Wilson, Buyer and Manager of Kali’s is a beautiful local who has lived in Aspen for twenty-five years. With a body made for fashion, she has a knack for finding fashion-forward clothes, sassy bags, shoes, hard to find denim and clothing lines to the tune of Winter Kate (Nicole Riche’s line) and Wildfox. The Owner of Kali’s is Christopher Stebbins, he is also Kimberly’s boyfriend. Christopher opened Kali’s in June of 2009 and is half owner of Kali’s boutique in Steamboat Co. At Kali’s the prices are reasonable and one can find items that are difficult to find anywhere else in town. Kali’s also shares space with Kathryn Penn Jewelry, who has the biggest collection of Indian Diamond jewelry in Aspen with designs created by Lisa Nik and Patricia Peckinpaugh. Kathryn also designs her own beautiful pieces.
Located at 525 East Cooper Avenue
Owner of O2, Carrie Bellotti, is a native to Aspen and her Managing Partner and Co-Buyer, Holly Davis, lives in town year round. The other Co-Buyer, Brittany Pollock, is a native to the nearby town of Basalt. As a yoga studio and a Spa, O2 provides more than just the ability to breathe better through incredible yoga classes, it also brings on the fashion with sporty chic styles that allow you to comfortably, and fashionably, move from the yoga class to lunch out with a friend. Designers include Lululemon, Ion, Reese Pilates, Tonic, Be Present, Majestic, Bordeaux, Mai Cashmere and more. There is also a second store located more central to town that offers a wider selection of fashions including leather and fur items.
Studio Located at 500 West Main Street
Downtown Store Located at 605 East Cooper Avenue
Walking into the small boutique of PE 101 get swept into fashion by Owner Joan Teige and/or any of her knowledgeable sales girls. Joan has been an Aspen business owner for twenty-six years and has always taken sexy and femininity to the hilt, working hard to find the perfect styles to flatter and boast all figures from, “naturally gifted” to “petite runway model” to “tall runway model” to “sassy athlete” to “curvaceous” to “baby’s got back”. Be sure to keep your eyes and ears open for her basement sales!
Located at 500 East Cooper Avenue.
Pitkin County Dry Goods
Pitkin County Dry Goods is Aspen’s oldest retail store under continuous ownership, opening up on July 4, 1969. Longtime owners David Fleisher and his wife Gina Berko are men’s buyer and women’s accessory buyer, respectively. Most of the management team has been with PCDG since the 1980’s/1990’s. Among innovative ideas back in 1969, PCDG offered modified Frye boots with Vibram soles, hand-crafted leather belts, custom-made floral shirts, and in-house haircuts by Bernie, Aspen’s first men’s hairstylist. PCDG continues as Aspen’s leading multi-brand, a contemporary clothing store for men and women, with a cult-like following of local, national and international customers. PCDG not only rewards its clientele with an unrivaled selection of modern, casual clothing, denim, leather outerwear, and women’s jewelry but also has become an Aspen institution. The friendly, gregarious and knowledgeable personnel are a magnet for customers and PCDG has become a social as well as a fashion mecca.
Located at 520 East Cooper Avenue
Nuages is a small jewel box of a boutique. Located just one block from the Aspen Mountain gondola in the Aspen Square Building. Established in 1986 by current owner Mary Moyer. Nuages carries an exclusive selection of European and American designer’s ready to wear and accessories. Ranging from edgy leather and sterling by Chrome Hearts to very limited, sought after styles by Azzedine Alaia, along with jeans and tees from Joseph. They cater to a more casual mountain lifestyle offering their clients a very specifically edited collection from each designer.
Located at 601 East Cooper Avenue.