The Mile High City’s retail scene is expanding—and fast. We spent months exploring brick-and-mortar boutiques, both new and old, to find the best places to spend some green.
Whatever your style—bohemian, preppy, classic—we’ve got a store for you.
Look to this LoHi shop’s black-and-white-striped walls for the first hint of its edgy aesthetic. That boldness extends to the clothes—we spotted a blue rabbit Elliat vest ($331, pictured) on our last visit—and the innovative services, such as closet clean-outs and travel packing advice, owners Bailey Lemak and Ilyse Mark offer customers.
It’s rare that we’re willing to drive long distances to browse a clothing rack, but we find ourselves routinely trekking the 25 minutes down to Aspen Grove to see what’s new at Fab’rik. Right now, that’s essential-for-winter items like tunics and Jack by BB Dakota knit sweaters. It’s the customer service, though, that made us regulars. If you don’t find the perfect piece, ask a team member to text you updates on incoming items that may interest you.
La Lovely Vintage/Judith & Joe
Shopping for eco-friendly and socially conscious clothing and accessories became easier when these two mobile shops opened a traditional location together in RiNo earlier this year. The unique dual storefront offers an ultrahip selection of women’s apparel (such as jumpers, flannels, and leggings) and vintage-fabulous accessories (like locally made moccasins!).
Melrose & Madison
Mother-daughter team Kristen and Paige Brown have always loved shopping together, and their hobby became a career in 2013 when they launched their own boutique on South Pearl Street. (A second location opened in West Highland this past spring.) Today, the pair continues to shop together, stocking their stores with the perfect marriage of East Coast and West Coast styles: Look for whimsical, bohemian-chic tops; tailored jackets; and velvet blazers.
A Line Boutique
If you’re looking to turn heads, spend some time with one of A Line’s trained stylists. They’re experts at helping customers zero in on their personal looks (with elite brands such as Rag & Bone and Saint Laurent)—then offering complimentary tailoring for a perfect fit. And now you don’t have to go all the way to Greenwood Village for such high-end service: Owner Karmen Berentsen opened a second shop in Cherry Creek North in July.
We were frequent visitors to Hailee Grace when it was a low-key subterranean boutique in Larimer Square’s Walkway. Then the store, started by two University of Colorado Boulder graduates, moved to street level in April and gained triple the space. Now, in addition to finding the perfect (and perfectly priced) work-to-date-night blouse and skinny jeans combination, we can also stock up on Quay sunglasses ($45) and shoe brands like Stella, Cupid, and Yoki (all less than $60).
Dinea Boutique & Design
Owner Edina Brkic and her son, Asmir, both Croatia natives, handpick pieces from high-end fashion lines across the world to fill their Platt Park storefront: Pistola (Los Angeles), Leo & Sage (New York City), Malìparmi (Milan), and Parakian (Paris) among them. We call the final look effortlessly—and globally—stylish.
If H&M is the embodiment of a fashionable teenybopper, then Garbarini is your thirtysomething friend with excellent taste and expendable income. Between the Hammett purses, Mischa Lampert hats, Sorel boots, and an array of tops and dresses, you could stock your entire closet with Garbarini’s offerings alone—and that wouldn’t be a bad thing.
If you only add one major purchase to your wardrobe this winter, make it a Herno blue puffer ski jacket ($725) from this Cherry Creek boutique, which also carries Alberta Ferretti dresses, Eleventy suede pants, and Hania by Anya Cole sweaters.
When Max Martinez opened his first store in 1985, the city’s retail landscape was pretty sparse. But Max’s sophisticated selections smartened up Denver women’s closets with brands such as Chloe and Enza Costa. Thirty-one years and three outposts later, he—and his high-end stores—remain trendsetters in the mile-high fashion scene.
Friends that shop together stay together—as long as they can find one store that caters to their individual styles. That boutique is Willow in Boulder, which sells such a diverse array of pieces that you might be intimidated. But then you’ll pull an edgy leather jacket ($595) off the hanger, and your more casual pal will snag a cap-sleeve T-shirt ($95), and you’ll both be hooked.
Your teen will be drawn to this year-old boutique for its bodysuits and crop tops. But you’ll love its upscale basics, such as Riley Dilorio boyfriend jeans and Tyra maxi dresses. Owner Meagan Krogh only stocks a few articles of each item, so pop into this RiNo store often.
Think of this 13-month-old boutique as a hyperlocal Stitch Fix: Fill out an online questionnaire, provide a $20 deposit, and you’ll receive five handpicked pieces of clothing delivered to your doorstep. (Pay for the items you keep and send back any unloved ones within a week.) Or head to the Stapleton shop itself, which is stocked with business-casual standbys and cocktail dresses.
When Sarah Markway moved from California to Colorado in 2011, she brought the West Coast’s Boho style with her. That’s why Cali-based brands such as Cleobella and Knot Sisters populate the racks in this Highland shop. Fortunately, the prices cater to Coloradans, not Angelenos, with plenty of items available for less than $100.
The Active Life
Coloradans sport athletic wear for daily errands as often as for actual workouts. Keep your look fashionable with pieces from these new athleisure boutiques.
- Our favorite thing about Boulderite Nicole DeBoom’s six-month-old Skirt Sports store is the “yes,” “no,” and “maybe” signs on the dressing-room hooks. It makes it oh-so-much easier to organize the piles of comfy running skirts ($55 to $95, pictured) we just have to try on.
- Fabletics opened its first Colorado location—and 11th in the country—in August to satisfy the hordes of women clamoring for Kate Hudson–designed activewear. Yoga pants start at $24.97.
- Local yogis already rock the same pants they wore to power vinyasa to post-half-pigeon happy hour. So they’ll appreciate Canadian retailer Kit & Ace’s high-fashion twist on that one-outfit-all-day mindset. The secret is a luxurious fabric the Lululemon spin-off developed called “technical cashmere,” a blend that incorporates the soft fiber but allows everything from dresses to bras to be machine-washable.
Photo credits (from top): Courtesy of Ily Iley; Courtesy of Melissa Hirsch; Courtesy of Dinea Boutique & Design; ourtesy of Michelle Rotter; Courtesy of Kim Cook
Complete your outfit with a little something extra from one of these eight stores.
Metalmark Fine Jewelry
This small LoHi store, which opened in May, dazzles with its inventive designs and high-quality materials. Exhibit A: Kavant & Sharart’s Origami Fan earrings, made of 18-karat yellow gold and nearly a carat’s worth of diamonds ($6,355).
The Clare V. clutches ($205 to $225) at this longtime high-fashion retailer—which also sells apparel, shoes, and jewelry—feature simple designs with luxurious extras, such as 14-karat-gold-plated zippers and chambray linings.
While we’d like everything in this four-year-old Highland shop—which overflows with affordable go-with-everything jewelry, crop tops, and handbags—to find its way into our closets someday, this winter we’re lusting after its selection of belts and chokers.
Our fave local maker of refined, everyday bags traded its RiNo workshop for a larger storefront in Clayton in July. The change of scenery seems to have inspired the six-year-old company: It recently released a versatile Weekender bag ($375) so you can travel as stylishly as you commute.
When jewelry mogul Kendra Scott opened her eponymous storefront in Cherry Creek North earlier this year, we knew it would be a hit. Her jewelry’s distinct style—natural stones tucked into uniquely shaped earrings, rings, bracelets, and necklaces—meshes well with Colorado’s earthy vibe.
Sous le Lit
This season, we’re coveting Sous le Lit’s Peruvian leather oxford boots ($210), an elegant solution on frigid evenings. Get ready to expand your shoe closet even more when the Platte Street shop gets a sister location in Boulder in the spring.
Find a tote, cross-body bag, or backpack that boasts clean lines, recycled fabrics, and a lifetime guarantee at this 15-month-old Boulder storefront.
Two Sole Sisters
You’ll find a European-made bootie to fit your fancy—and, of course, your foot—at either the original Boulder or 16-month-old Wash Park location of this swanky store.
Photo credits (from top): Courtesy of Metalmark Fine Jewelry; Courtesy of Clare V.; Sarah Boyum; Courtesy of Winter Session; Courtesy of Kendra Scott; Courtesy of Sous le Lit; Courtesy of Sherpani; Courtesy of Two Sole Sisters
Need some help with your holiday shopping list? Just call us Santa.
When You Need: A small token for the annual holiday office exchange
Go To: Fig and Yarrow Apothecary
Because: Herbalist Brandy Monique’s bath and body products make pleasing gifts for anyone. Everything at her six-month-old LoHi shop is “wildcrafted” (read: gathered sustainably) and made with organic ingredients. Try the coffee and cardamom body scrub ($24) or herbal facial steams ($26).
When You Need: A sophisticated anything while en route to a party
Go To: Reverie Living
Because: You’re sure to find something suitable at this shop, which relocated to a two-story Cherry Creek storefront earlier this year and is filled with affordable trinkets, home wares, and fashion accessories from local, national, and international lines.
When You Need: A whimsical novelty item for your favorite co-worker
Go To: Cooper & Dash
Because: Owner Brad Smithling’s superb style and sense of humor are evident in the wonderful selection of quirky offerings (including our favorite, the silver Balloon Dog Bank, $50) at his six-month-old shop in LoDo.
When You Need: A smart fashion accessory for a special occasion
Go To: Decade
Because: It’s nearly impossible to leave this South Broadway mainstay (it opened in 1998) without buying something from its smart and fresh selection of clothing, purses, jewelry, and tchotchkes.
When You Need: A thank-you gift for the friend who’s always there
Go To: 5 Green Boxes
Because: This Pearl Street staple opened up a Union Station storefront in 2014, making it even easier to grab a cute present—like a Creative Haven coloring book ($6) and a set of Triangle Colored Pencils ($18)—when you’re on the go.
When You Need: Eclectic knickknacks with a decidedly Southwestern vibe
Go To: Sub Rosa Mercantile
Because: Madeleine Zinn’s Sunnyside boutique houses diverse home decor and accessories, like Santa Fe Stoneworks’ handcrafted pocket knives ($95).
When You Need: A cool new piece of gear for your outdoorsy sibling
Go To: Alpine Modern Shop
Because: Coloradans always need a new daypack, thermos, or camp blanket, and those utilitarian items get sleek upgrades at this Boulder store/coffee bar hybrid.
When You Need: To be prepared for your first sage-smudging ceremony
Go To: Sacred Thistle
Because: In this Golden Triangle shop, soft Pendleton blankets share space with woven baskets full of incense sticks, candles, and gardening tools.
When You Need: Party favors fit for a bridal shower or bachelorette weekend
Go To: Wish Gifts
Because: Flasks masquerading as sunscreen bottles and bridal emergency kits filled with safety pins and dental floss provide the humor your party needs.
When You Need: A winter warmer for your daughter’s favorite teacher
Go To: Lore
Because: Owners Alex Ladue and Kiley Wallace are tea aficionados, and their four-month-old Five Points store carries everything a proper tea drinker needs. We’re fans of the Lucent glass teapot ($37) and tins of tea grown in India and China.
When You Need: A dramatic bouquet of flowers
Go To: Bloom by Anuschka
Because: Bloom owner Anuschka Pashel is committed to carrying only unique floral arrangements. Bonus: In addition to her Cherry Creek North store, you can also find Pashel’s blossoms at a sweet-smelling kiosk in the north end of Union Station.
The Envelope, Please
Forget overly sappy big-box cards. Find something more personal—and funnier—at these four stores.
Wordshop: The West Highland card peddler is a no-brainer for anyone looking to coax a smile.
Scribbles: This locally owned shop has helped folks find the perfect card or invitation for eight years.
HMK: A Hallmark offshoot, HMK has a surprisingly cool selection of cards and gifts.
Paper Source: After 33 years in the biz, this Chicago-based card vendor knows just the right words for any occasion.
From top: Courtesy of Fig and Yarrow; Courtesy of Angie Figlino; Courtesy of Hannah Chaussee
When it comes to outfitting themselves for the outdoors, Coloradans have high standards. These six products meet them.
Snow Peak collapsible coffee drip at Feral Mountain Co.
In addition to essentials, this nine-month-old Berkeley store stocks fun gadgets—like this pourover coffee maker ($30)—that are just as crucial when roughing it.
Arc’teryx Cerium LT hoodie
Sure, Arc’teryx is technically a Canadian company, but since its three-tier layering system made its way to Denver this year, we’re all about claiming it as our own. After all, this super-hoodie ($379) has everything we look for in a mid layer: It’s packed with goose down, weighs just 9.3 (women’s) and 10.4 (men’s) ounces, and stuffs easily into our backpacks.
Rab Neutrino Endurance 600 sleeping bag
Mountaineering legend Rab Carrington has notched first ascents everywhere from his native Scotland to the renowned peaks of Patagonia, so we feel pretty lucky that his 35-year-old outdoor gear and apparel company chose Platte Street last year as the site of its only brick-and-mortar location. Right now, we’re coveting this lightweight sleeping bag ($500), which is hand-packed with down and serves as prime real estate for alpine climbers trying to get some shut-eye on narrow bivy ledges.
M.W. Reynolds Hardy Zephrus rod
This outdoor-focused biz has boasted quality brands since its creation in 2005, but its cluttered Englewood store didn’t do the merchandise justice. That all changed when a new location opened downtown in March; there you’ll find bins full of colorful flies backed by half a wall of graphite reels and carbon-fiber rods, including the light but strong Hardy Zephrus ($699).
Chrome Industries Niko camera backpack
Any outdoor adventurer worth his or her Instagram following needs this water-resistant camera bag in black ($180) or a reflective camouflage print ($200). Since opening in Boulder in 1995, the cycling gear company, which is now headquartered in San Francisco, has also expanded into apparel. Everyday commuters will appreciate Chrome’s new waterproof 415 Storm Pro black men’s boots, which allow for screw-in cleats.
Patagonia’s recycled-fabric nano puff jacket
Buying your first piece of Patagucci—er, Patagonia—is a Colorado rite of passage. This fall, the brand released a new version of the nano puff jacket made from recycled fabric and a synthetic microfiber called PrimaLoft ($199). Translation: a water-resistant coat that’s still lightweight and, just as important, consciously crafted.
Photo credits (from top): Courtesy of Snow Peak; Courtesy of Arc’teryx; Courtesy of Rab USA; Courtesy of M.W. Reynolds; Courtesy of Chrome Industries; Courtesy of Patagonia
Babies & Kids
The inherent sophistication of French designs lends a haute couture element to Heloise’s imported collection of girls’ and boys’ clothing and accessories, which includes brands like Johnnie O., Manuela De Juan, and Paris’ Je suis en CP.
We adore the organized chaos of Talulah Jones in City Park West. While half of the colorful shop is devoted to home decor items, the other is packed with goodies for little ones: Milk Barn Organic hedgehog-printed burp cloths, wildlife-track mold kits, puzzles of every size, and an entire wall of stuffed animals (we’re fans of Tenacious Tina the tiger).
Trendy labels such as the San Francisco–designed Tea Collection and Scotch R’Belle (Scotch & Soda’s kids’ line) mean little ones dressed at Nest might wind up with a more stylish wardrobe than their parents.
Whether they’re just starting to crawl or entering the tween years, what’s protecting your kids’ toes matters. Little Feet’s expert staff can help you decide when your baby is ready for his first shoe—pick between well-known brands such as Adidas, Pediped, and Sorel—and educate you on children’s orthotics.
The adorable Hollyhocks moved its ultra-soft blankets, plush stuffed animals, and tiny outfits—think high-fashion brands like Polo Ralph Lauren and Mayoral Babies & Kids—to a gleaming new space in Cherry Creek North in August. Don’t overlook the custom-made sweaters and personal shopping service that have distinguished the store since it first opened in 1999.
Kids’ boutiques tend to be geared toward, well, kids. But Aurora’s Honeybee Baby Boutique caters to moms first. Sure, you’ll spot onesies and picture books in the 18-month-old shop, but next to those are top-of-the line strollers like the Nuna MIXX. And Little Unicorn diaper bags so swanky you could mistake them for designer purses. And ingenious gadgets like FridaBaby Fridet the Buttwasher for those charming potty-training moments. Because every woman with an overenthusiastic toddler deserves some retail therapy.
The only Colorado location of Right Start has everything expecting and new moms could want or need—without having to choose between a dozen of the same product. Store manager Patti Asimus is particularly fond of Make My Day’s silicone baby bibs ($18) and Thule’s Urban Glide stroller ($400).
Head to Berkeley kids store Real Baby for Colorado-flag-adorned onesies and teensy-weensy beanies, socks, and mittens.
Ivivva’s athletic wear for girls adheres to the same standard for stylish exercise gear as its parent company, Lululemon. At the new Cherry Creek location, find Rhythmic tights or a perfect-for-practice jacket, both of which can easily transition from school to extracurriculars.
Photo credits (from top): Courtesy of Bradi Spiller; Courtesy of Claire Witt
Ensure your house looks as good as you do—no matter your budget.
This unassuming store in City Park West resembles your grandmother’s attic, minus the dust. The vintage merchandise changes frequently, so you’re sure to find something new each visit. We recently spotted stately burnished lamps, antique birdcages, and handcrafted wooden cutting boards.
This Congress Park shop—which is opening a second location in Stapleton’s Eastbridge Town Center next month—specializes in terrariums, so your living room can bloom just as brightly as your yard no matter the season. (Photo credit: Courtesy of Coburn Huff)
Cedar & Hyde Mercantile
Although this Boulder store also offers quality clothing, we stop in for the wide array of ceramic dishes and hand-woven Dhurrie-style rugs custom-designed by the owners’ sister. (Photo credit: Courtesy of Jonathan Adler)
Dwell Antiques & Home
Spend enough time perusing the aisles of this expansive retailer in Greenwood Village, and you’re bound to leave with something for everyone: Blithe and Bonny handmade goat’s milk soap for your sister; precious gemstone jewelry from Santa Fe–based Bittersweet for a friend; and a new mirror or wall hanging for yourself.
Since it opened in 1970, this Country Club shop has honored its mission to carry classic home accessories and elegant gifts. It also provides a local alternative for the all-important bridal registry. We’re fond of Organic Pearl’s Beatriz Ball Collection of timeless serving platters (pictured). (Photo credit: Courtesy of The Lark)
Hazel & Dewey
Don’t be surprised if your guests drool almost as much over your new dishware as they do over your cooking. South Broadway’s Hazel & Dewey is smartly filled with kitchen must-haves, from serving utensils made out of cherry wood to glazed stoneware baking vessels.
Lulu’s Furniture & Decor
You don’t need a design plan before visiting Lulu’s: The three on-staff interior designers at this LoHi showroom can help you hone your current renovation project. Or stop by for a quick, smaller upgrade. We’re smitten with the chic Rowe Furniture Keller chairs and Denver neighborhood maps carved into slabs of red cedar ($45, pictured) by Neighborwoods. (Photo credit: Courtesy of Lulu’s Furniture & Decor)
First opened in Crested Butte in 2001, Studio West found a second home in Larimer Square’s subterranean walkway earlier this year. Even if you can’t afford a $1,328 Clarice armchair, pop in to get some decor inspiration (and maybe the $75 “Love You, Love You More” pillowcase set). (Photo credit: Courtesy of Room & Board)
Room & Board
If you can’t find the perfect addition for your home in Room & Board’s recently renovated and expanded 28,000-square-foot store, we’re not sure what to say. Make sure to check out the rooftop patio, where you’ll find plenty of ideas for sprucing up your outdoor spaces in the spring. (Photo courtesy of Room & Board)
Revampt’s mission is to “reclaim, recycle, and repurpose” home decor and furniture, and owner Daniel Louis has a great eye for swanky yet eco-friendly furnishings. Spice up a tired room with pieces such as a three-foot-tall boxcar wine rack (pictured) or a recycled burlap sack pillow. (Photo credit: Courtesy of Revampt)
Rare Finds Warehouse
Make sure your trunk is empty before visiting this hidden gem off I-70 and Monaco. The 10,000-square-foot warehouse contains a massive collection of furniture and accessories sourced from Denver to India, including one-of-a-kind pieces like antique railroad lanterns transformed into hanging lamps. (Photo courtesy of Rare Finds Warehouse)
Shops at 9th Avenue
Though this nondescript block of shops, containing 17 stores under one roof, opened on Broadway in 1999, it still feels like a secret. You could while away hours wandering through the 15,000-square-foot maze of rooms, discovering Frank Howell–signed lithographs, a French antique buffet, and so much more.
You can guess the aesthetic of this East Colfax store from its ’50s name. Unsurprisingly, it’s the authentic vintage pieces (rather than the throwback furniture) that shine: a teak desk that belongs on a Mad Men set, chrome-plated cocktail shakers, and art deco relics like a 1930s slot machine.
Jonathan Adler’s designs embody what we call playful highbrow. The interior design mogul (he began his career as a potter and still is, by trade) remains heavily involved in the creation of every single piece sold in his stores. Look no further than the Goldfinger Lounge Chair ($1,950, pictured) to get a sense of Adler’s ability to blend tasteful with ostentatious. (Photo credit: Courtesy of Jonathan Adler)
This furniture store with Europe-made pieces might be 12 years old, but its 20,000-square-foot RiNo showroom, which opened in 2015, is anything but stale. Studio Como’s contemporary leanings are expertly infused with Rocky Mountain elements. Plus, the venue’s top floor holds 15 living room models (think: an upscale version of IKEA), so you can see how an entire space comes together. (Photo credit: Courtesy of James Florio)
Where the mountain-man aesthetic meets smart and trendy.
Sully & Co
Infuse a little East Coast prep into your weekend or work wardrobe with a paisley bow tie, denim shirt, or corduroy jacket from this Jefferson Park shop, which touts a 100 percent American-made line of classic apparel.
Unlike in many home closets, men and women get (roughly) equal space at this 13-month-old Platte Street shop. We’re drawn to the guys’ side for its broad range of pieces, from graphic T-shirts to custom-designed hats. Subscribe to Env’s email list for a heads up about events with local designers; America’s Next Top Model contestant and Highlands Ranch native Matthew Smith, whose M8W line launched last year, stopped by the shop this past summer.
Editor’s Note 11/28/2016: After our December issue was sent to the printer, Env Denver announced that it will be moving to a new location. Until that site is determined, Env will park a fashion truck stocked with a selection of clothing near its former storefront on Platte Street.
For 13 years, this Larimer Square store has outfitted Denver’s most stylish men in distinctive, fashion-forward garb—like Mizzen and Maine button-downs and Stone Rose’s line of Miami-imported shirts—that’s unavailable elsewhere in the state. This season, pick up a Mattarazi sport coat ($695) in on-trend French blue.
The shelves at this shoe mecca are lined with limited-edition, nostalgic, and iconic sneakers—a selection that became even more awesome when owner Todd McMurry, a Denver native, moved into a larger location across Fillmore Street last year. Go here to land hard-to-find styles, like Nike Air Footscape Woven Chukkas ($160), or USA-made 585s ($360) and Danner light boots ($430), both from the New Balance x Danner American Pioneer Project.
Originally started by Denverite Eric Powell in 2010 as an online-only company, Ratio has since opened a LoHi storefront, which offers a wide selection of business-casual attire, including 150-plus styles of mostly American-made dress shirts.
A trip to Austin/Hauck should be a requirement for Denver men with white-collar jobs—as in, ones that require they wear an actual collar. Expect hands-on customer service at this 16-year-old store started by Littleton residents Doug Hauck and Bill Austin.
Nod & Rose
Although co-owners (and husband and wife) Elizabeth Rose and Nod Norkus started their fashion careers in North Carolina, they understand Boulder’s casual vibe. The proof is on their four-year-old shop’s shelves, which are stocked with womenswear and menswear, such as laid-back Life After Denim sweaters and cozy American Trench socks. Bonus: The storefront recently moved to a more vibrant location on Pearl Street.
The LED-lit sign fronting this Tennyson Street barbershop flashes rainbow colors whenever an appointment is booked—and it’s the first, ahem, sign that Spruce is anything but an old-school parlor. Denverites and co-owners Taylor and Becca Romero married their backgrounds in tech and fashion (and each other) to conceptualize the barbershop meets men’s retail store, which offers a small collection of hip shoes, pants, and men’s shirts. High-tech features continue inside, including a digitized board of wait times, an iPad you can use to find out if a shoe is available in your size, and choose-your-own-lighting dressing rooms.
If you’re a skater or surfer—or just admire the carefree attitude associated with both subcultures—visit this South Broadway shop for beanies, T-shirts, and hoodies designed in-house, plus rad Adidas kicks (e.g., a black-and-orange Stan Smith pair designed by renowned Belgian fashion designer Raf Simons).
Owner Eli Cox has developed such a fan base for his store’s American-made brands that in four years, he’s grown from a tiny shop on Berkeley’s Tennyson Street to a 720-square-foot space on the same block and a new storefront on East Colfax.
At the latter, expect even more styles from familiar labels such as Filson, Railcar, and Rogue Territory.
Goorin Bros. looks like the kind of old-school artisan shop you might expect to find in Italy. In fact, the San Francisco–based company, with 36 locations across North America, has modernized quite a bit since it first opened in 1895, but its Larimer Square and Boulder storefronts still ooze Old World elegance. It’s the proper setting for a venue that sells more than 120 different fedoras; we like the felt Dean the Butcher model for winter warmth.
Armitage & McMillan
Amped-up basics (the cotton twill Krammer & Stoudt button-downs and Save Khaki French terry sweatshirts are among our current favorites) define this 2.5-year-old store. Co-owners Darin Combs and Daniel Armitage are fashion industry veterans who used to work in New York City, so you know they’ve got a good eye for what men should be wearing.
Every man needs at least one impeccably tailored suit in his closet. Here’s where to find the perfect one (and the accessories to go with it) in Denver.
Andrisen Morton $$$
This 10,000-square-foot Cherry Creek storefront is the handsome result of Craig Andrisen and Dave Morton’s 38-year-long business partnership. The elegant shop offers sportswear, shoes, and accessories but specializes in suits, whether it’s a lightweight, tropical version for summer or a 100 percent wool flannel number fit for Colorado winters.
Suit Supply $$
This global suit retailer, which arrived in Cherry Creek North in 2011, is known for its modern cuts, traditional methods, and all-natural, high-quality materials sourced from Italy.
Ted’s Clothiers $
An Englewood stalwart, Ted’s has been outfitting men in fine Italian wool since 1975.
Knotty Tie Co. $
A new suit needs an equally beguiling partner—and no, we don’t just mean someone on your arm. We’re talking about a custom tie, bow tie, or pocket square from this Lincoln Park company, which partners with local refugee agencies to employ those who have recently relocated from war-torn countries.
Photo credits (from top): Courtesy of Rogelio Montes; Courtesy of DVSN West; Courtesy of Ratio Clothing; Courtesy of Keegan Schultz; Courtesy of Goorin Bros.; Courtesy of Armitage & McMillan; Courtesy of Jack Victor/Ted’s Clothiers; Courtesy of Knotty Tie Co.