Art + Soul Celebrates 15th Anniversary
Downtown Boulder got a little chicer in 2000 when Pennsylvania native Debbie Klein opened up her fine art and jewelry gallery Art + Soul. The space quickly became known for its funky yet inviting ambience, as well as for championing both national and local artists and designers. This month marks Art + Soul’s 15th anniversary, and Klein is throwing a party on Friday, October 16 to celebrate. Beyond bites from Gondolier Italian Eatery, a family-style restaurant that’s been in various corners of Boulder since 1960, and sweets from Piece, Love & Chocolate, art lovers as well as the jewelry-obsessed with find something that catches their eye.
Fine-art fans: You’ll be on-hand for the opening of local artists and partners Joan Anderson and Robert Spellman‘s first joint gallery show since 2002. Anderson’s contributions are new pieces from Sketch Book, a series inspired by her magazine An0An, while Spelllman’s Vessels & c. portrays ordinary items such as tin cups and water pitchers in unexpected ways.
Jewelry aficionados: Peruse the intricate craftsmanship of Alex Sepkus‘ covetable baubles in his Fall 2016 trunk show preview (it formally kicks off the following day). A native of Lithuania, Sepkus’ work is recognizable for its medieval-meets-modern aesthetic. Using mainly recycled gold and platinum—90 percent of the metal used in his designs comes from jewelry or electronics that have been scrapped many times over—Sepkus sets his designs with hand-selected specialty gemstones from around the world. Friday, October 16, 5 to 8 p.m.; 1615 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-544-5803, artandsoulboulder.com; Free
The T*Bar Lingerie Reopens With Online Store
Like many, I was bummed when downtown Boulder’s fantastic and fun lingerie boutique, the T*Bar, closed in 2010. Turns out, owner Debby Caplin hasn’t gone away—she’s just gone online.
T*Bar’s goal has always been helping men get more comfortable shopping in the frilly, sexy world of lingerie. Caplin does so by simplifying the process of finding the perfect style for that special someone with a “Build Your Babe” Q&A, which (quite literally) lets men assemble their lady from body type to personality. Answer some basic questions—general sizes, hobbies, her favorite date-night shoe—and the website will filter a manageable lineup of lingerie recommendations. If you think you know your lady well already (or you know she’d rather pick out a gift herself), shop Caplin’s tightly curated collection of lingerie brands for unique styles you won’t find on mega sites. My top picks: The trendsetting looks of Dutch designer Marlies Dekkers (pictured, left: Space Odyssey push-up bra, $89, and thong, $45); the sexy and sophisticated styles of Lascivious from the UK; and, out of Montreal, beautiful foundations by Monetelle. Tip for the ladies: For even easier gift giving, create an account and save your faves to a personalized wish list.
Happy First Birthday, Sully & Co!
We’ve written quite a bit about the rise of menswear stores in Denver over the last couple of years. One of the most recent is Sully & Co in Jefferson Park, which sells simple yet elegant pieces that transfer seamlessly between work and nightlife, and won’t empty a guy’s wallet. (Check out our guide to this up-and-coming ‘hood.) Owner Mark Snipe’s all American-made menswear store is turning one—and marking the milestone by launching an online store.
Snipe works hard to make his brick-and-mortar store a pleasant shopping experience, but he admits sullyandco.com will be a bit experimental at first. The launch will include much of the store’s denim, outerwear, and accessories lines. Recent additions worth checking out include General Knot & Co. from Bedford, New York, which manufactures neckwear from vintage fabrics, and Mother Freedom‘s outerwear vests—perfect layering options for Denver’s varied climate. For this season, Snipe says every man should own a beautifully tailored navy blazer because it’s versatile and easily dresses up denim. His pick: Southwick’s Grafton sport jacket (pictured, $750) because its tailored, modern cut is slimming and complements any build. 2443 Eliot St, 720-398-8064, sullyandco.com