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Not a Fable: Aesop is in Toronto

UP FROM DOWN UNDER, AESOP BRINGS ITS LUXE SKINCARE LINE TO TORONTO

Aesop Toronto Queen West Skincare

photo: Craig Moy

A beloved Australian company has found a new home on Queen West. Although each Aesop store is made to fit in with its locale, the first Canadian flagship still bears the brand’s hallmarks. Local design firm superkül helped to create an ultra-sleek, minimalist boutique with exposed brick, blackened steel and a rippled felt wall treatment—a nod to Canada’s fur-trade origins and Toronto’s history as a textile manufacturing hub. The shelves are stocked with Aesop’s signature apothecary-style bottles, tubes and pots, each containing skin-, body- and hair-care products made from the finest plant-based and lab-engineered ingredients. Try the likes of mandarin, camellia nut or primrose facial exfoliants, geranium leaf body cleanser, or a sage and cedar scalp treatment.  —Linda Luong

• Aesop, 880 Queen St. W., 416-532-9623; aesop.com
• Map and reviews

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