Many of those who live in the Rocky Mountain state, as well as those who wish they were so lucky, sport the state flag whenever possible. Like a right of passage—I live here; I’ve been there; I love it. You haven’t? What are you waiting for!
Colorado love is found on t-shirts, sweatshirts, socks, hats, stickers, baby apparel, pint glasses, tote bags and just about anything else the images can be placed upon. Destination souvenirs are found at any city airport; here, Coloradoans have taken it upon themselves to share (or brag about) their beautiful state by designing, selling and wearing Colorado swag. Find original, often handmade and usually local Colorado take-homes at these eight shops.
Colorado-flag apparel runs the gamut here, from trucker hats to baby onesies, bikinis to cozy hoodies—all with the Colorado flag design, though often in varying colors. The blue-and-orange Broncos’ and the yellow-, red-, green-and-black Rasta themes are highlighted among the traditional. In addition to a storefront on South Pearl Street in Denver and another in Vail, Colorado Limited has shops in all three concourses at DIA.
I Heart Denver Store
This second-level, 16th Street shop sells the work of more than 150 locally based designers and artists. Seventy percent of the sales—of the wooden coasters, pint glasses and water bottles, puzzles, wall artwork and more—return to the maker. And say hello to the store dog, Denver Picard, when you’re there!
MegaFauna carries art and apparel from local artisans. Many of these items identify with subculture themes, and often rep the state flag or well-known Colorado- and Denver Broncos-associated imagery.
At this apparel and accessories shop on Denver’s Colfax Avenue, deck out your souvenir outfit with Coloradical sunglasses, a flat-bill state-flag hat, Red Rocks tank top and a beer koozie (preferably with a local beer tucked inside). There are onesies for the little ones in the family, too.
Made in Colorado
The brick-and-mortar shop of Made in Colorado is located just north of Sloans Lake in Denver. More than 400 regional creatives contribute to the wide assortment of gifts, décor, apparel, jewelry, foods and more sold here—all of which is, of course, made in Colorado.
Find handmade jewelry, sweet treats, cute and colorful home décor, upcycled furniture and a plethora of other locally made gifts to take back home at south Denver’s Unlisted boutique market. Some finds visually signify Colorado, but all were crafted within state lines.
Wrought’n Apples Boutique & Gifts
Vendors who sell their crafts inside Wrought’n Apples Boutique & Gifts also work the floor at the shops’ two locations (Parker and Highlands Ranch). Colorado gear includes tote bags, knit beanies and headbands, pint glasses, wooden wall art and more, but any item you choose here was lovingly created by a local—Colorado flag-embellished or not.
Caboodle Gifts sells locally handcrafted gift items including an entire selection state-love imagery. State-flag jewelry and key chains, a wall-mounted bottle opener and painted wine glasses are among the Colorado mementoes found here.
Locally owned running specialty shops like Runners Roost and Boulder Running Company are known to carry Colorado-inspired designs on apparel, water bottles and stickers; find jerseys and socks with the Colorado flag at bike shops like Colorado Cyclist and Bicycle Village; and don’t forget to check out the many ski shops across the state for more brag-worthy swag!