Aspen business announcements


Fashion designer opens Urban Zen boutique

Fashion designer Donna Karan, creator of the Donna Karan New York and DKNY clothing labels, has opened an Urban Zen pop-up boutique in Aspen.

The 2,500-square-foot store, which will be open through mid-April, is located at 501 E. Dean St. in the retail area of The Residences at The Little Nell and within walking distance of Aspen Mountain’s Silver Queen Gondola, according to a statement.

Aspen is dear to Karan, the statement said.

“I’ve spent endless holidays there with my family and have so many friends who live there,” she said. “My new Urban Zen store is my way of dressing and addressing a community that’s given me so much love and enjoyment — in the same way as my West Village and Sag Harbor stores.”

Alongside women’s and men’s apparel and leather goods, jewelry, home decor and art, the store features an exclusive collection called Silver Snow, which focuses on white, gray and silver and features cashmere sweaters, sweatpants and leggings, as well as suede, shearling and down pieces.

Urban Zen is a philosophy of living by Karan, the statement said.

“It is the calm in the chaos of life. A way of giving. An effortless dance of emotion, personality and lifestyle. Timeless. Seasonless. Endlessly expressive. A connection of mind, body and spirit. Touched and inspired by cultures and craftsmen from around the world. Urban Zen is inspired by the strength and character of people with a passion for life,” the statement said.

Urban Zen stores support The Urban Zen Foundation and Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program.

“We support the Urban Zen Foundation in its mission to create, connect and collaborate to raise awareness and inspire change in the areas of well-being, empowering children and preserving cultures,” the statement added.

Little Nell hires public relations and social media manager

The Little Nell Hotel and Residences has named May Selby as senior public relations and social media manager.

A longtime Aspen resident, Selby previously worked for Timbers Resorts, a developer and operator of boutique, private resorts, hotels and residence clubs in the United States, Mexico, Italy and the Caribbean.

During her nine-year tenure with Timbers, Selby served as a marketing manager for several resorts and, most recently, as director of events and social media.

Selby also writes a weekly column in The Aspen Times, covering cultural, sporting and social occasions.

“The Little Nell offers the quintessential Aspen experience with its international reach and recognition yet intimate connection to its history and sense of place,” she said. “The opportunity to represent this property in a public relations and social media capacity is an honor.”

Simon Chen, managing director of The Little Nell, added, “Her experience with luxury resorts, passion for the Aspen lifestyle and many relationships throughout the community make a wonderful combination for her role here at The Little Nell.”

Selby can be reached via email at or by phone at 970-544-6269.

RMC to open Los Cabos branch in January

RMC, a privately owned destination management company based in Aspen, is expanding its reach into Mexico with the opening of a new office in Los Cabos next month.

The Los Cabos branch will be led by three tourism-industry veterans, according to a a statement.

Kim Clapham, originally from Canada, was one of the first tourism pioneers in Los Cabos. Clapham will serve as managing director of RMC’s Los Cabos office.

Alejandro Vidal, who has more than 15 years of experience in the tourism industry and business management with a strong focus in coordinating groups, will be the Los Cabos business development director. Vidal served as the CEO of a festival in Mexico that successfully brought together several tourism agencies and sponsors.

Elena Pacheco Amabile will manage and execute the daily activities for the RMC Los Cabos office. Pacheco Amabile has a degree in public accounting from the Ibero Americana University in Mexico City and was director of Baja California Technology in Ensenada and later Los Cabos.

The addition of the Los Cabos office means RMC will be able to serve clients in 10 locations, spanning across resorts, mountains and cities. RMC is currently booking groups into 2017.

“We are thrilled with our team in Los Cabos and with this latest office for RMC,” said CEO Shawn Thomson-Palermo. “I have been spending a great deal of time in Cabo for the last 30 years and we are excited to provide this very special destination to our long-standing clients.”

RMC celebrated 25 years in business in February.