Ski racing and historic mountain-town charm aside, what do Park City and Sun Valley have in common? Both are home to Kathy Crosson’s contemporary clothing and accessory boutique, Panache (738 Main St, 435.649.7037, panachesunvalley.com). Crosson, who hails from the small Idaho ski town, first opened shop in our neighboring, potato-loving state in the ’80s. But it wasn’t until 2012 that she launched Panache’s sister location on Park City’s lower Main Street. “I’d visited Park City with my daughter when she was competing in freestyle skiing,” explains Crosson. “I walked around Main Street and thought the shops were all great, but there was nothing exactly like what we do at Panache.”
With an inventory ranging from designer denim and dresses to Italian sportswear and European boots, sandals, and handbags, Crosson’s small shop packs a big style punch. “Mountain style is a little more casual, but women still want to dress up for occasions,” she explains. Locals are the store’s bread and butter, but fashion-seekers from the Salt Lake valley regularly make the trek up the canyon to get their fix here. Panache also boasts a loyal vacationer and second-home-owner following.
Crosson’s favorite trends for the seasons ahead? Cheery patterned fabrics like gingham; dresses in all lengths, from maxis to minis; denim everything—think flared, frayed, or cuffed in lighter washes; fringe (“a major trend,” says Crosson); bohemian style; and leather jackets—shop for colorful, shorter styles with moto or (you guessed it!) fringe details.