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Goldyn: A Retrospective

Holy mother of projects!  When I set out to create a retrospective on all of the creative endeavors we’ve done here at Goldyn over the last 11 years, it sent me down a wormhole of  memories… So many faces that would become good friends (and even husbands-to-be), so many funny stories, happy memories, stressful memories, and everything in between.

Needless to say, THERE IS A LOT (read: this is not a short post).  I lost count a long time ago of the number of events and fashion shows we’ve even done.  I couldn’t capture it all here, but these are the highlights, organized between our store events, lookbooks, fashion shows, and window/art installations.  Roughly, ideally, in chronological order (ish).

And of course, I am eternally grateful to all of our collaborators over the years… people like Courtney Parker, Jon Hartman and Brianna Corn of Wunder Werkz, Liz Henderson, Kristen Sink, Sara Ford, James Holden, Sam Deitch, Jeff Walker, Mike Walters, Christy Kruzick, Mario Zoots, Katy Zimmerman, Tara and Katie at Impromptu Company, Jillian Fitzmaurice, Shayla Preeshl, Jennifer Iverson, Caitlin at Black Cube, Jenny Strasburg and Mary Spicer, Aly from Ironwood, Sydney and Cornelia from Sacred Thistle, Knomia Monika, Jane Jordan Gravely, Esme Patterson, Kyra Weinkle, Kerry Larkin, my one-time business partner Melissa, and so many others who I’m failing to name here.  Likewise, it goes without saying that OUR AMAZING STAFF deserves all the thanks in the world for making the magic happen, both out front and behind the scenes.  Thank you all.  I hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane as much as I have 🙂

THE PARTIES (A FEW OF THEM)

It wouldn’t have been Goldyn without the good times….

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Goldyn’s grand opening pop-up party at Riverfront Park in 2007, DJ’d by men-about-town James Cromwell Holden and Shannon Kelly

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An early Goldyn warehouse/showroom party at Taxi, circa 2008 or 2009, in the space we shared with artist Susan Wick

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Houses (the band) playing our warehouse/showroom party

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Goldyn’s brick-and-mortar opening party in 2011.  Photos courtesy of Sara Ford.

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Goldyn’s opening party, DJ’d by none other than James Holden and (my now husband-to-be) James Yardley, aka Double Shadow

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Tom DeLong and band jam out during Goldyn’s opening party

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The Goldyn Sessions Present: South of France

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An early Pamela Love trunk show <3.  Photos by Sara Ford.

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The Goldyn Sessions Present: In the Whale.  Photos by Sara Ford.

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In the Whale rocking hard

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An early Goldyn soiree (let’s be honest, I have no idea what this was, but it looks fun).  Photos by Sara Ford.

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Lizzie and Kathryn Fortunato trunk show

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Dia de los Muertos in the mortuary.  Photo by Sara Ford.

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Dram tasting.  Photo by Sara Ford.

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Tyler Snow, DJing something or other 😉

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Trunk show for charity

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The Goldyn Sessions Present: Esme Patterson.  Photos by Kristen Hatgi Sink.

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Esme Patterson in-store concert

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In Your Dreams, dreamed up by the amazingly talented Impromptu Company

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The Goldyn Sessions Present: Hearts in Space.  Photos by Sara Ford.

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Hearts in Space

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Crowns, a Kristen Hatgi Sink collaboration opening party

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Tarot readings at Ironwood’s pop up shop

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Sacred circle and ancestral blessing

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Gemma and Ahmad lead a sound ceremony

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Happy 8th birthday Goldyn!

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Matthew Brown, aka DJ Fancy Matthew, DJing some party or other, circa 2015

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Rory Lula, giving intuitive readings

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10 years!  Stay Gold(yn) 10th Anniversary Party, 2017.  Photos by Sara Ford.

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Oko Tygra performs at Goldyn’s 10th anniversary party

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The amazing Werkout Palace performance art group

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Justa made us a wedding cake

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The Sirius Sisters Present a Full Moon Gathering, aka Goldyn’s goodbye party

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Esme’s performance art

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Miss Knomia’s performance art

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Bluebook performs

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Full moon over Goldyn.  Photo by Kristen Hatgi Sink.

 

LOOKBOOKS AND ART COLLABORATIONS 

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Fall 2007 featuring our favorite Goldyn Girl, Christy Kruzick, shot by James Holden at his home

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Spring 2008, shot by James Holden at the Denver Botanic Gardens

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PreFall 2008 featuring Christy Kruzick (we couldn’t get enough), shot by Jeff Walker

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Fall 2008, shot by Jeff Walker at The Breakfast King

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Fall 2009, featuring Marina Contro shot by Samantha Deitch at Goldyn’s Taxi warehouse

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Spring 2010, shot by Sara Ford at the home of Bobby Reginelli

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Fall 2010, featuring Madison shot by Sara Ford at Red Rocks Park

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Spring 2011, featuring Christy Kruzick shot by Sara Ford at the home of Shawn Hecox

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Fall 2011, shot by Sara Ford at the home of artist Susan Wick and Micky Zeppelin

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Spring 2012, featuring Bonnie Gregory shot by Sara Ford at the Museum of Nature and Science

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Fall 2012, featuring Cassie Stevens shot by Sara Ford

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Spring 2013 shot by Sara Ford at the home of Barbara Monroe

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Fall 2013 “Crowns” wet plate lookbook by Kristen Hatgi Sink

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Fall 2014 stop motion video lookbook shot by Kristen Hatgi Sink

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Stills from the Fall 2014 stop motion video lookbook

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Spring – Fall 2015 “I Am” Series lookbook, shot by Sara Ford

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Spring 2016 collage project lookbook by Mario Zoots

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FASHION SHOWS (MOST OF THEM)

In questionably chronological order….

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Goldyn grand opening runway show, Riverfront Park, 2007

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Early Goldyn fashion show, circa 2008 or 2009

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Goldyn’s runway show at Taxi, circa 2009

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Goldyn at Denver Fashion Weekend, perhaps 2010 or 2011.  Photos by Kari Geha.

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Goldyn brick-and-mortar opening party and runway show at Linger, 2011

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Goldyn at Denver Fashion Weekend 2012.  Photos courtesy of 303 Magazine.

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Matthew Morris Salon and Skincare fashion show, circa 2012

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American Crew runway show, circa 2012

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The Parlour’s Adorn runway show, circa 2012.  Photos by Sara Ford.

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Goldie & Bob grand opening fashion show, circa 2012

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One of many Four Seasons Denver fashion luncheons, DJ’d by Fancy Matthew

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Goldyn x Denver Art Museum Aftershock fashion show, circa 2017

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One of many Volunteers of America Service With Style fashion luncheons, circa 2017

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WINDOW/ART INSTALLATIONS

Side note: sadly a Dropbox folder full of our oldest window installation photos disappeared, so below are photos of what we could gather…. Enjoy!

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Window by Whitney Weis, 2011

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Window by Kristen Hatgi Sink, circa 2012

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Window by Whitney Weis in collaboration with One of 99 after school program children, circa 2012

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Window by Kristen Hatgi Sink, circa 2013

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Window by Whitney Weis, circa 2012 or 2013

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Window by Impromptu Company

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Black Cube Nomadic Museum x Goldyn present Desiree Holman art installation

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Window by Jillian Fitzmaurice

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Window by Shayla Preeshl

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Photo courtesy of Shayla Preeshl

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Window by Frances Prema

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Window by Jon Hartman and Liz Henderson

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Window by Mario Zoots, circa 2016

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Window by Katy Zimmerman

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Ironwood pop-up shop, round 2

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Sacred Thistle pop-up shop, 1st edition 2016

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Sacred Thistle pop-up shop, 2nd edition 2017

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Art installation in conjunction with Tarra by Knomia Monika, Kerry Larkin, Kyra Weinkle and Jane Jordan Gravely

THANK YOU ❤

 

Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes: A Letter from Owner Vanessa Barcus

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Dear Friends and Goldyn Community,

For the past 11 years I’ve poured my heart and soul into making Goldyn what it is.  I’m so proud of the community we’ve built, the creative projects we’ve dreamt up and implemented, the talented designers and artists we’ve worked with and supported, the unique events we’ve curated, and most importantly the friendships we’ve built.  I sought out to help push the envelope forward and make a contribution to the Denver fashion scene, along with some other wonderful fashion friends in town, and I do feel in my heart that we accomplished that.  After all the crazy parties and art shows and concerts, after all the beautiful garments and textiles and gems, I am truly excited to welcome the next phase in my life and can’t wait to see what my future holds next.

While saying goodbye to Goldyn as we know it is of course bittersweet, I am so elated that we found the perfect retailer to pick up where we’re leaving off, and transform Goldyn into something even bigger – True.  True’s owner, Shana Colbin Dunn, and I connected immediately on an intuitive level, and share core values of kindness, compassion, integrity, and a desire to help women feel beautiful and express their highest selves from the inside out.  True’s business is centered on those principles, offering a gorgeous selection of clothing, jewelry, accessories and other goods that are centered around wellness and grounded in spirituality.  I could not feel better about handing the reins over to her.

My heart is full with utter gratitude to you – our customers, my employees, and our vendors and partners who have been like family to me…  You all have made this the amazing, life-changing experience that it has been.  I hope that our friendships only continue to blossom.

In the mean time, I encourage you to please stop in and say goodbye, and scoop up any last items you may have been coveting, as the entire store is now on sale up to 80% off while we’re still there until February 28th 😉

Cheers!

Vanessa Barcus

Owner/Founder

Goldyn :: ShopGoldyn.com

Could I Have That? Blogger Samantha Wennerstrom Shares How To Pack For a Summer Vacay Like a Fashion Pro

Samantha Wennerstrom produces the fashion and lifestyle blog Could I Have That? sharing everything she’s coveting and loving from wardrobe finds and style notes to travel destinations and home design. We asked the well-traveled, Santa Barbara-based mom and blogger to share her essentials for packing for summer trips. Check out her picks here.

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1. A simple, yet chic black dress will take you anywhere…
2. Sunnies to go along with a tan…
3. For salty days…
4. Wide leg jeans to pair with blousy tops and and a great pair of heels. 
5. My travel must, a comfortable tee. 
6. When you travel pick footwear that is versatile, like these slides. The less you pack the better. 
7. I’m always cold on the plane so packing a good knit is an essential.

Q&A: Miranda Bennett of Miranda Bennett Studio

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If Miranda Bennett could go back to when she was first designing clothes and tell herself one thing she wishes she’d known, she would remind herself that there’s no one right way of doing things.

Everything she learned in fashion school directed her toward working in the framework of the industry’s biggest names, with independent lines surviving on the edges of the industry. Miranda knew a highly corporate environment wasn’t for her, so her career as a designer has been defined by searching for what feels right for her, and through experience Miranda has gained confidence in the validity of her decisions.

For Miranda, finding her true north meant moving home to Austin after several years of having a clothing line in New York and checking off her career goals. She took time off and began experimenting with plant-based dyes without any pressure of what she might eventually turn the project into, and her desire to make clothing began to renew.

She’s grown the result, Miranda Bennett Studio, into a consciously produced women’s clothing line using plant dyes and all-natural fibers, produced by an all-woman team in Austin. In advance of Thursday’s trunk show at Goldyn, Miranda took time to chat about the versatility of her clothing, the importance of empowering women, and the perfect white T-shirt.

Describe the ideal person who wears the line.

I found that our customer ranges from teenagers to women in their 80s. And I think because it is a very versatile aesthetic, it really lends itself to all different kinds of people that want to style and wear these pieces in a way that makes them the focal point, or that allows them the versatility to, let’s say, wear it with a different type of accessory … in order to make it really suit who they are and what their aesthetic is.

With your current clothing line, what did you feel like was missing from lines already out there that you’re trying to fulfill with yours?

I would say it was having the versatility of a garment that could really journey with me from day to evening. For a long time when I first moved back to Austin I would ride my bike everywhere, or I did freelance work styling, which was very physical. And there was something I really was missing in the clothing that was available to me, in the sense that I couldn’t find things I could move freely in [and] do all of the different things I would do in a day, but then also feel confident to then transition into having dinner or drinks or going to an opening after work without always having the opportunity to go home and kind of hit reset.

And also just having something that I felt could be a go-to piece, no matter what my size [was] or where I was in the course of a month, or just as other parts of my life were sort of shifting around.

I had pieces that I loved from a more aspirational standpoint. But I was really hoping to see things that were super versatile without feeling too basic.

Tell me about the decision to use plant dyes and all-natural fibers.

I’ve always actually worked just with natural fibers, because for me, well, from both an aesthetic and personal preference, I like the feel, the breathability, and just the natural origin of natural fibers. I’d had a more traditional clothing line in New York, and when I moved back to Austin, which is where I’m originally from, I took time off of having my line and having any sort of commercial pressure from that project.

I got an artist studio in a place here in town, and I started to self-educate with plant-based dyes, more just from a “getting my hands back in the process” motivation.

And then as I started to work further with it, my desire to make clothing kind of re-emerged. And having the process and the ability to come up with colors that doing small-scale batch size was giving me, I found really inspiring and motivating. The idea of sort of bringing that to play in scale for a clothing collection was a very interesting and fun challenge for me to consider.

It’s definitely a challenge; it’s not the easiest thing that you can do – put dyeing to scale. It’s neither cheap nor simple, but I think the end result is really beautiful and special.

How do you resist the pressure within the fashion industry to come out with several collections per year (pre-fall, resort, pre-spring, etc.)?

My initial desire with the collection was actually not even to consider our releases in terms of the typical seasons. In a perfect world, I would just be releasing things as [the team] came up with formulas, or found a new fabric we loved, or a new style.

But for me, it’s just aligning with those two seasons has kind of been the compromise on that because we have to meet our buyers where they are and play fair with the overall system that we exist within. But we actually offer our collection to buyers in a bit of an atypical format because we produce here with a local team and can do things year-round. We give deliveries that allow to basically meet all of those different market cycles, so people that meet us at market twice a year, we’re actually delivering to them throughout the season.

Describe the perfect white T-shirt.

I struggle with T-shirts. I often find that the neck is too high, so usually if it’s me wearing it, I would just immediately be stretching the neck out with my hands or cutting the ring off altogether.

Definitely something with a lower, kind of easier neck. A really light weight, feels like it’s been washed a million times. In general, I don’t wear a lot of jersey, because I don’t like things that are clingy. So something that has a little bit of a looser, easier drape. Definitely 100 percent cotton, or I love a linen knit, if I am going to wear a knit.

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Miranda Bennett (far left) and her team in Austin. Photo by Leah Muse.

What about having an all-woman team is important to you?

I was raised in the company of women – single mom, sisters. A lot of the mentors that I’ve had have been women. It wasn’t my conscious decision; it’s not that I wouldn’t hire a man.

I looked around one day, though, and I realized that just naturally that was the makeup of my team. I honestly am just blown away all the time by the strength and dynamic nature and the versatility of the women that I work with.

I think often in the workplace, women are underpaid, undervalued and are not brought up to ask for the things that men are brought up to ask for. So in another sense, this for me feels like a really exciting opportunity to empower and create positions for women.

Click here to shop Miranda Bennett Studio at Goldyn, and come by the store Thursday from 4-7 p.m. to check out even more styles and meet Miranda herself.

For Your Ears: Goldyn’s 10 YRZZZZZZ Playlist

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While we’re gearing up to celebrate Goldyn’s 10th birthday, we put together a quick little playlist highlighting the 2 amazing music acts who will be playing live at our event on June 2nd.  Denver’s OKO TYGRA and RUMTUM are both most definitely on the up-and-up, and most definitely worth checking out if they aren’t already on your radar.

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OKO TYGRA standing tall.  Photo by Luca Venter.

OKO TYGRA is a 3-piece dream pop group made up of Joshua Novak, Neil Robertson, and Jeremiah Mora.  The band was born after Novak was in an accident and suffered a life-threatening head injury, inspiring him to go after his true passion and create a “love letter” to bands Cocteau Twins and Slowdive.  OKO TYGRA has played SXSW, UMS in Denver and was accepted into CMJ in New York in 2014 & 2015, making them the only band to represent Denver in the 2014 showcase.  They most recently played at the Treefort Festival, and are currently working on releasing a full length album with producer Jorge Elbrecht.

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RUMTUM making magic.  Photo courtesy of the artist.

RUMTUM is the magical creative pseudonym for musician and artist John Hastings, who – among many other talents including visual arts and furniture making – produces incredible, atmospheric electronic music.  Hastings has a unique approach to crafting his melodies, oftentimes recording found objects and handmade instruments.  Inspired by themes like nature and architecture, RUMTUM‘s latest full length release from label Wax Thematique, “Mora Tuga,” is beautiful, lush and imaginative.

Give our Spotify playlist below a listen to hear more from these two inspiring acts (hey, we can’t stop listening…) and be sure to come by our Stay Gold(yn) 10th Anniversary Celebration on June 2nd from 6-9pm at the shop!

After the After Shock: Goldyn x Denver Art Museum Multi-Sensory Fashion Show Recapped

To say that we were honored when the Denver Art Museum approached us about putting together a fashion show to celebrate their Shockwave exhibit on groundbreaking 80s and 90s Japanese fashion is an understatement.  We still get goosebumps thinking about the shakeup created when designers like Issey Miyake and Rei Kawakubo came out with their collections 20-30+ years ago, which seem just as relevant today as they ever were.

With the help of dance ensemble Avatar Movement, some insane choreography and model-dancer interaction, and a wild installation by interactive artist Cacheflowe, our team (including producers extraordinaire Jenny Baker-Strasburg and Mary Spicer) presented quite possibly the most interesting, unusual fashion show we’ve done to date.  Thanks are also due to Matthew Morris Salon and Katelyn Simkins for hair and makeup, Sacred Thistle for floral arrangements, and Wilhelmina models for their contributions.

Check out a video recap of the event, taken by Avatar Movement, as well as pics from the event below courtesy of Sara Ford Photography.

Aftershock: Hosted by DAM Contemporaries

We are beyond excited to have teamed up with the Denver Art Museum for what will be one of the most unique fashion show experiences Goldyn has done to date – Aftershock. Join Goldyn and DAM Contemporaries for a multi-sensory fashion show and reception highlighting the new rotation of Shock Wave, an exhibition of revolutionary Japanese designers from the 1980s-1990s

Not to be missed, DAM’s Shock Wave exhibit opened in the Fall, highlighting Japanese Fashion Design from the 1980s–90s, whose work started a fashion revolution in Paris and continues to influence designers today. The exhibition features 70 looks by powerhouse designers Issey Miyake, Kenzo Takada, Kansai Yamamoto, Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garçons, and Junya Watanabe, whose impact on fashion still resonates today.

Enjoy a style presentation by Goldyn featuring clothing inspired by Shock Wave, including current Japanese and Japanese-inspired designers currently stocked at the boutique, from the Spring 2017 collections.

Experience 1980s Japanese couture fashion in a larger-than-life interactive installation. Your body will control enormous shape-shifting compositions using graphical elements from (and influenced by) the Shock Wave exhibit. Travel through time & space and become the fashion through this interactive art installation created just for this event by Justin Gitlin (a.k.a. Cacheflowe), an independent creative coder, musician and multimedia artist based in Denver, Colorado, USA. As a visual artist, Justin creates algorithmic designs for print, apparel, physical products, music videos and art installations. His visual collaborations have been shown at the Denver Art Museum, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Dateline and Monkeytown 4. Justin was a co-founding partner of Mode Set, Ello, OhHeckYeah and Plastic Sound Supply.

A special dance performance by Avatar Movement Dance company, a Denver-born contemporary dance company, will accompany the fashion show. Going into their 10th season, the dancers of AMDC strive to bring art alive in their annual spring series of storytelling performances, and promote individual artistic vision in their annual fall series of choreographic interpretations. Join them as choreographer Les Martin weaves together an ‘old meets new’ experience blending together 1980s Couture Japanese Fashion, the work of modern founder Merce Cunningham, and a new age contemporary twist. A truly unique happening bringing together art, dance and fashion.

Hair and makeup provided by the ever-talented Matthew Morris Salon & Skincare. Matthew Morris stylists provide a professional and luxurious experience with exceptional customer service and sought-after services and products, backed by constant education and innovation.

Floral arrangements will be from the amazing, Wabi-Sabi specialists Sacred Thistle. Sacred Thistle is the conception of mother + daughter duo Sydney and Cornelia Peterson based out of Denver, Colorado. Available for travel across the globe – for events micro to macro. “Surrounded by the great giants to the West and rolling plains in the East, we seek our inspiration from nature & the seasons. Admiring the expressive movement of each stem, we place each individual to create sculpture rather than merely provide a service. Our style has been influenced by the Japanese way of Wabi-Sabi; Embracing imperfection and appreciating every stage of a flowers being. We seek to escape the mindset floral culture has ingrained in us – flowers are living and flawed, and incredible. And, yes, they will die. And they will still be beautiful.”

VIP Tickets holders will receive a private tour of Shock Wave with Florence Müller, the Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and Curator of Fashion, who joined the museum in 2015.

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

5:30PM VIP | 6:30PM GA | 7:30PM Fashion Presentation

Cocktails, drinks + passed hors d’oeuvres 6:30-9:30PM

VIP $150, includes: private tour of the Shock Wave exhibit with Florence Müller, complimentary signature cocktails, two signature cocktails, passed Japanese inspired bites, luxury gift bags.

GA $45, $35 for DAM Contemporaries Members includes: signature cocktails and passed Japanese inspired bites.

Link to purchase tickets: http://denverartmuseum.org/calendar/aftershock

Goldyn Girl Interview: Minka Sicklinger

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Minka wears jewelry by The Woods and her own vintage finds.  Photos by Kristen Hatgi Sink.

Every once in a while we like to feature women who are not only near and dear to the shop, but who have that je ne sais quois about them that just begs to be spotlighted… renowned NYC artist Minka Sicklinger is most definitely one of those women.  It took some noodling around between the two of us to remember just exactly how we met… somewhere between becoming acquainted via jeweler Pamela Love, who is one of Minka’s many well-known tattoo clients, getting tattooed, and bringing her by Goldyn, our paths crossed.  In any case, we became fast friends.  Her presence is eye catching, between her pixie-like body that’s covered in tattoos, her effusive energy and her insanely lust-worthy wardrobe.  Which leads me to one of the most interesting things about Minka… her background, and its relation to fashion.

On her recent visit to Denver, Minka and I spent some time playing around with clothing at the shop – showcasing her incredibly talented styling skills – and I got a chance to find out more about this beautiful creature….

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A Megan Huntz jumpsuit is made ever more playful with Helmut Lang shearling high tops and hooded scarf, and loads of jewelry from locals Never a Wallflower and Karli Alfson, shot by Kristen Hatgi Sink

Goldyn:  You’re best known for tattooing, but something not many people know about is your fashion background… can you tell me a little more about what you did in fashion and how you got into that?

Minka:  It originally started when I went to university for photography…. it was when photography was becoming increasingly more digital and, realizing I would have trouble making a solid career in fashion being an analogue photographer, I became interested in a different aspect of it…styling… I ended up working under a great stylist in Melbourne an eventually going out on my own before I left Australia [where Sicklinger was raised]… I lived in Mexico City for a year where I continued to work as a stylist before coming to New York.

Goldyn:  Do you find that your fashion experience influences your tattooing style at all, or more just your personal style?

Minka:  I always had a strong personal style so in that sense styling just became a new medium to work in for me…creating narrative and an aesthetic on the body in a specific staged context…clothing has always been like sculpture on the body  to me.  My fashion experience doesn’t influence my tattoo style but it definitely helps with understanding how designs work on the body…understanding how fabric drapes and alters body proportions is directly relatable to how a tattoo design fits on the body.
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Perusing.  Photo by Kristen Hatgi Sink.

Goldyn:  What drew you into tattooing after being in fashion?

Minka:  It was an accident really…I had already been getting tattooed for a number of years and I chose to move on from styling after a year of doing it in New York, and I started working at a tattoo shop as back-of-house help and it went from there…

Goldyn:  Style is still clearly an important part of your identity…. how would you describe your personal style?

Minka:  I just wear what I love…sometimes it’s crazy and extravagant, sometimes it’s very plain and boring…to me if you love everything you wear then it all goes together by default.  I don’t plan outfits, I just put on whatever I feel like on that day..but it is definitely getting more refined and conservative as I get older!

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Leather jacket by Veda, culottes by Shaina Mote, mesh top by Lauren Nevada, shearling high tops by Helmut Lang, and antler necklace by Native and Nomad, shot by Kristen Hatgi Sink

Goldyn:  Any favorite designers right now?

Minka:  Always Commes des Garçon and Yohji Yamamoto…Kenzo I love…I wear a lot of Acne Studios and Creatures of Comfort…I’ve always been more about individual pieces though than actual designers so it’s a hard question to answer!  I’m also a big fan of random cheap pieces that are fun to mix with designer clothing…and of course a bit of vintage that i still have floating around…

Goldyn:  What’s been your best clothing find as of late?

Minka:  A few months ago when I found an amazing Rick Owens leather and mohair full length coat in a consignment store in NYC at a fraction of its original price…I rarely wear it but it’s that one thing in your closet that when you put it on you feel like a million dollars!

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Shoes by Helmut Lang and Minka’s own assortment of glorious gems to adorn every finger, photo by Kristen Hatgi Sink

Goldyn:  If you could be anything in the world, and money was no object, what would you be doing?

Minka:  Designing extravagant interiors and doing custom tiled floors…and building a cabin in the woods from scratch.

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Vintage Kenzo suit, tee by Helmut Lang, brooch by Ora et Labora.  Pic by Kristen Hatgi Sink.

Goldyn:  You’ve been coming out to Denver for a little while now, where have been your favorite spots to hang at here? 

Minka:  Obviously Goldyn, Ritualcravt, Ironwood, Root Down, Black Eye Coffee, City o’ City…and THE MOUNTAINS!!!

xx

Introducing Lauren Manoogian’s Dreamy Knits at Goldyn

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Each season we hone in on the best, most beautiful, well-made, handcrafted, and thoughtfully-curated group of designers in apparel, accessories and jewelry to bring to our customers.  This Fall season we added one that we’re particularly excited about – Brooklyn-based knitwear designer Lauren Manoogian.  Lauren’s knits are handmade on traditional looms using all natural and oftentimes organic fibers, and the quality of the craftsmanship is apparent at first touch.  While the collection is not currently available in our online shop, you can find her dreamy designs of wool, alpaca and cashmere at our brick-and-mortar shop in the LoHi neighborhood of Denver, as well as photographed here below – simply call us at 1888.6GOLDYN or email info@shopgoldyn.com to place an order if you’re not a local.  Her timeless and simple-yet-elegant shapes will be key wardrobe pieces for years to come.

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Capote Coat

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Arch Pants

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Patchwork Cable Coat

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Crewneck Pullover

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Oversize Rollneck

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Cashmere hat and scarf

Playlist: Oh Hey Denver

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Denver band DeCollage playing the Bluebird Theater, photo courtesy of Addison Herron-Wheeler from ireadculture.com

It’s safe to say that Denver’s music scene is on fire.  To be fair, it’s been smoldering for quite some time.  But lately it just seems that the city’s growth and creative energy have coalesced to create one beautiful, thriving, and collaborative local music industry, as evidenced by the profusion of new bands, collectives, electronic acts, production studios, and even a few new venues.  Feeling inspired, I gathered some of my personal favorites to compile our Oh Hey Denver playlist below, in hopes of sharing some of these newer local discoveries – some very under-the-radar and some more well-known – with y’all.  Click below to give it a listen and discover some local bands that we’ve been jamming out to at the store on the daily 😉