Four days is not enough time in Aspen. This year’s family trip centered around skiing, but what kind of a Signature Stylist would I be without a jaunt around the local shopping scene? So, I spent the last afternoon perusing an international retail scene in a quaint mountain destination.
Aspen has something for everyone, provided your credit card can stand the heat. Prada, Burberry, Gucci, Ralph Lauren… And *FUR* takes the spotlight in every way, shape and form at every store. There are too many “must-sees” to list, but here are a few gems you won’t find in Austin but appeal to Austinites’ style sense.
Kemo Sabe was the first stop. Boots, belts, buckles, hats and bags. So why would I feature a cowboy store? To see how they stack up to Texas, of course. Also, because I haven’t found any Austin stores that carry antelope fur totes ($500+ depending on style) from Africa. Still waiting for a pic to share… Their Native American inspired beaded bracelets embedded with Swarovski crystals ($425) are truly a unique spin on the traditional craft. The chic cowgirl would stand out on 2nd Street wearing both of these.
For show-stopping jewelry, the buck stops with Joan Boyce, who was on site and chatting with clients when I arrived. Joan’s fame goes back to the 1970’s when Saks Fifth Avenue discovered her talents. She travels the world and co-creates fine jewelry for her four boutiques. Austinites would consider this special occasion jewelry, but Joan says “Every day is a special occasion, so wear your jewelry and enjoy it.” Why argue?
Tucked down under the intersection of Galena & Durant streets is The Gallerie, owned by Sarah Gercke Lipincott. She’s a personable retailer *and* designer who told me her goal is to seamlessly integrate East Coast and West Coast style sensibilities for versatile clothing. Her eye for line, texture and design are right on. While she carries other designers like Alexander Wang, Ports 1961, and Lela Rose, her own line called Gray Aspen hit the mark time and again. Dress it up, dress it down. There’s something for most body types and color palettes. Note: Her web site photos don’t do the collection justice nor show what I believe are her best pieces. (Thanks to Sarah and her associate Amber for their hospitality.)
Another shop that’s more of a potpourri of international labels but manages to maintain a sophisticated and subtle style is Gorsuch at the bottom of Aspen Mountain. I’ve always been a Roberto Cavalli fan, but was surprised to see Gorsuch successfully blend his designs with their upper crust aesthetic. I also enjoyed trying on the Mendl Olympia jacket ($2400), a supple espresso leather with army green wool trim. Delicious! You’ll also find Brunello Cucinelli, Chloe, Nigel Preston, Bottega Venata, Etro, Chloe and more at this busy one-stop-shop for men and women.
This just in! My daughter Lucy spotted Paris Hilton at Boogie’s trying on a black lace blouse just as I finished writing this blog. Lucy gave the blouse two thumbs up. With the celeb sighting checked off the list, we can return to Austin knowing our mountain excursion was successful and complete.
Have a Signature Day!Thea Wood, Signature Stylist www.theawood.com 512.217.9869