Oliver Sharpe is something of a local celebrity on the cobblestone streets of Aspen. A longtime fixture of local TV, he is known for his affable personality, insightful interviews, quick wit and, yes, fashion sense. For Sharpe—who hosts Après, a weekly show on Aspen 82—an interest in all things sartorial came early. “When I was 2 years old, I said to my mom that I would only wear shirts with two buttons, a collar and an alligator,” he says. “I’ve always had an interest in clothes and in defining my personal style.”
Sharpe made his way to Aspen in 2002, looking for, as he says, “a soft place to land after living through 9/11 in New York City.” He found what he was looking for in Aspen, which quickly became the Virginia native’s adopted home. “I am attracted to people who are good at things, and I was drawn in by the eclectic collection of high-performing eccentrics who call Aspen home.” It seems Aspen is also a great fit for Sharpe’s unique fashion sensibility. “I really appreciate the sense of accomplishment you get from dressing against the elements,” he says.
Ralph Lauren, Common Projects, Saturdays NYC, Moncler and Burton (specifically the Durable Goods and AK lines) are among Sharpe’s favorite labels. And while Sharpe radiates a breezy air, his approach to style is anything but. “I pack by palette when I head to New York—browns and blues, or grays and blacks, and I always leave plenty of room for purchases.” As for his fashion do’s and don’ts, Sharpe has a few rules: “No white below the waist before Memorial Day,” he states with conviction. And then there is his most unusual—not to mention difficult to abide by—fashion rule: “I take a lot of flak over this, but I’m a stickler for not mixing labels,” says the 38-year-old, who is married to Marina Sharpe, co-founder of ZG Collective.
When it comes to his TV gig, Sharpe is remarkably more laid-back. “My interview style is relaxed and conversational,” he says. “I try to have a similar interaction on camera as I would have on the street. I try and dress that way too. That said, if Aspen 82 ever gets a bigger wardrobe budget, I’ll wear a tuxedo every day!”
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