Mink in Miami? Sure. Alaïa in Aspen? Why not? Suddenly,
monuments to high fashion are popping up in resort towns around the globe.
Courtesy of Podium
Podium Jewellry, Courchevel, France
Open: During ski season, from December to April. Outposts in Paris and Russia are
Offerings: Since 2007, the seasonal boutique from Russian mega-retailer Podium Fashion
(think Saks Fifth Avenue on steroids) specializes in “conversation pieces,”
like one-of-a-kind baubles from Loree Rodkin, Delfina Delettrez and Garrard, as
well as an in-house line of fine jewelry—perfect for après-ski cocktails.
Couture Creed: “Our clients are looking for jewelry to impress,” says co-owner and chief buyer
Anti-Tourist Types: Moscow glitteratski who jet to the French ski resort on
holiday. As Kitsenko puts it, “We have everything to please the most spoiled
Alternative Souvenirs: Rodkin’s bondage rings, which go for $23,000, or her
one-of-kind customized vintage Rolexes, priced at $39,000.