Goldyn Child: The Denver Boutique to Change How Fashion Editors View this City

On the way back down the hill from the Highlands this past Saturday, I stopped in my friend Vanessa Barcus’ new bricks and mortar boutique, Goldyn. Although she’s been a successful online retailer for a few years now, seen in Lucky and Marie Claire magazines, Refinery 29, The New York Times and Daily Candy, Barcus has managed to segue into a post office recognized retail venture like a pro. Having amassed a loyal fan base, she’s taken her innate ability to “purvey progressive designers” and opened up her very first boutique situated in the old Olinger Mortuary building, now the beautifully refurbished LoHi Marketplace at Olinger, just behind Little Man Ice Cream and Lola’s.
Having known Vanessa Barcus for about four years, I wrote an article on her, and her then partner, back in 2007 for, I had no doubts about how well her editing and merchandising would be on display here, but I was shocked and impressed nevertheless once I stepped foot into the monochromatic and earthy space. Clean lines, with not an ounce of clutter, the clothing stole the show. Small accents of taxidermy, delicate reptile skulls and framed beetles, and apothecary type bottles dotted the shelves in between stunning Loeffler Randall pumps and Rebecca Minkoff clutches. Completely reachable and begging to be pulled down for a show and tell session, yet, perfectly displayed and spotlighted like any prima donna should be. Hung along two long walls, perfectly paired with the piece in front and behind it, was Helmut Lang, See by Chloe, Rag and Bone, J Brand, Vanessa Bruno, Vince, McQ, and Current/Elliott denim.
It was here in her store that I held for the very first time, the very infamous Rebecca Minkoff Morning After Bag, the bag that made Minkoff an international handbag superstar. After trying on a silky, striped jersey tee by Kain and feeling it against my body, seeing how it highlighted my collar bone and neckline, I just couldn’t part with it and had to get it. I also found the classic piece I’ve been looking for and didn’t even know it until I tried it on and draped it across my shoulders. That classic piece was Rebecca Minkoff’s Morning After Clutch in black leather with silver hardware. The size of a large packing envelope, with zippers and pockets and just wide enough to hold a full sized wallet, keys, phone and the contents needed for a day in the life of a fashion blogger, it fits the bill.
My point of sharing a boutique like this with you is this: I know we have all purchased things online, and as a blogger, I am always surfing the net viewing images, but I’m an old fashioned gal who feels you can never replace the experience of shopping in a store, I mean being there physically, touching the cold metal of a chain link strap and smelling the leather of a good purse. Bricks and mortar stores are needed now more than ever if your a designer; this is your gallery. Thank goodness for Vanessa and her Goldyn child born to this city. Visit often.
Goldyn: LoHi Marketplace at Olinger, 2040 W. 30th Ave., Denver, CO 80211


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2 Responses to “Goldyn Child: The Denver Boutique to Change How Fashion Editors View this City”

  1. Vanessa Says:

    amazing thanks glo! extremely grateful for such praise 🙂

  2. Silver Wardrobe Says:

    Silver Wardrobe…

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