J. MENDEL OPENS ASPEN STORE: Skiers in Aspen for the holidays have another luxe shopping spot at their disposal. J. Mendel, known for its sumptuous furs, opened a store at 461 East Hopkins Avenue in the fabled Colorado ski town last Friday. The 1,350-square-foot boutique, designed by architect David Mann, will carry J. Mendel furs as well as its ready-to-wear line and accessories. An official kickoff party will be held at the store on Thursday.

NEW STORE FOR YSL: Yves Saint Laurent is making a new home for itself in the old Levi’s space at 3 East 57th Street. The Gucci Group-owned company is scheduled to open a two-story, 12,170-square-foot store next spring. The unit will carry all YSL product categories including accessories, cosmetics and ready-to-wear. It will also feature the same design concept as its Madison Avenue flagship.

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