Aesop Madison Avenue store interior

Of modest character and storied history

Situated between 80th and 81st Streets, our Madison Avenue space is within comfortable proximity of The Met, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, and, throughout summer, Shakespeare in the Park.

Aesop Madison Avenue store interior shelving and sink
Aesop Madison Avenue store interior counter

The store’s design results from a collaboration with Architecture Outfit. Formerly home to a shoe repair shop of many decades’ standing, the space revealed layers of history as each surface was pared back for renovation—an expanse of tiled marble flooring, mosaic panels at the entrance, messages to employees scribbled on the plaster walls.

As a gesture of respect and an antidote to the hyper-beautification of the Madison Avenue retail environment, all battle scars have been left exposed. The muted palette, in tandem with abundant natural light and steel shelving arranged in clean, simple lines, effects a sense of humility, intimacy and hospitality.