Over the years, Cherry Creek has become synonymous with style and, this season, we are recognizing our favorite women’s boutiques. From homegrown to haute couture, these shops are the talk – and toast – of the town. — Betsy Marr
When Laurie O’Connell decided to open a Cherry Creek outpost of her popular Vail-based Perch, mile high fashionistas did a happy dance. And with good reason. Perch’s airy space on Third Avenue delivers time and again with its eclectic mix of contemporary women’s labels, shoes and accessories. From Veja sneakers to flirty dresses by Zimmerman, there’s always a little something that needs to come home with you. Perch is also great for gifts with body care from Kai, clutches from Clare V and a variety of affordable baubles for the gal who has everything.
2606 East 3rd Avenue / perchvail.com
With a track record spanning more than three decades, Denise Snyder is one of Denver’s undisputed retail queens. Her Cherry Creek shop, Mariel, is the go-to for Colorado’s bold-faced names and their black tie attire with a dedicated evening salon that features a variety of exclusive-to-Denver pieces. Mariel (named after Snyder’s daughter) also plays host to the city’s largest collection of millinery and is the shop du jour for charitable events like Denver Polo Classic, Women with Hattitude and Latinas First. Also shop Mariel’s selection of everyday contemporary pieces, all hand-selected by Snyder at markets across Europe and the US.
3000 East 3rd Avenue / marielboutique.com
Karmen Berentsen’s A Line Boutique, with multiple locations throughout the metro area, has built a fiercely loyal following over the years. And with good reason. A Line is all about cultivating personal style, self-expression and self-esteem through fashion. With designers like Alice and Olivia, Chloe, Jason Wu, and Yves Solomon dotting A Line’s dossier, the boutique offers a wide array of sought-after labels, and price matches big name stores to make shopping locally more attractive. Clients also receive services like styling, tailoring, home delivery and closet edits, all at no additional charge.
3050 East 3rd Avenue / aline-online.com
Since 1985, Max Martinez and his eponymous boutiques have been making Colorado’s well-heeled women, well…exactly that. Considered an icon of Denver fashion, MAX has locations in Aspen, Boulder and Cherry Creek and is slated to open in Vail this season. The enviable shops showcase a curated edit of designer wares ranging from Bottega Veneta handbags and Loewe sneakers to Celine jackets and capsule pieces by Tibi. Equal parts classic and contemporary, no list of Cherry Creek fashion would be complete without mentioning MAX.
250 Columbine Street / maxfashioncolorado.com
Established in 1967, Lawrence Covell is Denver’s most storied men’s and women’s specialty store – and proudly independent. What initially began in Boulder as a handmade leather goods store, making belts, sandals, and handbags among other things, Lawrence Covell soon morphed into carrying hard to find English and Italian leather goods and, eventually, clothing. Many now household brands made their Colorado (and in some case national) debut at Lawrence Covell. Giorgio Armani, Gianni Versace, Prada, Ermenegildo Zegna, Dries Van Noten, Brunello Cucinelli, The Row, Eleventy, Luciano Barbera, and Rag & Bone have all called the shop home over the years.
225 Steele Street / lawrencecovell.com
Last year, the juggernaut fashion duo comprised of two sisters-in-law known nationwide as Veronica Beard brought their iconic brand to Cherry Creek North. Ten years after launching their signature Dickey Jacket, a twist on the classic blazer and one of their best-selling pieces, the brand continues to be coveted and has been worn by celebs like Michelle Obama, Gwyneth Paltrow and Meghan Markle. Veronica Beard sells its own brand of contemporary women’s apparel, including dresses, jackets, tops and pants – all of which are as timeless as they are on trend.
250 Columbine Street / veronicabeard.com
Haven is a lifestyle brand based on the philosophy that everything should be timeless and tastefully rebellious. At Haven, you’ll find your new go-to handbag and favorite denim alongside colorful silk pillows, an eclectic mix of globally inspired homeware, vintage finds, the perfect gift and the very best selection of apothecary items. Helmed by Michelle DeHaven and her daughter, Allie, the duo has curated a thoughtful collection of all things handmade with a focus on independent designers and niche brands that you won’t find anywhere else in the city.
257 Fillmore Street / shophavenofficial.com