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Louis Vuitton's Noe BB Bag

The classic bucket bag is back—and it's brighter than ever.

June 10, 2013

Louis Vuitton Noe BB Bag
Noe BB bag in orange, Louis Vuitton ($1,346).

Introduced in 1932, Louis Vuitton’s iconic bucket bag was originally designed for a French Champagne producer looking for a viable method to transport his most prized vintages. Finished in ultrasoft leather and fastened by a versatile drawstring closure, the original Noe handbag was able to conceal up to four bottles of bubbly standing upright and a fifth bottle upside down. Celebrating the style’s 81st anniversary this spring, Louis Vuitton debuts the Noe BB bag, a contemporary iteration featuring a more compact size and an adjustable cross-body strap. Offered in lively shades such as figue, piment, cyan, citron, orange, and fuchsia, this standout accessory of the season is available at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center in Denver, and luckily it arrives just in time for this year’s Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. A spirited way to flaunt a bit of your own vintner knowledge, the Noe BB bag will have even expert sommeliers looking twice. Cherry Creek Shopping Center, Denver, 303-388-0033


 

Bogner's Superior Golf Attire

Hit the course like a pro in Bogner's new superior golf attire.

June 03, 2013

Bogners Polo Shirt and Wind Breaker
Haio polo shirt ($219) and Jules hooded windbreaker ($430), Bogner.

Summers in Aspen suggest morning hikes up the Hunter Creek Trail, casual outdoor luncheons with friends, and afternoons spent golfing at the Maroon Creek Club. German lifestyle brand Bogner is revealing a golf project of its own, debuting its latest collection of men’s athletic apparel. Inspired by the vibrant coastal scenery of the Côte d’Azur, the polo shirts and trousers feature color blocking, stripes, and boating flag motifs in navy, sand, royal blue, and tangerine. Standouts of the collection include the stand-up collar jacket, slim-fit gabardine pants, and ripstop vests, all of which come in lightweight, waterproof fabrics ideal for a day on the course. A hooded cotton knit sweater makes the ultimate windbreaker for Aspen’s more inclement summer days, while a polo shirt decorated with the geographical coordinates of St-Tropez brings the lively spirit of the European shores to our putting greens. Gorsuch, 601 E. Dean St., 970-925-3203


 

Casual Cool at Pitkin Dounty Dry Goods

Perennial favorite Pitkin County Dry Goods brings the contemporary labels Paul Smith and Billy Reid to Aspen's effortlessly stylish gents.

June 03, 2013


Stocking an impressive selection of timeless, toned-down sportswear, Pitkin County Dry Goods has been catering to the rustic style of Aspen locals for more than 40 years. “Our goal has always been to put together an astutely edited selection of casual Aspen lifestyle sportswear with our unique point of view,” explains the boutique’s co-owner, David Fleisher. “We scour the US and European markets to assemble this collection.”

Focusing on classic designs with a contemporary bend, the shop boasts knitwear, denim, pants, and outerwear from leading brands, including John Varvatos, Rag & Bone, and Vince, as well as, most recently, menswear from Paul Smith and Billy Reid.

“We added Paul Smith because I like his quirky point of view and whimsical use of color in accessories,” notes Fleisher. Cast in lively stripe, dot, argyle, and skull patterns, simple wardrobe pieces like socks, cuff links, wallets, and cashmere scarves take on a playful spirit.

More utilitarian, Billy Reid’s menswear exudes a countrified ruggedness with articles such as brushedtwill plaid shirts, tweed engineer jackets, and Donegal-tweed V-neck sweaters. “We’re adding Billy Reid this fall because he pairs his Southern casual roots with a sophisticated European take,” Fleisher says. “Originally selected for Daniel Craig to wear in the movie Skyfall, Reid’s navy peacoat is fall’s must-have wardrobe staple.”

Before transitioning into fall, Fleisher recommends that men celebrate the warm weather and experiment with color—from bold neon hues to neutral khakis, blues, and military shades. 520 E. Cooper Ave., 970-925-1681

—PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF DAVID FLEISHER

 

Classic Denim at the Blues Jean Bar

At The Blues Jean Bar, Aspen local Lady Fuller serves up classic denim with a twist.

May 24, 2013

Blue Jeans Bar Aspen
The Blues Jean Bar stocks some 40 brands in its 18 US stores and features a mobile jeans bar trunk show in Aspen.
 

Outfitted with a wooden bar, worn-in bar stools, and a staff of “jeantenders,” The Blues Jean Bar isn’t your typical watering hole. Founded by Aspen denizen Lady Fuller, the national retailer caters to men and women looking for the ultimate pair of blue jeans. “I wanted to create a store that was very different [and] that met people’s needs, but also felt warm and homey,” explains Fuller. “Being from New Orleans, I thought a blue jean bar was a fun play on a blues bar.”

Stocking more than 40 designer labels, including Genetic Denim, Citizens of Humanity, Joe’s, and MiH Jeans, the store features a “menu” above the bar, breaking down the well-edited merchandise by brand, wash, size, and style. “Every single body type is different, so a jean that fits one person won’t necessarily be right for another,” she says. “The perfect pair is the jean that complements your individual body type.” In addition to its 18 brick-and-mortar locations, The Blues Jean Bar now offers a BJB Express service, allowing online shoppers to receive five head-to-toe outfits based on their personal measurements and taste. And while there’s no store here in Aspen just yet, the retailer offers trunk shows in the form of a mobile jeans bar, which is rolling into town this summer so that locals can shop classic styles like boot cut, flare, and skinny, as well as a variety of contemporary offerings, including colored, printed, and embellished denim. Although Fuller continues to expand her reach, it is her local surroundings that most inspire her. “In Aspen, the world comes to you. Everyone passes through here,” she says. “Our small town’s transient lifestyle of having people like the Dalai Lama, Julia Roberts, and Bill Clinton in the same grocery store is something special. It’s the brain gain of all the different people who visit that inspires me.” 720 E. Durant Ave., Ste. E7, 970-429-8028


 

Jet Set's European Athletic Wear

Exclusive to Aspen, Jet Set's European Athletic wear is a cut above the rest.

May 24, 2013

Jet Set Clothing
Silk anorak, Kendy 2 ($800).
 

With summer in full bloom, our winter layers are officially out of sight and mind, leaving our daily wardrobes in need of some freshening up with new, season-appropriate activewear. Rather than resorting to the tired yoga brands of years past, Aspen’s athletically inclined are turning to Jet Set for its assortment of superior sportswear. Situated on East Hyman Avenue, the local boutique is the St. Moritz, Switzerland-based brand’s only stateside outpost, and it stocks exclusive items for men and women. For summer, the selection of womenswear that is especially noteworthy includes a covetable lineup of lightweight jersey and crepe de chine T-shirts, silk anoraks with chenille linings, and printed vichy nylon sport shorts in the most vibrant shades of coral, banana yellow, and plum, which are particularly on-trend this season. 433 E. Hyman Ave., 970-429-8336


 

The Ultimate Winter Boot

The ultimate kick, courtesy of Kemo Sabe.

December 17, 2012

Known for hospitable service and a vast knowledge of original Westernwear, owners Tom and Nancy Yoder of Kemo Sabe have established the quintessential Colorado outpost for those who appreciate the Western aesthetic. The Baby Buffalo calf boot ($625), designed by Kemo Sabe and produced by Lucchese Classics, combines fashion and function, incorporating contemporary style with Aspen flair. 434 E. Cooper Ave., 970-925-7878


 

Shop Away Aspen Exclusive Tours

Take a break from Ajax with Shop Away Aspen.

December 03, 2012

Aspenite and style writer Diane Tegmeyer sharpens her fashion acumen with the launch of Shop Away Aspen, an exclusive personal shopping service. A customized schedule is crafted for clients, who are then escorted to premiere local boutiques. “There are more than 40 stores specific just to Aspen,” says Tegmeyer. Shop cutting-edge labels at Nuages, find runway items from Balenciaga and Lanvin at Distractions, and browse Italian goods at Brunello Cucinelli. Chat with individual store owners, attend private trunk shows, and discover unexpected local treasures such as the youthful jewelry selection at Pitkin County Dry Goods. 222 Roaring Fork Dr., 970-379-3844

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JEREMY SWANSON


 

Bundle Up in Moncler

Chic overcoats and statement accessories made for the mountains.

November 16, 2012

Moncler gave new meaning to the expression “runway to real way” this season, presenting a collection complete with male moon-booted ski attendants and a working chairlift. The design house’s usual array of fur boots, shearling jackets, and suede outerwear appeared once again, but it was the modern iterations of oversize cocoon coats that most impressed. Cast in a dynamic gray ombré, snow-capped mountains made for alluring graphics that wrapped around the garments, immediately calling to mind the beauty of Aspen’s own scenery. Layer the coat over an evening dress and bring a bit of stylish personality to your après-ski activities, or keep it sporty with form-fitting ski pants for a day out on the slopes. Inspired by traditional 1950s alpine goggles, Moncler’s Achille sunglasses complete the athletic look, with an anti-fog finish and leather side detailing that protects against sun glare. Available in standout red and blue shades, or in a versatile black, the round-mirrored sunnies flawlessly balance style and function. 432 E. Hyman Ave., 970-544-5558


 

Natura Bissé’s New Bedtime Beauty Serum

Luxe up your bedside table with Diamond Life Infusion.

October 10, 2012

Barcelona-based skincare brand Natura Bissé has welcomed a new jewel to its luxury lineup. The recently debuted overnight treatment, Diamond Life Infusion, boasts a patent pending retinoid-replicating complex (known as Bio-Magnet Nanosomes) that combats sun marks, dryness, irritation, and inflammation. The potent serum also incorporates 16 additional anti-aging ingredients to further its rejuvenating power and help eliminate wrinkles and under-eye sagging. In pre-launch testing, participants lost an average of 3.9 years off their skin's age. Best suited for women over 35, you can bet this super-luxe overnight treatment will be on the bedside tables of Aspen’s society elite—an .08 ounce bottle checks in at $590. Celebrity fans of Natura Bissé include bombshells like Sophia Vergara, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Beyoncé. 


 

Men's Pick: Western Cuff Links

Ralph Lauren introduces a cuff link for the town and country.

June 25, 2012


Longhorn cuff links, Ralph Lauren ($12,000). 501 E. Cooper Ave.,
970-925-5147

Images of the Old West have long inspired Ralph Lauren. The classic American label’s new Longhorn cuff link, pictured above, is the most chic interpretation of the trend we’ve seen yet. In the shape of a steer head, each cuff link is made from 18k white gold and white diamonds, and is hand-finished in England by master craftsmen.


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