Aspen Peak - - Contents - BY CHRISTINA CLE­MENTE

New York de­signer (and win­ter­sea­son hit) Valentina Kova extends her Aspen res­i­dency through sum­mer—and adds a new ex­clu­sive col­lec­tion.


Valentina Kova’s epony­mous line of lux­ury wom­enswear and fine jew­elry has caught the eye of celebri­ties like Ju­lianne Moore (or “Julie,” as Kova calls her) and Jane Fonda, is sold over­seas in France and Ja­pan, and is par­tially man­u­fac­tured in the same Ital­ian fac­tory as prod­ucts from Her­mès and Chanel (all the rest is made in the USA). But to the 30-some­thing de­signer, her most sig­nif­i­cant ac­com­plish­ment since found­ing her brand five years ago in New York City’s Gar­ment District (where all of her wares are de­signed) was open­ing her first bou­tique—in Aspen.

“I fell in love with the com­mu­nity, with na­ture, with the cre­ative things that Aspen of­fered me,” says Kova, who after a four-month res­i­dency this win­ter has de­cided to ex­tend the tem­po­rary shop’s stay through the sum­mer, from June 17 to Septem­ber 15. “We felt like we al­ready made so many friends and ex­plored so many venues, so why not take this jour­ney a lit­tle bit fur­ther?”

When de­cid­ing where to open a re­tail store to join

the brand’s by-ap­point­ment ate­lier in New York and mul­ti­ple whole­salers around the coun­try, Kova con­sid­ered fac­tors like pedes­trian traf­fic, level of in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure, and over­all sense of com­mu­nity. “We did ex­ten­sive re­search, and Aspen was one of the cities that came up,” says the Rus­sian­born de­signer. Clearly it was the right choice: “We had a re­ally good re­sponse to our prod­ucts from clients who have houses in Aspen, but also from peo­ple who come and go, and we just felt that win­ter didn’t of­fer us enough ex­po­sure.”

As she did for the first res­i­dency, Kova will cre­ate pieces ex­clu­sive to Aspen—only this time, in­stead of fur jack­ets and cash­mere frocks, the line will be based on lighter ma­te­ri­als like cot­ton and linen. “There’s so much go­ing on in a place like Aspen in the sum­mer— peo­ple go for a walk, go to the farm­ers mar­ket, they have lunch,” says Kova. “We’re think­ing of what uni­form this woman wants.” The store will also of­fer all-sea­son items, in keep­ing with both the brand’s DNA and the fash­ion sen­si­bil­ity of Aspen’s shop­pers, whom Kova refers to as “in­ter­na­tional women”: “She needs clothes that are great for dif­fer­ent cli­mates, great for travel.”

Also ex­clu­sive to the res­i­dency will be 100 dif­fer­ent col­or­ways (as op­posed to the few avail­able online) for ev­ery item in the brand’s Icon Col­lec­tion, an ev­ery­day-lux­ury line of sculp­tural dresses, skirts, vests, and jack­ets, of­fer­ing Aspen­ites a spe­cial be­spoke ex­pe­ri­ence. “We want [shop­pers] to come in and cus­tom­ize,” Kova says. “What we cre­ate is a wardrobe.”

“Why not take this jour­ney a lit­tle bit fur­ther?” says de­signer Valentina Kova, who has ex­tended her Mill Street res­i­dency (BE­LOW) through the sum­mer. HERE: The plat­inum and di­a­mond Alyssa neck­lace (price on re­quest); gold, di­a­mond, and sap­phire...

Sum­mer silk: Fran­cis trench ($1,950), cami top ($432), and Au­gusta chif­fon pants ($1,775), from the Spring/Sum­mer col­lec­tion. BE­LOW: Valentina Kova’s Mill Street bou­tique.

208 S. Mill St., 970-710-7631; valenti­ .

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