Snowmass history: House of Ireland |

Snowmass history: House of Ireland

Unique sign hung outside Irish clothing boutique in Snowmass Village

Aspen Historical Society
A sign for the House of Ireland hangs outside the Irish clothing boutique in Snowmass Village, circa February 1968.
Aspen Historical Society, Cooley Collection/Courtesy image

As part of the Snowmass architectural control committee requirements, signs in Snowmass had to be unique and hand crafted. One such sign was from the House of Ireland, a boutique carrying men’s and women’s fashions as well as Irish knits and tweeds. George Christensen, whose family owned the Owl Creek Ranch, opened the original shop in Aspen; he brought the concept to Snowmass Village for the resort’s inaugural season in the winter of 1967-68. The boutique emphasized Irish creations, designs by Dublin designer Anna Livia, whose sweaters, suits, coats, skirts and dresses were the highlight of a special Irish display by Lord and Taylor in New York in 1963.

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