BLK MKT in Aspen


BLK MKT in Aspen

For we locals, it’s not cheap shopping in Aspen, but when we do decide to spend our hard-earned money we make sure to support our locally owned boutique stores. Another new concept that we keep on the look out for are the pop-up stores that appear, and disappear, usually leaving us want for more.
When contributing writer, Rob Hollis, discovered that Sammy Steen and Mike Delaney of BLK MKT and “This is Where I ROAM” are selling their very cool clothes and shoes out of Boogies through Labor Day, he went in to interview Sammy and find out more about their mobile shop.
The gifting of a sewing machine to Mike by his mom over Christmas back in 2012 allowed him to become an independent designer and launch his travel-based brand, ROAM, with Mike. It began with hand-stitching backpacks and has grown into a full production where they source their materials in the U.S. such as; recycled tires and inner tubes, and transport the materials  to Bali to produce the goods.

What is BLK MKT?

BLK MKT first appeared in Aspen at the Crystal Palace building where Testosterone now lives, the shop looked like a cave filled with gems made of wood, brass and leather. A year later, the guys, , are back in town, with a load of goods unloaded from their ’86 diesel box truck into Boogie’s for Labor day weekend. A pop – up shop to say the least, Black Market, with their line of clothing called ROAM, has turned the Boogies lobby into a modern day museum of high-quality, hand-crafted clothing with a conscience. Check them out through Monday at Boogie’s 534 E. Cooper Ave.
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Rob Hollis
Six years ago, I decided that I wanted to snowboard for the rest of my life, in the Colorado summer, I ride my bike and wakeboard to pass the time. Life, how I choose to live it, is interesting, not to mention particularly challenging. What I do is, I set up very large goals, but I don’t plan out exactly how I am going to accomplish them, instead I plan out how I am going to celebrate when I do. This takes the pressure off, it’s like I already know I will accomplish my goals, way before I even get there. The hard part is not knowing how, and trusting that taking each opportunity is a step in the right direction. Assume for now, that I have accomplished my goals that I set six years ago, I live in Aspen, I have a great job and I can ride every day, I have three sponsors and my riding is taking on a life of its own. What if I told you that how I accomplished these goals was by living in Costa Rica for two months, teaching snowboarding to kids, and vehemently studying architecture for four years (at the sacrifice of a long term relationship)? You might say that is nontraditional…I would argue that your life is too. Nobody can plan the how part, but we obsess over it, and we let the unknown how’s constitute our lives and detract us from marvelous and ambitious goals. Why? Because the how is the part of life that will always surprise us and shocks us, it scares us, because nobody can know the how. However, I know how to deal with the how, and I eluded to it earlier; take opportunity, and try to recognize it in all forms. If you are focused absolutely on your goals, all things in life will support your particular direction.


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