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Peek Inside the Brand New Le Labo Fragrance Store in Shaw

Peek Inside the Brand New Le Labo Fragrance Store in Shaw
All photos by Franz Mahr.

Le Labo, the French-influenced indie fragrance store out of New York, quietly opened their first stand-alone boutique here in the District on Saturday, occupying a spot in The Shay shopping complex, between Warby Parker and what is rumored to be a future Aesop skincare store.

Le Labo fragrance

The interior mimics other Le Labo shops in New York and London, with the same industrial meets shabby-luxe aesthetic you’d find in a converted warehouse. Vintage furniture populates the otherwise sparse space. A mini laboratory tucked into the back corner lets employees mix and refill in style.

Le Labo fragrance

Le Labo fragrance

The Shaw boutique carries the full line of Le Labo products–unisex scents, along with candles, shower gel, body lotion, body oil, soap, and more–and it’s known for its irreverent attitude towards scent, refusing to produce the straightforward florals and musks of other big parfumeries. Instead, one of their most popular scents, Santal 33, is modeled after the Marlboro man, and another, Rose 31, is described as “assertively virile.” Currently, each stand-alone Le Labo shop (in Paris, New York, San Francisco, Tokyo, Moscow, Los Angeles, Chicago and Dubai), carries a specialty scent, influenced by the vibe and culture of each city. No word yet on whether DC is getting its own scent, too, but there’s one thing we’ll put money on: it won’t smell like cherry blossoms.

Le Labo: 1924 8th St. NW, #120; 202-986-0600; lelabofragrances.com

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