Designed in partnership with Tacklebox under the leadership of Jeremy Barbour, our Upper West Side signature store marks the sixth collaboration with the New York-based studio, and a new evolution in a long-term creative association.
Work began by preserving the façade and iconic graphic signage of the previous tenant, Anel French Cleaners—a family-run dry cleaner and landmark in the neighbourhood. Having made the choice to retire, Anel’s owners hand-picked Aesop to reimagine their store.
Complementing the exterior conservation, the interior space speaks sensitively to its predecessor’s heritage through materiality, form and colour. The walls and counter surfaces, uniformly dressed in milled Pine plywood, pair with grey-toned tiling in a neutral palette. Shelving in the same timber assumes the form of upturned coat hangers in a subtle gesture to the building’s former life.
In the tradition of trusted communal establishments such as the barbershop, salon and laundry, Aesop Upper West Side offers a fresh site for the rituals of personal maintenance and restoration.