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Giovanna DiRusso | Photo: Courtesy of Officine Panerai | February 26, 2014
From modish Meccas to European boutiques, Aspen's shopping scene expands with these savvy spots.
1. Fashionably French
French label Zadig & Voltaire redefined luxury when founder Thierry Gillier opened his first boutique in Paris in 1985. The brand is feeling right at home in the city that adores la mode with its new location on Mill Street. The Aspen storefront opened seemingly overnight and is only the third location in the United States despite the brand’s more than 200 stores throughout Europe.
Although many brands have toyed with pop-up concepts around town to make the most of our seasonal highs and lows, Zadig & Voltaire’s location is here to stay, specializing in cashmere and refined luxury clothing for men and women. Zadig & Voltaire’s lines have a distinct European flair and range from rocker-chic jackets and luxe handbags to delicate bangles and chunky boots. 218 S. Mill St., 970.544.1961
2. Perfectly Timed
Once the official watch manufacturer to the divers in the U.S. Navy during World War II and commissioned by the Italian Royal Navy in the early 1900s, Italian watchmaking icon Officine Panerai is making waves with its new two-story boutique at the Hyman Mall. With a history of innovation and precision dating back to the early 1860s, this brand’s timepieces are at once universal and timeless.
“Our watches are rugged and sophisticated, designed for activities like skiing and diving,” says the shop’s manager Gaston Pettinaroli, and they’re “waterproof from 30 meters down to 2,500 meters, with an average of 100 meters.” The brand uses materials such as ceramic, titanium and stainless steel for more durable watches, as well as fine luxury metals, including gold, rose gold and platinum. Pettinaroli adds, “We like to be in places where there are only the best luxury shops, and Aspen certainly qualifies.” 400 E. Hyman Ave., 970.544.1868
3. Snow Chic
Bill Miller is already a household name around Aspen. With his store, Hamilton Sports, providing skiers and snow bunnies with everything from rentals to the latest in winter gear for the past 17 years, it’s no surprise that his newest venture, Miller Sports, will offer an even more discriminating array of arctic-ready gear.
Located on Hunter Street, Miller Sports specializes in high-end technical clothing as well as around-town après togs, and will feature the hottest European fashions and luxury ski rentals. Among his classic Austrian offerings of Kastle and Blizzard skis, Miller will also keep a range of exclusive brands like JC de Castelbajac for Rossignol, Goldwin and Toni Sailer, a line Miller claims is his best-seller. “It provides a bridge between fashion and function,” he adds. Visit Miller Sports to be outfitted as a winner. 408 S. Hunter St., 970.920.1500
Scheduled to open in the spring, Valentino Accessories will set its perch on Galena Street alongside a relocated Theory, Helmut Lang, Dolce & Gabbana and David Burke Kitchen. This boutique will showcase luxury women’s accessories, including shoes, handbags and scarves. Valentino’s signature style is (as always) evident in everything from studded leather bags to sensuous stilettos.
5. Dolce & Gabbana
Italian luxury designer Dolce & Gabbana is taking two spaces in the former Gap building, with a space dedicated entirely to menswear. While it’s not slated to open until sometime next year, you can look forward to a chic space that will be split in two between men’s and women’s fashion. The brand-new boutique will include everything from apparel, footwear and handbags to jewelry and cosmetics by the iconic brand.