The two-story building, a former historical Shikumen “Open House” Museum that showcased the lifestyle of Old Shanghainese in the 1920s, was transformed by the Estée Lauder Cos.-owned fragrance brand into a Le Labo flagship, which showcases a wide range of Le Labo products.
Staying consistent with Le Labo’s vintage-inspired wabi-sabi retail aesthetic, the store preserves the building’s original wooden ceiling and embellished window panels while displaying curiosities such as an old rotary telephone, a vintage safe, and a typewriter.
On the first floor, purposely distressed tiled walls, vintage cabinets, and a bathtub-turned washing sink, coupled with subdued lighting emanating from vintage lightbulbs, complete the store’s crafty interior. Guests walking up to the second floor are welcomed by “The Fragrance Organ,” a corner recreating the Le Labo perfumers’ workstation.
Seventeen of the brand’s 19 signature scents, body, hair care, and skincare products, as well as the brand’s bestselling candles, are available in the Shanghai store.