Monday, 9 July 2012

Aesop opens it's 6th store in London at Islington, 56 Cross Street

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Aesop Islington / ph: Aesop

Australia's skincare brand Aesop recently opened their sixth store in London at Islington. Looking like a well-ordered 1930s laboratory, the store is the result of a beautiful collaboration with Parisian architects Ciguë. I paid a visit to their new store two weeks ago and really love the pared down yet stylish decor. The beautifully rustic wooden planks draw your eyes all the way to the end of the store, where the sun shines right through thanks to the skylights which they kept as a feature.

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In keeping with the laboratory theme, rows of brown clinical bottles line the shelves. Especially loving the ferns sprouting out, which adds warmth and balances out the hard laboratory aesthetic.


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Traditional materials were adapted for new purposes. Reclaimed wood found in a 200 year old monastery in the French Basque countryside was used to construct the above amazing basin and work top. The polished marble top sits beautifully on the surface, and makes the basin ever so inviting.

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The picture above provided great inspiration for the decor of my flat. Really love the natural floral, paired with the rustic wood and stark white basin. The "Resurrection Aromatique" Hand Wash is a total treat, and blends in beautifully with it's mandarin, rosemary leaf and cedarwood scent.

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Aesop recently introduced a new range of haircare products, which included six shampoos and four conditioners. The "Classic" range is great for most men, simple and fuss free. I have been using it for the past two weeks, I feel good and the bottles look great along the bath tub. Especially loving the lingering scent of cedarwood and juniper berries after each wash.

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When the above was launched back on 1st April last year, most thought it was a joke. Aesop collaborated with French label APC on the "Post-Poo Drops". As the name suggests, one would squeeze the dropper and release a few drops of the citrusy esssense after a heavy session in the loo. Air freshener but classier, and a whole lot more chic.

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My favourites have to be the amazing "New York" and "Geneva" kits. Designed to fit easily into the hand luggage, these travel kits have literally everything one would need. I think these make great starter kits and gifts too.

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Included within the "New York" and "Geneva" kits (from left to right): The conditioner, body cleanser, shampoo, body balm, facial cleanser, facial toner, facial serum and a lip cream. Quite literally all I need during travels, and amazingly priced at £45. You can get the travel/starter kits online from Mr Porter too.

I had a great time wandering around the store, admiring the beautiful decor and perusing their wonderful products. And they offer you home made tea as they go though their products with you, which is always good. Aesop's new Islington store in London is at 56 Cross Street, N1 2BA.

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3 comments:

  1. looks really slick, can see why you enjoyed it

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  2. Aesop...or Αἴσωπος, an ancient Greek story teller with a number of famous fables..interesting choice of name.

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  3. that's really cool :) I love the pictures and they way u captured those plants :D

    www.thewild-swans.com

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