Take a look inside the beauty legend's storied life with this gorgeous book from Assouline.
"My grandmother, Estée, was an incredible role model. When she launched her business in the 1940s, she was way ahead of her time and taught me so many of the important lessons I know today," Aerin Lauder says. "She passed on the importance and value of family, passion, commitment, and beauty in everything you do.
This book is a personal expression of her beautiful life. I hope her story inspires you as much as it has inspired me."
The hardcover coffee-table book features more than 200 pages of behind-the-scenes photos and personal letters that help illustrate Lauder's rise as she built one of the world's most successful beauty companies from the ground up. But it also reveals Lauder's passion for family, friends, and entertaining, with appearances by Princess Grace of Monaco, Hubert de Givenchy, Diana, Princess of Wales, Nancy Reagan, and Frank Sinatra.
Of course, this is an Assouline coffee-table book—and one of the most gorgeous ones at that. It comes housed in a floral-patterned slipcase adorned with a glamorous portrait of Lauder. When the slipcase is off, the book cover is revealed to be a pale blue, reminiscent of the shade Lauder famously chose for her jars and bottles.
She remarked at the time that the shade conveyed a sense of luxury and that it matched all bathroom decor.
This book achieves the same and would be the perfect holiday refresh to any space in your home. Buy it for yourself and leave it on the top of the book stack so guests can flip through at their leisure. Or buy it for your mother, grandmother, sister, or beauty-obsessed friend as a holiday gift. After all, as Lauder herself said, "Never underestimate any woman’s desire for beauty." This applies to coffee table books too.