Weather Vain: Boulder, Colorado - 87 and Clear

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Why does this time of year make us want to head west? Maybe it’s our lungs itching for some mountain air? Here’s what we’d wanna be wearing today in the Berkeley of the Rockies. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ A Collette Ishiyama bracelet that everyone at the shop Weekends would die over. 

+ A Fleabags clutch that’s polished enough for a stay at St. Julien—but also completely down to hit the farmers’ market.

+ This ring, by Satomi Kawakita, that wouldn’t get in the way of any outdoor activities.

+ Sunglasses from Warby Parker—required if you plan on spending any time exploring Pearl Street.

+ Lace-ups from Soludos that keep your toes protected when you hop on a cruiser rented from Boulder Bikesmith.

+ A Lemlem dress ready to score a seat at Oak's chef's counter.

Whoa, there’s a whole lot more “Weather Vain” to be had.

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Weather Vain: Denver, Colorado - 95 and Partly Cloudy

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You know what is mile-high about this city today? The temperatures. Here’s how to cope with some steaminess in CO. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ TOMTOM earrings, as shiny as the coins coming out of the Denver Mint.

+ A 3.1 Phillip Lim dress that’s breezy enough for a (nighttime) stroll around LoDo.

+ These Warby Parker aviators + a humungo Novo Coffee iced latte = a recipe to beat the heat.

+ Kenzo sandals as upbeat as the vibe at Lucile’s. Mmm…po’boy lunch.

+ A frieda&nellie bracelet that’s ready to do late-night dins at The Squeaky Bean.

+ A little Eayrslee wallet with just enough cash for a pint of Crooked Stave beer.

Get more “Weather Vain!” Do it!

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Weather Vain: Breckenridge, Colorado - 10 With a Chance of Snow

You guys! I’m on a ski trip! And while I couldn’t be more thrilled to be slaloming my way around Breck, I wouldn’t be too bummed (ok, I’d be THRILLED) if it would warm up, oh, 20 degrees. Here, an attempt to stay warm. —erica

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Clockwise from top left:

+ The sort of Fleabags tote you can pack with extra hats and gloves that you’ll no doubt need.

+ Teensy Blanca Monrós Gómez earrings—because the thought of any more metal than this touching your skin…

+ A scarf from A Peace Treaty that’s cozy yet stylin’ enough for dinner at Modis.

+ A Rag & Bone sweater that would look pretty freaking cute with a turtleneck underneath, if you wanted another layer.

+ This Kai-aakmann parka is the anti-fleece.

+ Mou boots: If Uggs had a cousin who always had a pristine manicure…

+ Mother cords—just warm enough for a (short) walk down Main Street.

+ These Imoni gloves are ready for hot chocolate at Peak 7—or a bourbon at the Breckenridge Distillery

There’s a lot more “Weather Vain” to be had. Right this way…

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A Day in Steamboat Springs With the Shipley & Halmos Guys

These New York City boys have a soft spot for the mountains.

Although Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos, the dream team behind Shipley & Halmos, are currently based in NYC, the two have called a bunch of locales home. Together, they’ve spent time in Florida (where Jeff was born), Illinois (where Sam was born), California, Virginia, and Colorado—a place that holds an extra-special place in their hearts. “We met at the University of Colorado—I spent four years in Colorado, and Sam had lived there since he was 13. Sam and I and our college friends go every year for a ski and snowboarding trip,” says Jeff. Below, they talk us through their favorite places to visit, besides the runs. —alisha prakash


The view from Slopeside.

Slopeside Grill
Jeff: “Great après-ski spot at the base of the mountain. If it’s sunny and warm, they have a huge patio right on the snow.” (slopesidegrill.com)

Snowbowl
Sam:“It has an old-school bowling alley vibe, cheap drinks, and really nice owners. You might even get lucky and visit on a rock ‘n’ bowl night. If you’re like us, the competition gets intense, which often leads to arguments amongst our group of friends.” (snowbowl.net)

The Smokehouse
Jeff: “We’ve been doing this trip for the last 10 years, but it wasn’t till recently that we discovered the desert wings they have at The Smokehouse. Neither of us are big wing fans, but these are another story. They use this dry rub that’s off the charts! Plus, the tap beers are served in giant frosty glasses—always a plus.” (steamboatsmokehouse.com)


Crowds enjoying the hot springs.

Strawberry Park Hot Springs
Sam: “These natural hot springs are about a 30-minute drive outside downtown Steamboat. They have various natural rock pools that cascade down from the mountain. If it’s snowing, this place is gorgeous. You need a four-wheel-drive car to get there, by the way.” (strawberryhotsprings.com)

Rio Grande
Jeff: “This tradition started in our Boulder days—we’d visit the Rio as a pre-game spot to have a couple margaritas before going out. Warning: These are not normal margs. They each have something like four or five shots of Cuervo Gold in them. That’s why the restaurant has a policy to limit to three per guest. Pace yourselves, especially in the altitude!” (riograndemexican.com)

Howelsen Hill
Sam: “Steamboat is home to more U.S. Olympic athletes than any other mountain. The (crazy) people that fly off the giant ski jumps practice here, which is really amazing to watch. Plus, there’s a tubing course—on the snow—in the afternoon and evening that is super fun.”

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Around the World with Wanderluster

Tag along to Iceland and San Francisco, on staycations and weekend trips.

When Rammy Lee Park started her jewelry line in June 2011, the name Wanderluster came almost instantly. A hardcore traveler, Rammy wanted her architectural, attitudinal pieces to embody the same sense of adventure that the word wanderlust (and she!) does. And these days, like most everybody, she logs her journeys via Instagram (handle: @xwanderluster). These are some of her most recent worth-a-pic moments. —jiayi ying

Rammy made us a necklace (that transforms into a bracelet!) inspired by these travels—check it out, pronto. 

TRAVEL CHARMS
"I never go anywhere without this antique porcelain elephant and blue heart—both were given to me by my boyfriend."

PACKING
"I try to pack in a way that helps me get through security as quickly as possible. These are my go-to bags for trips under five days long. The larger one is Stella McCartney for LeSportsac from years ago, and I’ve taken it to Ireland, Istanbul, Iceland, and so on."

REYKJAVIK
"Iceland! I went to celebrate my birthday, and it was one of my most memorable trips. I spent most of my time there with my eyes agog at the natural yet surreal beauty of the land and the elegance and simplicity of the architecture. As a result, my fall/winter 2013 collection is going to be all about Iceland."

COLORADO SUN
"This was taken on Father’s Day, when my parents and I went boating on a lake in the Rocky Mountains. I’m from Denver, but I never appreciated the mountains until after I moved to New York twelve years ago. Now, I try to explore them every time I’m home."

SAN FRANCISCO
"I’ve been spending a lot of time in SF lately, and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite American cities. I never actually visited as an adult until last year, and since then, I’ve gone four or five times. I’ve been ceaselessly charmed by the riotous colors, the Victorian homes, and the way the streets slope."

NEW YORK CITY
"I love moments in the city when I feel transported to another place. Here’s this magical little oasis in midtown. #wanderlocally"

WILLIAMSBURG BRIDGE
"This is going to make it into a bangle soon. I’m not sure when my NYC-inspired collection will come out, but it can’t be avoided—it’s my home."

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Why “Made in the USA” Matters to Topo

How the Topo guys show America some love.

“We’re global citizens and enjoy things made all around the world, but we’re very proud to be making and producing things in the country we call home,” Mark Hansen says. He and his cohort Jedd Rose design the sort of gear—cross-body backpacks and wooly camping blankets—that begs for a hiking trip to Joshua Tree or, okay, a Saturday morning jaunt to the Boulder County Farmers’ Market. Here’s how and why they keep the Topo Design focus on the U.S. of A. —seth putnam


Jedd: We go to Telluride for the film festival every year, and we see people there dressed to a tee with retro jackets or hiking boots they’ve had for 25 years. That’s the culture we’re surrounded by, and that translates to the gear we make.”


Mark: We get as much as we possibly can from the U.S.: Our Cordura fabric is milled in Connecticut. Another thing that’s a big feature in my mind are zippers, and we specifically get YKK zippers, which are made in the U.S. They adds a premium to the price, but they’re part of what’s important to us.


Mark: The building where our products are made is LEED-certified. When we’re creating things, we want them to have a responsible nature about them. Both of us are interested in not just green buildings but also green products, and that’s what we strive for.”

Tomorrow, score Jedd and Mark’s Of a Kind edition. Sign up for our email list for a heads up.

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Meet Topo Designs

It was a ski trip that started the line.

There’s a funny dynamic between Mark Hansen (left) and Jedd Rose, the two masterminds behind the Colorado upstart Topo Designs. Both men are the products of active families—the kind of adventurers who spent their childhoods outdoors every weekend, hunting and fishing and camping and skiing. But when it comes to what they look for in outdoor performance gear, they couldn’t be more different. “I’m a thrift-store and flea-market junkie—constantly looking around and collecting things I find. I’d use something that didn’t work so well as long as it looked cool, and Mark is the opposite,” laughs Jedd. “I was always saying, ‘I’d like this bag if it only had this one thing, so I’m not going to buy it,’” Mark chimes in. “I was the guy who would never buy anything.”

A few years back, the Topo guys were in the car on a ski trip, thinking about their pack obsession. What they’d collected over the years was either too retro to be functional or too performance-oriented to have the throwback aesthetic they loved. They started talking about what kind of bag would satisfy both desires. And when they got home, they decided to make the thing themselves. “We bought a sewing machine, and the rest is history,” Jedd says. “It’s a great balance for us, because I can check my wildness against his sanity.” Sounds like a good—and useful—match. —seth putnam

Just wait til you see what the guys made for us. Get on our email list for first dibs.

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Meet Morgan Parish

The ideal line for both sides of your brain.

Ten years ago, L.A.-born designer Ayeisha Mesinger was an engineering major at a crossroads: She knew she loved math and practical thinking, but her architecture classes had made her fall for design, too. Betting on her instincts, she went for an art history B.A., which she later paired with another degree in product development from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.

While on the job as an assistant designer—first at Forever 21, then at Band of Outsiders—Ayeisha found herself running around the city with a canvas tote that could not, would not handle her load. “I just wanted to have one massive leather bag that I could use for both work and travel,” she explains. When scouring vintage stores for the winning model proved fruitless, she set out to create her own version of the perfect tote. And then the perfect clutch. In no time, she was designing the perfect everything for all of her friends on the hunt for accessories as slick as they were practical—and exercise that evolved into the line Morgan Parish.

These days, she creates timeless carryalls (and a few carry-somes), tricked out with her signature dip-dyed horsehair tassel, from her new home in Boulder, Colorado. The move away from freeway-fueled Los Angeles meshes with her design mantra, as it were: “I just wanted to give people a chance to get back to basics,” she explains. “Sometimes life can be complicated, so the more I can simplify it, the better.” —monica derevjanik

Score Ayeisha’s poppy edition: bold, sleek suede-and-canvas pouches in electric blue and fuchsia. A one-two punch.

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Lindsey Thornburg

Lindsey Thornburg always wanted to be different. Growing up in Aspen, Colorado, in the nineties, she took up snowboarding—a new-ish sport back then—listened to underground punk, and scoured vintage stores for the tiniest T-shirts she could find.

After design school, Lindsey moved to New York, where she pieced together flowing dresses out of scraps of vintage fabrics. But it was a trip to Machu Picchu—spurred by a “quarter-life crisis” (her words!)—that really molded Lindsey’s aesthetic into what it is now. Combining traditional Incan costume silhouettes with the motifs of her Western upbringing, she began cutting up her grandfather’s old Pendleton blankets, turning them into amazing Technicolor dream cloaks. “It’s really comforting to have a blanket around you all the time,” she says. “It feels good; it lifts your spirit.”

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Meet Lindsey Thornburg

How a trip to Machu Picchu changed everything.

Lindsey Thornburg always wanted to be different. Growing up in Aspen, Colorado, in the nineties, she took up snowboarding—a new-ish sport back then—listened to underground punk, and scoured vintage stores for the tiniest T-shirts she could find.

After design school, Lindsey moved to New York, where she pieced together flowing dresses out of scraps of vintage fabrics. But it was a trip to Machu Picchu—spurred by a “quarter-life crisis” (her words!)—that really molded Lindsey’s aesthetic into what it is now. Combining traditional Incan costume silhouettes with the motifs of her Western upbringing, she began cutting up her grandfather’s old Pendleton blankets, turning them into amazing Technicolor dream cloaks. “It’s really comforting to have a blanket around you all the time,” she says. “It feels good; it lifts your spirit.”

That beatific philosophy has stuck with Lindsey as she’s grown her line to include otherworldly dresses, breezy sweaters, and David Bowie-worthy blazers—her designs are at once defiant and respectful. “It’s important to get down to the roots of nature and the planet,” she explains. “Just sitting by a tree and tripping out on why that tree is so beautiful…and taking all that information back and putting it into clothing.” —raquel laneri

Lindsey’s jaw-dropping edition is here! This super-light cashmere wrap is straight-up stunning.

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