December 8, 2019
Daly down jacket, $1,300, and Team Aztech ski pant, $750;
Aztech Mountain debuts a collection of ski apparel that goes from slopes to streets.
The success of Aztech Mountain men’s ski apparel inspired its launch into a new market: women’s clothing. Co-founded seven years ago by Aspen-raised, New York-resident Heifara Rutgers and New York-bred David Roth, Aztech is rooted in the mountains, but maintains a cosmopolitan sensibility. The brand’s head of design, Casey Cadwallader, who’s also the current creative director for Thierry Mugler, crafted a thoughtful Aztech women’s collection that pays as much attention to detail, tech and function as its foundational men’s line.
The result? The ski jackets are no-frills, no-fur silhouettes in two flattering shapes, offering equal balance for heli-skiing or Aspen Mountain Club wine-sipping. Many pieces are named after iconic Aspen landmarks—Daly down jacket, Silver Queen reversible bomber, Loge Peak ski shirt—and one features a historic ski photo of Kiki Cutter, the first American ski racer to win a World Cup event. The image of Cutter served as a source of inspiration during the design process and is screen-printed on the interior lining of the women’s Nuke suit, a perennial from the men’s collection that comes in black camo, and soft or loud solids. It’s crafted from Dermizax EV four-way stretch nylon filled with traceable down, and has a removable hood and powder skirt for groomer days.
For the base layers, Aztech recreated the men’s popular, bright-colored plaid ski shirts using the same colorways, as well as some ubercozy cashmere midlayer shirts. For vintage nods, opt for the Aspen Flake sweater, inspired by heritage ski sweaters. But, for the best fashion execution to go from slope to city? The architectural three-quarter-length Elk Mountain puffer or zippy Silver Queen reversible bomber. They make for fun on many types of runs. $295-$1,850, Performance Ski, 614 E. Durant. Ave., aztechmountain.com
Nuke suit in powder blue, $1,850
Photography by: Courtesy of Aztech Mountain