A Gathering of the Coolest, Most Extraordinary Artisans is Happening at Performance Ski

Etta Meyer | December 17, 2018 | Style & Beauty

Aspen’s retail scene has always had something special. There were design concept stores before the streets were all paved, and the current national trend of a combined retail/hangout space is business as usual in a town where the good shopkeepers know your name.

One corner store does this with special aplomb, thanks to co-owner Lee Keating’s bold taste for ski fashion. The formula for Performance Ski (614 E. Durant Ave.) might be described as Aspen with a dash of Soho mixed with Venice Beach topped off with Courchevel 1850. In short, it’s where the cool kids shop, and Keating (who is a creator in her own right) has gathered a few of her favorite artisans, each with their own cult following, for a super-charged holiday assemblage Dec. 21-23. Come and meet your makers.

The line-up:

Aztech Mountain


Born in: Aspen, designed in New York City
Who: David Roth, Heifara Rutgers and Bode Miller
What they make: Men’s performance sportswear that is technical, versatile, well-cut and designed for the modern active man.
Something special: During the gathering, Aztech will be serving cookies and cakes by a local baker out of a hatchback moped parked in front of Performance Ski.

The Elder Statesman

The_Elder_StatesmenPhotography via instagram.com/theelderstatesman

Born in: Los Angeles
Who: Greg Chait
What they make: Women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, knit and woven accessories, optical, home goods and more.
Something special: TES started out by creating custom blankets and as they evolved, went on to win the top honor from the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in 2012. Performance has been carrying the collectible knitwork pieces since their earliest collections.


Photo by Anne Stavely courtesy of Cypress Hayunga

Born in: Maui
Who: Mickey Eskimo
What they make: Hand-painted trucker hats with cheeky phrases.
Something special: Eskimo is a former pro-surfer and artist whose hats act like wearable pop art that spread a message of connection and joy. This event will unveil new, never-before-seen hats.

Maison Atia


Born in: New York City
Who: Chloe Mendel
What they make: Luxury faux fur coats and totes.
Something special: Mendel is a sixth-generation furrier but the first in her lineage to elevate faux fur to high quality, high fashion status. The brand will be showcasing their signature reversible coats—super soft faux “minque” with chic prints on the flip side.


Honeywood bracelet

Born in: New York City
Who: Mish Tworkowski
What they make: One-of-a-kind, whimsical and iconic fine jewelry.
Something special: Much of the dapper Tworkowski’s creativity is driven by a love of the natural world (hello, Aspen) which is evident in his use of exquisite materials such as South Sea pearls and the pieces’ organic shapes.

Nick Fouquet


Born in: Venice, Cali.
Who: Nick Fouquet
What they make: 100% beaver fur felt hats and other bohemian accessories.
Something special: Fouquet will be making limited edition hats for this event as well as holding custom appointments giving clients the chance to design a hat one-on-one.



Born in: Venice, Cali.
Who: Mark Gainor
What they make: Sneakers. Limited edition, handmade, high design, micro-production and bespoke sneakers.
Something special: Everything about these shoes is special. Their design references range from mid-century military trainers to 1980s workout shoes and are handcrafted in a studio in Venice. Special Aspen-friendly hikers will be on hand at Performance.

Photography by: All photos courtesy