Aesop, “skin, hair and body care products”, opens in the Shay next to Chrome

by Prince Of Petworth September 22, 2016 at 10:02 pm 13 Comments

800 block of Florida Ave, NW

Aesop finally opened up on Sunday (been getting a lot of emails inquiring about them). Their website says:

“Aesop was established in Melbourne in 1987. Our objective has always been to formulate skin, hair and body care products of the finest quality; we investigate widely to source plant-based and laboratory-made ingredients, and use only those with a proven record of safety and efficacy. In each of our unique stores, informed consultants are pleased to introduce our range and to guide your selections. Alongside our commercial activities, we explore and support the arts as an avenue through which to inspire, learn and communicate. We are headquartered in Melbourne, and have offices and stores in many parts of the world, including New York, London, Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong.”

A peek inside:


  • DF

    I was wondering where I could buy $50 post shave lotion. Well here it is!

  • JohnH

    It’s halftime and the score is…
    Stores at the Shay – 10
    Apartments leased at the Shay – 7.

    • ***

      Have you seen the floorplans? They are uninhabitable. Honestly, some of the worst apartment unit layouts I have ever seen.

      • Anon

        I live there, and the studio I’m in is actually perfectly designed. Tons of light, surprising amount of storage, plenty of room for a queen bed, big couch, and a kitchen table/desk area.

        • Duponter

          I’m not sure in a discussion about a layout, a studio counts since it’s a big room.

          • Anon

            On the contrary! A well designed studio is much more than “just a big room.”

            i would actually argue that design matters more in a studio, as the location of each piece of furniture (and things that came with the apartment) are vital to making it work, if you will.

            Plus the Shay has downright killer amenities which is a big selling point to a lot of folks.

        • Craig

          I love it when real estate touts pretend to be residents, as if no one else can tell their fake reviews.

  • bll

    perhaps I’m not their target clientele, and i get every brand has their own aesthetic, but man does that store not look inviting at all.

  • 20 years ago this part of town was one of the few I could afford to rent in and the retail shopping was limited to purchasing liquor behind bullet proof glass. Welcome to the neighborhood Aesop.

  • ET

    Good luck I suppose. But nothing about this place says “come in.” I guess if you know what they offer beforehand that works but this place looks more like “we are doing you a favor”

  • Smallplates Bestplates

    Finally a place for cosmetics worth patroning

  • I love people’s different aesthetic tastes. To me, this shop looks clean, orderly, and very inviting. I’m not much for purchasing beauty jams and jellies, but I wish more shops (of all kinds) would take this visual approach.

    • It really is a pleasant spot – not captured in the photo is that it smelled great too :)


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