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The Denver retail scene is constantly in flux—with stores opening, closing, moving, or upgrading. Here, we take a look at three retailers who are making moves this fall.
Flying isn’t exactly a glamorous mode of travel. The crowded seats and minimal legroom are bad enough, but worst of all is the risk of losing a checked bag full of your favorite clothing (according to the Department of Transportation, the airlines mishandled almost 347,000 pieces of luggage in 2017). That’s where luxury travel clothing brand Anatomie comes in. Designed by husband-and-wife team Shawn and Kate Boyer, Anatomie is a line of timeless, trans-seasonal sleek-fitting jackets, relaxed, but polished T-shirts, and flattering straight-leg pants that can be worn solo or layered in a number of stylish combinations. Offered in a wide range of sizes (kudos to the duo for creating a body-friendly line) and in lightweight fabrics that are machine or hand washable, quick to dry (a hotel blow dryer will do the trick if you’re short on time), wrinkle resistant, and stretchy, these pieces are both practical and comfortable.
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And now you can find Anatomie right here in Denver, with their first stand-alone retail concept—a limited engagement pop-up store in Cherry Creek North that will be open through January 2020. Here, shoppers will receive personalized advice on how to create a complete travel wardrobe for wherever their next adventure may take them. But why launch in Denver? Retail entrepreneur Luca Bruno, whose self-named Due Luca Bruno boutique in Vail sold out a small trial of the line right away, explains: “No one wants to check a bag, and with Anatomie you don’t have to. Travelers can pack enough for a two-week trip with as many as 15 pieces, including a mixture of pants, tops, and jackets in a carry-on bag weighing only eight pounds.”
And that means no more travel nightmares—at least for your clothing. Anatomie Cherry Creek, 2500 E. 2nd Ave., Suite #110, anatomie.com
Midnight Rambler began as a cozy boho boutique in the Sunnyside neighborhood. But last November, owner Ashley Fankhauser quietly closed shop and relocated her boutique into a sun-drenched, renovated Victorian-era home in City Park West, while simultaneously rebooting the Midnight Rambler concept. Fans will still find her cool edit of indie-rocker fashion that’s ethically produced and sustainably made, but will also be able to shop a collective of several Denver-based female entrepreneurs.
Inside the new, three-story space, shoppers will find a wide range of wares, including ethical and sustainable children’s clothing by Lily & Raye. Helmed by Rebecca Goode, a former accessory buyer and visual merchandiser for Free People, Lily & Raye offers everything from newborn baby onesies to children’s T-shirts and jeans up to size 6. Shoppers can also find local jeweler Sarah Lewis of Hiouchi Jewels, who designs delicate necklaces, silver bracelets accented with crystals, and intricately patterned semi-precious stone rings. For your pet, check out Littleton’s own Wigglebutt & Co., whose pet products range from organic doggy treats to collar charms, while MR Home carries Fankhauser’s selection of candles, small home accessories, textiles, and gifts.
But the best part of the new space has to be the Rambler Retreat, hidden away on the boutique’s top floor. It features the community space Fankhauser long looked for when considering her move. Designed by Denver event and interior designer Hunt and Gather, the space functions as a setting for photo shoots, bohemian style showroom, and special events. To keep up with everything going on at MR, check out the “Workshop” tab on the website and sign up for fall courses on crystal healing, Ayurveda, or even astrology and love. “Whether we are hosting networking events, having experts come in to teach specialized classes or just creating cool events to say thank you to our customers,” says Fankhauser, “we love being able to share the retreat with our bohemian community.” Midnight Rambler Boutique, 2220 E. Colfax Ave., 303-507-9248, midnightramblerboutique.com
The Diamond Reserve
We first told you about the Diamond Reserve back in February, when we interviewed diamond broker Kaeleigh Testwuide about how she works with clients. In September, Testwuide expanded her gemstone empire by adding a second Denver location. The new downtown space will be located right on the 16th Street Mall, and just like its sister office in Cherry Creek North, will offer a large selection of loose GIA-certified diamonds. Clients can also chat with Testwuide about designing custom engagements rings, as well as fine diamond and gemstone jewelry. However, just like the CCN outpost, the new downtown location will also be appointment only, so make sure to call and schedule a meeting before just dropping by. The Diamond Reserve, Market Square, 1400 16th St., Suite 4001; 100 Fillmore St., Unit 552, 720-560-3548, thediamondreserve.com