Forty Five Ten Aspen
535 East Hyman St., Aspen
Some may argue that Aspen is known for its shopping as much as its snow (Prada, Ralph Lauren, and even Kith have stores here). We’re especially excited about this winter's arrival of Dallas import Forty Five Ten, which will bring its sharp edit of Saks Potts coats, pretty Hunting Season bags, and cozy, Brock Collection knits to a stately corner of East Hyman Avenue. Photos: David Marlow for Forty Five Ten
422 E. Cooper Ave., Aspen
Some would argue that summer in Aspen is even better than winter ski season—and we would be among them. All it took was a hike through a field of wildflowers on the Rio Grande Trail and we were hooked. So we decided to stay and open up shop inside a cozy chalet (is there any other kind?), which has been reimagined as goop’s summer residence—until August 12. Designed by Kate McCollough and Max Zinser of KMZ New York, the space holds an Aspen-centric edit of home, fashion, clean beauty and wellness items, like organic cashmere and wool throws and cushions from Texidors, handbags from What Goes Around Comes Around, Staub cookware, and goop’s own lines, G. Label and G. Sport. And goop being goop, there are also wellness elixirs from Moon Juice and Sun Potion. Think of it as a way to get fresh mountain air—with really good benefits.
2040 W. 30th Ave., Highland
Opened in May 2011 and set in the old Olinger mortuary building at the LoHi Marketplace, Goldyn’s OG brick-and-mortar boutique is like a highly fashionable conduit for indie designers more typically found in, say, LA and NYC. But the goods here translate perfectly to the hip LoHi neighborhood and Denver’s generally laid-back vibe; here, you’ll find chic, versatile pieces from designers the likes of Rachel Comey, Lauren Manoogian, Helmut Lang, MM6, and Apiece Apart; boots by Freda Salvador; sunglasses by Illesteva; hats by Janessa Leone; locally made home goods; and handmade beauty products by R.L. Linden & Co.
MAX Clothing Store
264 Detroit St., Cherry Creek
Max Martinez and his eponymous stores (there are also locations in Boulder and Aspen) are really the cream of the Colorado fashion crop. An early buyer of now-household names like Isabel Marant, the boutiques (a partnership between Martinez and owner Scott Seale) always carry a mix of name-brand classics and little-known newcomers. It’s probably the most luxurious of the area’s boutiques, so go for investment pieces like Nili Lotan sweaters, Céline bags, and Pierre Hardy boots. If you can, try to stop in when Max is in the store—in addition to being the warmest host imaginable, he has an amazing eye for pieces that flatter.
Hazel & Dewey
70 S. Broadway, South Broadway
Hazel & Dewey is a haven for hygge-inducing home goods and gifts, with an emphasis on creating the perfect, cooly curated kitchen. A small sampling of what you’ll find here: beeswax candles; artisanal bitters and cocktail mixers, shakers, and other home-bar essentials; clean bath & body products for men and women from Los Poblanos; glasses, plates, serving ware, knives and cutting boards, and (our favorite!) Staub cookware; cookbooks, mandolins, and beautiful handcrafted cherry-wood spoons of all kinds by Jonathan's Spoons; edible treats, from small-batch candy to tea and coffee to jams, spices, and local honey; hand-thrown ceramic mugs, Japanese stoneware...the list goes on.
59 Broadway, South Broadway
Fancy Tiger originally started as a clothing boutique selling Colorado designers and key accessories like hats and jewelry (along with home goods like candles and pillows), but recently, they opened a craft-focused sister shop next-door. They sell everything it takes to make your own clothing, accessories, and home goods—fabrics, yarn, sewing notions, dyes, patterns for sewing, plus kits for crocheting, knitting, quilting, embroidery. You can also take hands-on classes here, from beginner-level (think: Sewing 101) to intermediate, project-based courses where you’ll learn how to knit hats and scarves, read and make patterns so you can design and create your own clothing, and even turn a cherished Pendleton blanket into a clutch or tote bag.
Cedar & Hyde
2015 10th St., Boulder
Cedar & Hyde is a one-stop shop for modern-mountain-chic giftables for everyone on your list—from minimalist jewelry, clean perfume oil, and aromatic candles for her, to denim, henleys, leather accessories, and grooming provisions for him. Sisters Christie and Poss Lambert own and curate this charming his-and-hers lifestyle shop, keeping it stocked with a dreamy array of small/indie/artisanal designers like Lauren Manoogian, Amo Denim, Baserange, Hope, Jessie Kamm, and Hansel from Basel; plus, hand-picked home goods, of-the-moment cookbooks, quarterlies, and magazines (i.e. Gather Journal); hand-made wooden and ceramic plates, bowls, and pottery, hand-woven turkish towels; and even camping gear. Good luck leaving here without a few gifts for yourself on top of a slew of souvenirs for your loved ones.
BLOOM by Anuschka
1701 Wynkoop St., Ste. 140, LoDo
BLOOM has a backstory as fascinating as its unique selection of flowers, jewelry, and gifts. Originally from a small town in Germany, Anuschka Pashel traveled the world as a fashion model before landing in Denver in 1998, where she worked out of a studio and in the local markets until she opened this LoDo boutique in 2011. With a subtly eclectic combination of modern and Victorian-inspired furnishings, shopping at BLOOM feels like perusing a beautifully appointed living room—and the best part is, the home accessories are shoppable, from blankets, pillows, mirrors, and light fixtures to small accessories like candles and vintage-chic wall art. For Anouschka, floral arrangements are a fine art, so come here when you need a gorgeous, original floral arrangement, plus Rifle Paper Co. gift cards and ornate pots and planters to gift them with.
1048 Pearl St., Boulder
Husband and wife Lon and Lauren McGowan founded this hand-curated design shop in 2013 in downtown Boulder, where they provide gifts and décor that perfectly suit cozy mountain life. The array of artisan-made gifts and goods here truly runs the gamut, from Donna Wilson’s adorable lambswool plush toys she hand-knits in Scotland, to super-soft hats, scarves, and throws, to more practical items like survival knives and study/desk necessities. Don't miss Alpine Modern’s in-house line of candles, made with essential oils that evoke the Colorado wilderness (think: fresh-cut fir and fragrant cedar). The Pearl Street shop’s interior, replete with beautiful, natural-wood wrought in refined, geometric designs, is a sight to see in itself.
Queen City General Store
220 E. 13th Ave., Capitol Hill
This cool little space, a few blocks away from the Denver Art Museum, is filled with all kinds of collected treasures, from crystals and Tarot cards, to succulents and houseplants, to an apothecary section with fragrances, salts, and bitters. They also stock a selection of (primarily Western-inspired) vintage clothing items like shearling-lined denim jackets, fringed leather pieces, and embroidered peasant tops, as well as turquoise jewelry and a lovely table stacked with lacy lingerie from small, indie lines. It's a great spot to pick up a souvenir.
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