Shopping in Aspen- a guest post from Leah Waldman, Aspen Shopper Extraordinaire

Aspen, Colorado is the perfect destination for the ultimate ski vacation—if you can afford it. A city of approximately 6,000 people, it is a hot-spot for celebrities and has recently made headlines in the Wall Street Journal for its stunning, high-end real estate.

Clearly, Aspen-goers expect luxury items and the selection of shopping leaves little to be desired. Aside from the usual suspects—Chanel, Dior, Gucci, Prada, Fendi, Moncler, YSL, etc.—Aspen is full of some unique and wonderful boutiques. On a recent visit, I took a day off from snowboarding and set out to photograph some of my favorite stores. My partner in crime joined me for the afternoon, dressed in what I like to call “Aspen Canine Couture.” 

 First Stop: Nuages

Nuages is a one-of-a-kind boutique in the middle of the mountains that stocks the best of the best from designers such as Marni, Giambattista Valli, and Roland Mouret. The best thing about this store is the sheer amount of beautiful clothes in such a small space. Designers that you would typically find in department stores like Barney’s New York or Bergdorf Goodman are featured here in the best way possible. Each item of clothing is carefully selected from the designer collections, making the lineup at Nuages exceptional and unparalleled. For more information, contact the owner Mary Moyer at

Next on the list… Pitkin Country Dry Goods

Pitkin County Dry Goods is Aspen’s oldest clothing retailer. Opened in 1969 by the same person that owns it today, PCDG is the place to go for sophisticated, yet relaxed fashion. The selection of clothing maintains a “mountain casual” look without losing its stylish and fun aesthetic. 

Now on to… Max

Ultra-chic and fabulous, Max boasts designers that cannot be found in any other location in Aspen, such as Isabel Marant and Celine. The store carries a mix of wearable high fashion pieces that need not be reserved for special occasions. Max has three store locations, though it is exclusively found in Colorado. Check out the website:

Last but certainly not least… Distractions

Distractions is a must-visit boutique for many reasons (I’m particularly fond of their superb collection of Golden Goose boots – see pic!). The store carries designers such as Libertine, Thomas Wylde, Mother of Pearl, Balenciaga, and Lanvin, but also features unique and underrepresented brands like Art Love Music by the Japanese artist Tetsuko. Many of the owner’s clients are from the art world, making its selection of clothing both distinctive and cool.  

So next time you’re vacationing in Aspen, book in some time for retail therapy and visit these top shops for the utimate in designer duds! 


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