Aesop & Rick Owens
A meeting of uncompromising minds
Introducing Aesop x Rick Owens – a collaboration that may initially appear as a contradiction, reveals a story of shared philosophies—a desire for serenity, a dedication to simplicity and an appreciation of considerate, nonconformist design.
Aesop and Rick Owens are embodied in the intriguing forms and fragrances of a limited-edition collection, which includes an Aromatique Candle (available in three sizes) and a Travel Kit—featuring a quartet of body and hair care products, a jersey wrap, and the specially created Stoic Eau de Toilette with accompanying ceramic beads.
Aesop and Rick Owens have long expressed their mutual admiration for each other’s distinct approach to design, with Owens having used Aesop’s hair and body care products exclusively for years.
‘I am not sure if it was my body responding positively to the alchemy of the unguents they produce or my head responding to the quiet and gentle aesthetics of their ethos as a company, but Aesop’s balms represented a soothing mood that I wanted to continue seamlessly throughout my home life and my travel life,’ says Owens.
This wish is realised by the Travel Kit and its carefully curated contents. Including Owens’s favoured formulations—Coriander Seed Body Cleanser, Resolute Hydrating Body Balm, Classic Shampoo and Classic Conditioner—the Kit also holds a captivating fragrance, to be experienced in a variety of ways.
Stoic Eau de Toilette, developed in partnership with perfumer Barnabé Fillion, distils the accord found between the two brands. Spicy aromas of Black Pepper and Coriander Seed reflect the radicality of Rick Owens, while Frankincense and woody notes conjure the equanimous spirit of Aesop. A binding note of Patchouli completes this unapologetically piquant blend. The fragrance is accompanied by a string of 10 porous ceramic beads to which Stoic can be applied for increased longevity compared to direct application to the skin—a concept originally proposed by Rick Owens, who sought to create a ‘reassuring amulet’. Whether worn as a bracelet, laid on a bedside table or placed in a travel bag, the object holds a ritualistic appeal, making the relationship between the fragrance and its wearer all the more intimate.
Explorations of adornment carry through to the jersey wrap that enrobes the Travel Kit. It is crafted from certified organic cotton, a material which has become a hallmark of Owens’s designs. Worn as a wrist-wrap or bandana, it features a co-branded dual grosgrain strip—another signature of Owens’s garments
Alongside the Travel Kit, the Stoic Aromatique Candle, which is available in three sizes, offers further serenity at journey’s end. Following the same design principles as Owens’s furniture collection—particularly the blending of the futuristic and the ancient—the ceramic vessels are inspired by the sculptures of Constantin Brancusi and Dadaist Hans Arp. Once the flame is lit, the scent of Stoic is released amid a muted dance of light and shadow, imbuing the home with an aroma that speaks of benevolent strength.
Written in the margins, though often referenced by the mainstream, the stories of Aesop and Rick Owens are chaptered by defiance—of fleeting trends, inauthentic expressions, and careless creation. In this collection, that steadfastness is distilled for all who see beauty in the shadows.
The limited-edition collection will be available at aesop.com and select Aesop and Rick Owens stores across the world from 21 March 2022.