Boulder Fashion Seen. Story by Katie Brown, photos by Caroline Treadway.
Who knew it would be considerably easier to find fashionably dressed men than women in Boulder? (at least at 1:00 on Thursday afternoon on Pearl Street)
We’d barely crossed Pearl Street when we spotted our first fashionable candidates stepping out of the always trendy Laughing Goat Café. We easily spotted the Member’s Only jacket from our vantage across the street, chased them down and asked to take their picture. We never thought to consider the possibility that someone might say no, but sure enough, straight out of the gates with our fledgling idea (said idea being the street style blog you are currently reading), and all we got was a resounding no. We stared at our fashionable friends, speechless. Wait. This is Boulder, land of the coffee shop and the bicycle commute. What did they mean they didn’t have time for a two-minute photo shoot? Had we suddenly been transported to New York? But no. The sun was out and someone in spandex whizzed by on an $8000 road bike. Definitely Boulder. Huh. Strange.
We turned from our rejection somewhat aghast. For a brief moment we pondered the possibility that the fashionable must also necessarily be assholes, and wondered if this hypothesis would prove to be true. But then we decided to give them the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps they were painfully camera shy, or were on their way to a meeting with a client who was about to deem their graphic design capabilities “overpriced in the current economy.” Who knows.
Turns out, it was a good thing we went the ‘benefit of the doubt’ route, because our next fashionably dressed candidate, spotted at The Cup, just a few doors down from The Laughing Goat, not only proved that Boulder was indeed the land of the coffee shop, but also that the fashionably dressed are definitely NOT necessarily assholes.
Occupation: Owner, Pangea Organics
Shoes: Stacy Adams
Jeans: Levi’s 597
Reclaimed vest and tie pin
Jacket: vintage Russian military
** As a sidenote, Josh did not actually show us his underwear. He merely extolled their virtues. And virtuous they are (and we mean in the “give back to the world and environment” sense of the word, not in the chastity belt sense). Check them out!
Sunglasses: Oliver Peoples
Soon we found ourselves in Goldmine Vintage, where we were briefly distracted by cute earrings and vintage jeans before running into Kane, from Gloucester. His accent matched his style, and both were great.
Occupation: Retail Sales, Goldmine Vintage
Jeans: Urban Outfitters
Hometown: Gloucester, UK
At this point we were beginning to wonder about the lack of fashionable girls in Boulder because we had barely left Goldmine when we spotted a trio of trendsetting young gents, who, it turned out, all worked in various capacities for Kid Robot, and who were not only fashionable, but charming and friendly.
Occupation: PR/Event Management for Kid Robot
Hoody #1: Kid Robot
Hoody #2 American Apparel
Shirt: American Apparel
Shoes: Generic Surplus
Occupation: Kid Robot
** I forgot to write down what this guy does for Kid Robot, but I got his website. Here it is: www.nvrvr.com
Jacket: thrift store in Phoenix
Shirt: American Apparel (or Am Appy)
Jeans: bought in LA
Name: Ryan “the wheelbarrow”
Occupation: social media ambassador for Kid Robot
** Ryan the wheelbarrow also has a website he’d like to share. You guessed it: www.ryanthewheelbarrow.com
Jacket: thrift store
Hoody: Kid Robot
Shoes: thrift store
Hoofing it past Centro, we both did a double take and then doubled back to get a second Josh’s photo, this one a host at said restaurant. We loved his hair, his suspenders, even his socks, and especially his attitude.
Occupation: Host, Centro
Jeans: Forever 21
Shoes: Globe Castro
Socks: Urban Outfitters
Shirt: On the Bias
We walked to the end of west Pearl Street, stopped briefly in another coffee shop for a bathroom break and headed back the way we came. Thank heavens we bumped into Alex, who at first veered away from us as though we were about to hand her literature to join our cult, because we were beginning to wonder if this week’s blog was going to be a men’s only version. Turned out, Alex also works at Kid Robot. She had just moved here from Brooklyn and was the definition of city chic. Understated colors, perfect tailoring, and just a pop of color. Perhaps we should just line the employees of Kid Robot up at the door and find out what each one was wearing…
Occupation: graphic design, Kid Robot
Jacket: B.B. Dakota
Handbag: boutique in New York
Last, but definitely not least, we ran into Lindsey, just before totally giving up on the female population of Boulder. She looked so cute we nearly fell over. An aromatherapist and jewelry designer, this starving artist knows how to look darling and artsy on a budget, including but not limited to her super cute el naturalista boots she traded for a blog piece. And we may have just recruited Lindsey to join the fashion seen team, so don’t be surprised if she asks to take your picture someday soon.
Occupation: aromatherapist, jewelry designer
Boots: el naturalista
Sweater: thrift store
So, LADIES! Where are you? (Actually, I hate that word. Don’t you? It makes me feel like I should either start singing “All the Single Ladies” or else, be sipping tea in a large brimmed hat). But I digress….
So, GIRLS! Where are you? Put on your cutes and come out come out! I know you’re here. I’ve seen you, I’ve envied you, hell, I’ve copied you. Until next time. The team at Fashion Seen.