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Back in April, Australian skincare brand Aesop announced its grand plans for taking over Manhattan, one store at a time. The commuter-friendly Grand Central kiosk opened in July, and in September, a store on Elizabeth Street followed. Now, there's another Aesop to be had at 60 University Place, and at some point, a Bleecker Street flagship is due to spring up too.
The new store might not have the kiosk's 1,200 back issues of the Times incorporated into its design, but it does have a nice, deep sink salvaged from Bethlehem Steel's 140-year-old plant in Pennsylvania for lots of hand washing. It also boasts Aesop's signature products, displayed neatly on oak and concrete fixtures, per the brand's industrial style. The space was designed by Jeremy Barbour of Tacklebox, the company that also designed Phillip Lim in Soho and Thomas Sires in Nolita. We're not 100% sure what's up with that robe hanging on the wall in one of the photos above, but if Aesop is willing to draw us a bath in their new store, who are we to decline?
Update: The item identified as a robe above turns out to be a hand-painted lab coat. Sadly, that probably means no in-store baths.
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