Aesop Queen Street West store interior

Our debut Canadian signature store is located in a neighbourhood defined by historic architecture, diverse retailers, restaurants and galleries, and lively Trinity Bellwoods Park. Created in partnership with local architecture firm superkül, its design was inspired by the history of the built and natural environments on this part of the street.

Quintessentially Torontonian, the space is deep and narrow; the design immediately draws the eye through to a small side courtyard and adjacent point-of-sale counter, inviting scrutiny of old and new architecture along the way.

The interior was stripped back to partially parged brick, which provides a base for layers of felt and blackened steel. Crafted by local artist Kathryn Walter, the felt references the history of the local fur trade and textile manufacturing; it provides a buffer against noise and cold, and an evocation of the greater Canadian landscape.