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The Most Beautiful Retail Stores in the World

Aesop store – Hong Kong


When traveling the world, it’s normal to do a bit of shopping.  This is especially true for those who are visiting large, cosmopolitan cities like New York, London, and Tokyo.  However, did you know that while shopping, you could actually be stepping foot into one of the most beautiful retail stores the world has to offer?  Some stores have taken interior design to the next level, and we’re going to take a look at a few of those in this article.

1. Thom Browne Flagship Store – Tokyo

Thom Browne Flagship Store

Since he first launched his label, Thom Browne has received worldwide acclaim for his reinterpretation of business wear.  He has taken the standard suit and reinvented it for the modern man, and helped to redefine business clothing in the process.  His flagship store in Tokyo is clean and modern, just as you would expect, and the interior is spacious and clean.  The design is truly minimal, ensuring that the thing that matters the most, the clothes, is what stands out.

2. Dior – London

The Dior London store was created by the luxury architect, Peter Marino.  Located on Bond Street, this flagship store received a full overhaul in 2016 and now embodies the true essence of the brand in its design.  The store is laid out over four floors and contains everything from baby clothes to fine jewelry, and a women’s boutique.  Dotted with French furnishings and a luxurious silver and gray color palette, this store really has to be experienced in person to experience its true extravagance.

3. The Apple Store – New York

Apple Store - NYC

On May 19th, 2006, Apple opened their second New York retail store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.  The building can be spotted from a distance with its pure glass walls, and the Apple logo effortlessly displayed.  A piece of prime real estate, the building overlooks Central Park and is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  The store is clean and modern and offers almost every device you could ever want from the brand.

4. Aesop – Hong Kong

Aesop store – Hong Kong

The Aesop Hong Kong store did away with the linear, expected designs that are so common in retail stores today.  Located in Festival Walk, a popular mall in the Kowloon area, the interior design was created by Boston designer, Nadaa.  A natural color palette was chosen for the interior of the store and a glass façade was used for the exterior.  Clean, modern, and contemporary are three great words to sum up this commercial location. *Fun fact: Aesop does not test on animals or use any animal derived ingredients!

5. Plural Bookshop – Bratislava

Plural Bookshop – Bratislava

Finally, to round out this list we have the Plural Bookshop located in Bratislava.  This retail space was designed by TotalStudio and Plural.  The designers wanted to create a space that felt like home and provided a sense of peace and serenity from the moment you walked through the doors.  They succeeded.  Containing walls upon walls of books, a café, and a beautiful staircase structure, this retail space is one of those rare locations where you can truly relax while browsing.

If you’re traveling to any of these locations in the near future, do take the time to check out these beautiful stores.