Aether Retail

Born out of the desire for a men’s collection that looked at home in the city but was built to withstand the outdoors, Aether worked with Assembledge+ to develop their new flagship store that would support the brand’s mission to create a complete lifestyle collection for urban-dwelling, design-focused, well-traveled men and women.

Located in the heart of Los Angeles’ La Brea design district, the retail space is set in a 4,000 square-feet industrial space. A full-sized glass garage doors open onto the sidewalk, facilitating interaction with the pedestrians, and allowing for natural light and air to fill the space.

Inside, the store features a walk-in freezer for prospective gear testing housed in a custom 13-by-13-foot wood cabana, along with 45 modular wood crates that can be moved and rearranged to give the space a different feel monthly, seasonally. A threshold of white and black gives the open space a sense of division while contemplating the brand’s dual character to be classic and modern in the city and highly practical and functional in the outdoors.

Location: Los Angeles, California

Size: 4,000 sf

Design Team: David Thompson (Principal-in-Charge), Cesar Quinones

Interior Design: Thierry Gaugain

Photography: Michael Weschler, Aether