Shopping Aspen: Where to Find Designers, Local Products, Treasures
With a collection of designer boutiques and independent retailers, Aspen’s shopping scene rivals that of larger cities. Think New York, Chicago and L.A. The options are so diverse that Aspen has even earned attention from GQ magazine and Travel and Leisure for its high-end names as well as locally owned icons. For an in-depth look, read about shopping Aspen and where to go.
Shopping Aspen: Inside Look at This Retail Hot Spot
Designer Fashions Galore
Aspen has so many designers it could rival Madison Street in New York City. Most are located on Galena Street, Aspen’s main strip packed full of shops and restaurants. A few designers include Gucci, which sells mostly women’s fashion, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Ermenegildo Zegna and Valentino.
Among the most iconic is Pitkin County Dry Goods, Aspen’s oldest clothing shop. The store offers mountain fashion and accessories for men and women. For Western wear and cowboy fashion, visit Kemo Sabe. This retailer offers a large selection of hats, cowboy boots and belt buckles. For more high-end brands, head to The Little Nell, Gorsuch and Georgia Brown Home, an antique shop.
Emporium And Flying Circus offers a fun-loving shopping experience paired with local artists and crafters. The store sits in an old Victorian miners cabin and features over 70 artists and vendors. It’s so special, it ranks among the must-sees when shopping Aspen.
When visiting, browse a collection of products and special creations. Examples include fine arts, home goods, gourmet foods, handcrafted jewelry, bags, glasswork, stonework and more. Everything in the store is handmade, remade, recycled and upcycled, ensuring no two pieces are the same.
Love a good book? Explore Booksellers has been one of Aspen’s top stores for over 40 years. Books are curated by local buyers who focus on offering a diverse collection and book events. Families enjoy browsing an entire room dedicated to children’s literature. Meanwhile adults can search business topics, history, fiction, self-help, travel, religious and more subjects.
In addition to books, Explore Booksellers sells special gifts, cards and journals. To discover a new author, check out the selection of Indie titles in bestsellers, kids and reading-group picks.
Aspen Thrift Shop
Aspen Thrift Shop has supported the community for over 70 years, while offering goods at an affordable price. The store has won best second-hand store honors in the Best of Aspen awards.
Aspen Thrift Store sits across the street from Dior and Gucci in downtown Aspen. The shop helps other non-profits, such as schools, charities and the fire department. Expect to find apparel and clothing, books, toys, electronics, and brand names at major discounts. Donations come from area residents, travelers and local businesses. Those who want to contribute can also donate items or volunteer.
Aspen Saturday Market
Summer and fall bring fresh goodies to Aspen Saturday Market. Open mid-June to mid-October, the outdoor market showcases Colorado-grown and Colorado-made products. Find breads, fruits, veggies, meats, jams, jellies, jewelry and crafts. While shopping Aspen Saturday Market, take a break in the courtyard for lunch and listen to live music.
Snowmass Village Mall
In nearby Snowmass Village – located about 20 minutes from downtown Aspen – shoppers have another pedestrian-friendly option full of shops and restaurants. This area also houses a large collection of 40-plus retailers selling everything from apparel and fashion to groceries, equipment and tools.
Highly reviewed favorites include Gene Taylor Sports, Snowmass Sports and Anderson Ranch Arts Center. For gourmet goodies, try Grain Fine Food and Clark’s Market. Apparel shops include Gorsuch, Four Mountain Kids and The Northface. And don’t forget to go souvenir shopping at Snowmass Trading Company, 81615 T-Shirt and Gift, and Local Color/Local Rebels.