Local business spotlight: Aesop


We’ve been busy developing our membership offer, Company of Angels, so that you can get more from supporting our theatre and the work we produce. A benefit of joining our Company of Angels is our local discount card, where you can take advantage of savings in the area when you come to visit our theatre.

This year we have forged new relationships with businesses in and around our home in Islington. Over the next few months we’ll be sharing conversations we’ve had with the businesses on our Loyalty Card Scheme, so you can find out more out about the people behind the shops and restaurants dotted along our high street.

This month we caught up with Jack Gustav Gullachsen, the store Manager of Aesop, Islington.

“Islington’s enriched with gems of theatrical heritage”

Engaging in local arts, cultural and history is part of the Aesop’s ethos. What do you value most about working in the Islington area?

Islington’s ability to re-establish itself every few years, without actually dramatically changing or compromising its values and character, especially when thinking about the arts. Islington’s enriched with gems of theatrical heritage, to its alternative music venues and independent galleries such as The Estorick. I love the sense of community from the surrounding area, people like to take their time and converse with one another.

Each Aesop store is unique and beautiful in design. Can you tell us a little about the Islington Store?

The design of our Islington store, which opened in June 2012, was the result of a collaboration between Aesop and Ciguë, and hearkens to modest utilitarian spaces of the early twentieth century. Inspired by the unintentionally appealing aesthetics of a well-ordered 1930s laboratory, Ciguë’s primary intention was to adapt traditional materials and methods of fabrication to new purposes – making radical use of the ostensibly simple.

Glass is put to unique use in hand-made glass taps and pipes; strong yet malleable metal provides shelving with thin, sharp profiles; and polished marble serves for basins and work surfaces. Other elements are made from reclaimed wood found in a 200-year-old monastery in the French Basque countryside. Restrained and inventive use of each material and logical ordering of space reveal a modest, inherent beauty.

What’s your top product this season?

Aesop’s approach to skincare is tailored to both the concerns and climate in which we dwell. Whether that be urban or rural, winter summer, skin is incredibly changeable. My current routine goes daily with Parsley seed facial cleaner, Parsley seed Toner, Lucent Facial Concentrate, Parsley seed eye cream and B Triple C balancing gel, now that it’s summer.

Do you have a favourite theatre production you’ve seen recently?

I was lucky enough to be invited to See Matthew Bourne’s Red Shoes at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in February, I love the ballet as a personal favourite. I’ve seen some phenomenal productions there.

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