By Brandon Perlman | December 18, 2017 | Culture
When it comes to mountain towns, our little city has social peculiarities unlike any other. Why does negotiating Aspen life only seem to get trickier with altitude? Fear not, Aspen Peak has solicited the expertise of alpine “luxpert” Brandon Perlman (also known as @mrluxuryski) to address the sartorial, the societal and the impractical conundrums of life in the high country.
I’ve only worn my vintage Bogner bodysuit once since it was gifted to me in Christmas of ’91. Where’s the best place to consign it?
Aspen just so happens to have some of the best thrifting in the U.S. We suggest these consignment shops to offload last season’s (or decade’s) misbegotten pieces: Suzie’s (600 E. Main St.), Aspen Thrift Shop (422 E. Hopkins Ave.), Amber’s (517 E. Hopkins Ave.) and Heirlooms (144 Midland Ave., Basalt).
What’s the best place to work remotely in town? I need power outlets, flawless Wi-Fi and A+ cell service.
For a true startup office environment, Aspen Entrepreneurs (614 E. Cooper Ave.) manages a shared workspace with rentable desks. Seeking a cafe vibe that isn’t a coffee shop? SO cafe on the roof of the Aspen Art Museum (637 E. Hyman Ave.) is surprisingly serene. Need creative inspiration? Hunter S. Thompson used to work out of the Hotel Jerome—The Library there works well (330 E. Main St.). And there is always the actual library (Pitkin County Library, 120 N. Mill St.), where you are sure to be left undisturbed.
My friend offered my wife, two children and me a ride back to Teterboro on his Gulfstream V. He said chipping in is out of the question; what’s a commensurate thank you gift for such hospitality?
How fortunate! I suggest giving your gracious host something he would never think of purchasing for himself, like a designer game set. Hermès, Jonathan Adler and Ralph Lauren make games that are not only beautiful objects, but can be played in the air. A dozen fresh cookies from Paradise Bakery (320 S. Galena St.) for the ride probably wouldn’t be frowned upon either...
I get hives thinking about purchasing new ski gear I cannot pronounce!
Bogner—Long “O” pronounced BOHG-ner
Dynastar—DEENA-star (not dina-star)
K2—KAY TWO (not K-R)
Kastle—Kestle, like Nestlé
Kjus—SHoos (rhymes with juice)
Poc—Pock (POC stands for Piece of Cake)
PHOTO BY GRANT CORNETT