Kenneth Cole packs its bags |

Kenneth Cole packs its bags

Naomi Havlen

Kenneth Cole, the trendy shoe and bag retailer located at Aspen’s busiest intersection, will close its doors this weekend.

The New York-based shop has been a fixture at the corner of Mill and Main streets for a decade. The store’s lease is coming to an end, and the corporate offices have decided to move on.

“There’s no drama – we’re just rolling out a whole new store design concept, and we have been for a couple of months now,” said Meredith Paley, company spokeswoman. “We’re looking at malls and bigger stores that can carry a wider range of things. The Aspen store is small for us, as well as very seasonal.”

The store, which employs five, is the only branch of Kenneth Cole in Colorado. There are 49 stores across the country, Paley said.

Kenneth Cole once shared the bright blue “Center of Aspen Building” with another retailer of fashionable threads based in New York, DKNY. When DKNY left about a year ago, the space was filled by locally based boutiques Bandana Kids and B’Jeweled.

Other national chains to leave Aspen in the past several years include Chanel, Banana Republic and Eddie Bauer.

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