Top of the Town 2015: Shopping

The best places to buy jewelry, furniture, gifts, suits, cocktail dresses, and more.

June 17 2015, 2:59 PM

—Photo courtesy of Fancy Tiger Clothing

Fine Jewelry

Editors’ Choice
Fifth Avenue Designs
It’s not every day that a person looks to create a family heirloom, but if that time comes, there’s comfort in knowing the person doing the making understands how important your trinket is. For us, that person is Lannette Lampert at Fifth Avenue Designs in Cherry Creek North. With precious objects in hand (in this case, two family wedding bands), we ventured into the jewelry store with little idea of what exactly we wanted. Lampert immediately got it, asked a bunch of what’s-your-metal-preference, what’s-your-price-range kinds of questions, and went to work helping us design a two-toned necklace that, in the end, was exactly what we didn’t know we had been looking for all along. 150 Steele St., 303-394-2020

Readers’ Choice
Shane Co.
9790 E. Arapahoe Road, Greenwood Village, 303-799-4700; 6550 W. 104th Ave., Westminster, 303-460-8200

Consignment Store

Editors’ Choice
Ali’s Closet Consignment Boutique 
We have long been devoted to Ali’s better-than-average selection of dresses, shoes, and stylish tees, many of which ring in under $100. (Walking away with Burberry wedges marked down to $120 has a tendency to make one a regular.) But news that the 20-year-old store is doubling in size this fall—and adding children’s clothing—has us seriously concerned for our paychecks. Thankfully, the 40 percent off section is staying put. Not only do our wallets get a break, but all the proceeds benefit local charities nominated by customers each month. 1610 E. Girard Place, Suite K, Englewood, 303-843-9956

Readers’ Choice
Design Repeats 8200 S. Colorado Blvd., Centennial, 303-670-2900

Fashion Designer

Editors’ Choice
Esarsi’s beginnings are an entrepreneurial cliché (the company began on a cocktail napkin). The shoes, though, are anything but. Designed by Denver mother-daughter duo Rosalie and Stacey Cooper, Esarsi’s high-fashion footwear mixes fabrics and textures and incorporates funky metalwork to create masterpieces for your feet. We particularly love the Celia ($1,125), with its snakeskin strip and gold-cutout heel, and the Ava ($995, pictured), an edgy, distressed copper–bedecked high-heel take on the gladiator sandal. Since the pair debuted their line in 2012, Esarsi has been featured in Vogue and on The Daily Buzz and picked up by LA’s Fred Segal and, locally, A Line Boutique. Stacey, a University of Colorado Boulder and London College of Fashion alum, now lives in Milan, where she oversees production of the handmade shoes, but her mom still finds inspiration in Colorado.

Readers’ Choice
Stephanie O. 


Editors’ Choice
Andrisen Morton
Forget the dreaded hours-long shopping trip for an appropriate suit. Within five minutes (seriously) of walking in the door of this tony Cherry Creek store, our salesman had found the perfect size, cut, and color for our occasion (a wedding) and discovered an undiagnosed dip in our right shoulder—three-eighths of an inch—that made the jacket hang strangely. (No problem; the in-house tailor simply added a bit of padding.) Andrisen Morton has been at the top of Denver’s suit-selling game—think brands such as Cucinelli, Zegna, and Brioni—for nearly four decades. And in September the store will cement its status as a men’s mecca with the unveiling of an expansion and remodel that will create room for 40 percent more inventory. That means more sizes, colors, and styles for every type of shopper—though the lopsided among us will still require a tailor. 270 Saint Paul St., 303-377-8488

Readers’ Choice
Nordstrom multiple locations


Editors’ Choice
Eron Johnson Antiques
You’ve got to take a slight detour from well-trodden South Broadway to uncover Eron Johnson Antiques, but you’ll be glad you did. The two-story, 30,000-square-foot warehouse is a veritable emporium of everything, well, old and interesting. (A recent trip uncovered painted carousel horses, 18th-century oil works, and 17th-century Dutch tiles.) This isn’t the kind of place where you’ll be digging through quasi-antiques—like dusty mason jars—to find the good stuff, either. Everything on the main floor has undergone Johnson’s rigorous inspection, a skill he’s honed during more than three decades of antique dealing (he started his first shop at age 22). That means there’s not a lot under the $100 mark, but bargain hunters can head for the estate-sale room for more affordable finds. 389 S. Lipan St., 303-777-8700

Readers’ Choice 
Dwell Antiques & Home 5910 S. University Blvd., Unit C12, Greenwood Village, 303-795-3454


Editors’ Choice
Inspyre Boutique
The key to building a solid accessory collection is mixing and matching statement pieces with ones that only look expensive. Enter Denver native Britni Jensen’s charming boutiques (a third Inspyre location, in Lone Tree, opened in October). The varied selection—including leather Journey clutches, soft floral scarves, and necklaces made by the nonprofit Shine Project—blends sophistication with fun while remaining wallet-friendly; most accessories ring in at $50 or less. At checkout, follow the store on Instagram for a $5 (one-time) discount. Multiple locations

Readers’ Choice
Hailee Grace1423 Larimer St., Suite 090, 303-698-2323


Editors’ Choice
Jean styles change as often as Colorado’s spring weather (is high-waist denim in or out?), which is why we look to Garbarini—the three-decade-old Cherry Creek North stalwart—to stay on-trend. The 9,000-square-foot store is brimming with denim from more than 20 designers, including name brands such as AG Jeans, 7 For All Mankind, and Genetic. (Don’t worry, the knowledgeable staff will help you wade through the stacks to find the look that best fits your, umm, assets.) Plus, this month is the best time to invest in a new pair; the 45th annual Cherry Creek North Sidewalk Sale, with almost 80 shops selling discounted wares, runs July 16 to 19. 239 Detroit St., 303-333-8686

Readers’ Choice
The Garment District 2595 S. Colorado Blvd., 303-757-3371

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—Images courtesy of Carlo Branz, Eron Johnson Antiques, and Kristina Lynn Photography