Our five favourite Aēsop stores from around the globe

Beloved skincare brand Aēsop may have started out as a team of a dozen or so people in Melbourne, but almost 30 years on and the beauty house now has more than 1200 hundred staff worldwide and some 150 boutiques around the world.

Anyone familiar with cult skincare purveyor will be aware of Aēsop’s unique approach to design and the role it plays in its product and retail environments. For a start, no two boutiques are alike. But Aēsop’s design element extends beyond the beauty house’s own doors. “Beauty has often been about celebrities, but for us, it’s about art, culture and literature. And those are areas that are often under supported in the community,”explains Michael O’Keeffe, Aēsop’s CEO.  explains when seeking out designers and architects to collaborate with on new boutiques, they turn to emerging local talent. “When we open in a community, hopefully we can support it with some trade, but we always work with up-and-coming creatives, writers, designers and artists.”

With each space having its own story to tell, it’s a hard task playing favourites but we’ve managed to whittle the list down to a handful of favourites – all worth checking out when travelling.

Mecca Maxima to open in Christchurch

Christchurch-based beauty buffs rejoice: New Zealand’s very first Mecca Maxima is set to open its doors very soon. “We’re so excited to bring Mecca Maxima to New Zealand,” says MECCA founder Jo Horgan. “And with our first store in Christchurch, we’ll be introducing a number of exclusives beauty firsts to cater to the growing beauty appetite in New Zealand.” Cult beauty brands set to hit Mecca Maxima stands include Urban Decay, Too Faced, Mario Badescu and Lipstick Queen.

The 150m2 high-energy beauty emporium will open in the heart of Christchurch’s plush ANZ Centre on Thursday 17 November.