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Assouline Publishing is a book publisher founded in 1994 by Prosper and Martine Assouline. It has published about 1,500 titles on subjects including architecture, art, design, fashion, gastronomy, lifestyle, photography and travel.

Assouline Publishing
FoundersMartine and Prosper Assouline
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters location3 Park Avenue, New York City
DistributionTwo Rivers Distribution (US, fulfillment only)[1]
Marston Book Services (UK)[2]
Peribo (Australia)[3]
Publication typesBooks
Nonfiction topicsFashion, Travel, Design, Art, Architecture and Cuisine



Martine and Prosper Assouline

In 1994, Prosper and Martine Assouline published their first book, La Colombe d’Or, on the history of their favorite hotel in the South of France, with photographs by Prosper and text by Martine.[4] The publishing house began as a family company in the basement of the couple’s apartment in Paris[5] and one year later, the firm opened its first office on rue Danielle Casanova in Paris.[6] The company later opened more offices, first in New York,[7] and then in Venice, Geneva, Istanbul, and London.[8] The company's first book series was the Memoire collection of books focusing on individuals and companies in fashion, jewelry, design, and art.[9] Initial publications included books about Azzedine Alaïa, Chanel, Vionnet, and Dior.[7] As of 1997, about half a million editions from the Memoire collection had been sold,[10] with 27 titles on Paris in addition to others.[7]

Assouline has partnered with fashion companies, including Poiret, Chanel, Pucci, Dior, Goyard, Coach, Andrée Putman, and Valentino to create special editions and trunks.[11][12] Assouline titles have been published in multiple different languages.[13] In 2001, Assouline published Lee Radziwill’s memoir, Happy Times, the first book of the Icons collection, which focuses on travel and style. Assouline also produces the "Impossible Collection" of books[14][15] and the "Ultimate Collection",[16] a series of limited-edition hand-bound oversize volumes with hand-tipped illustrations.[4]

In 2002 Assouline published the book Bright Young Things by Brooke de Ocampo.[17] Then in 2007, the company owners relocated to New York City, and that same year they began to partner with the Council of Fashion Designers of America.[18] In 2011 Prosper Assouline was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture for his work in publishing.[19] In 2012, Assouline produced a waterproof book on the subject of the South Pole,[20] as well as Gaia, a book of photos taken on the International Space Station by Guy Laliberté.[21]

In 2015, Assouline launched a "Haute Couture" furnishings collection called "Assouline Interiors".[22] Assouline also produces accessories,[23][24] bookbags, and bindery.[25] They have also designed private libraries and lounges in New York City in buildings including 432 Park, The Caledonia, and The Shephard.[26] In 2016, the French Institute Alliance Française awarded the Assoulines with the Art de Vivre award for their publications.[27]


In 2003, Assouline opened a corner boutique in Bergdorf Goodman. Assouline opened its first standalone boutique in Paris in 2006.[24] Assouline has opened several flagship stores, including a London store entitled Maison Assouline that opened in 2014,[23] which houses the Swans Bar.[28] Other boutiques are located in Istanbul, Mexico City, and Seoul.[29]


  1. ^ "Two Rivers Landing Page Submissions". Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  2. ^ Marston Client List
  3. ^ Titles by Publisher
  4. ^ a b Blume, Lesley M. (1 January 2012). "The World of Assouline". Slate.
  5. ^ Enters, Kate (3 April 2016). "In Conversation with the Assoulines". Wall Street International Magazine.
  7. ^ a b c "Prosper's Books". New York Magazine.
  8. ^ "People Mix Heritage". West End Extra.
  9. ^ Givhan, Robin; Givhan, Robin (27 December 2006). "New Pages in the Annals of Luxury Assouline's Books Are a Wordless Library of Fame and Fashion". The Washington Post.
  10. ^ “Distilling Fashion ‘Memoirs.’ International Herald Tribune. Published: 6 January 1998.
  11. ^ "Assouline x Goyard Limited Edition Trunk". Hype Beast.
  12. ^ "The Style List: Luxury books by Assouline". The National.
  13. ^ "The Book People: Husband and Wife Entrepreneurs Turn Beautiful Books Into the Ultimate Luxury Item - PaperCity Magazine". Paper City Magazine. 9 September 2016.
  14. ^ Tibu, Florin (22 July 2013). "An Impossible Collection of Motorcycles for $695". Auto Evolution.
  15. ^ "Les petites bouteilles d'Enrico Bernardo". Le Figaro.
  16. ^ "The $845 Wine Book That Dealers Can't Keep in Stock". Bloomberg. 30 November 2016.
  17. ^ "Of, by and for the Fancy People". The New York Times. 20 June 2004.
  18. ^ "American Fashion Review - Threads". Threads Magazine.
  19. ^ Uhovski, Valentine (14 January 2011). "Assouline Is Knighted". Wall Street Journal.
  20. ^ "Assouline's New Waterproof Book: South Pole". Starrett Lehigh. 18 February 2012.
  21. ^ Lala, Kisa (19 December 2012). "The Founder of Cirque du Soleil - Guy Laliberté Returns from his Journey into Space with Plans to Change the World". Huffington Post.
  22. ^ "Assouline Interiors Celebrates A Touch of Style". High End Weekly. 16 April 2015.
  23. ^ a b "Bound for glory". The Australian. 2 July 2015.
  24. ^ a b "Assouline Finds Upscale Niche". Publishers Weekly.
  25. ^ "MAISON ASSOULINE - Assouline".
  26. ^ Ellwood, Mark (26 October 2016). "Behold, the house of the future". The New York Post.
  27. ^ "Well-heeled Francophiles honor lifestyle publishers at Le Bilboquet". LL NYC. 7 June 2016.
  28. ^ "New chapter: Assouline launches London store-Telegraph". The Telegraph.
  29. ^ "Assouline Opens a Flagship Shop in London - Architectural Digest". Architectural Digest.

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