For Alice + Olivia CEO and Creative Director Stacey Bendet, the local store featuring pieces from her colorful clothing empire holds a special place in her heart.
Vacationing in Aspen since she was 8 years old, it’s also where she met her husband, Eric Eisner, 15 years ago during a dinner with mutual friends at Matsuhisa. The couple continue to break away from their New York City lives for frequent trips to the Rockies with their three daughters. With close to 100 boutiques currently operating across the globe, Bendet opened Alice + Olivia Aspen last summer—a full-circle moment since starting her line in 2002 by making her own pants postgraduation.
“At the time, everyone was wearing jeans, so I started creating bootcut and bell bottom-style jeans made from novelty and upholstery fabrics,” she says. “It was just the beginning of the contemporary fashion world—Andrew Rosen [co-founder and CEO of Theory] came to a small fashion show I did at the Russian Tea Room and offered to help me expand. Needless to say, he was the best partner I could ever ask for!”
Her spring 2020 collection coined The Classics features 74 styles in monochromatic tones aimed to be worn as wardrobe essentials for the modern working woman. Think clean suiting, signature jumpsuits, tailored trousers, luxe knits and elegant outerwear—all designed as foundation pieces to streamline an everyday look that’s minimal and mixable. While most Aspenites typically deviate from corporate dressing while at altitude, Bendet says, “This line is so perfect off the slopes from day to night. Our cozy cashmere sweaters and slip skirts are so cute together—especially under big coats and furry boots.” 535 E. Hyman Ave.
Stacey's Haute Spots
Yoga: Aspen Shakti, O2
Smoothie: JUS Aspen
Lunch: Spring Café
Après-Ski: The Little Nell
Hot Cocao: Paradise Bakery
Hike: Maroon Bells
Nightlife: Belly Up Aspen, Caribou Club
Inspiration: Aspen Art Museum
Photography by: Courtesy of Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet