Assouline Publishing

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Founded 1994
Founders Martine & Prosper Assouline
Headquarters New York City
Industry Luxury Goods
Products Books, Special Editions, Vintage Tomes, and Gifts

Assouline Publishing is a luxury book publisher based in New York City. It was launched in Paris by husband and wife, Prosper and Martine Assouline. Most titles focus on images, rather than text. They publish luxury editions and illustrated books dedicated to photography, fashion, art and design. The Financial Times has described "Assouline books as the most exquisite books on the planet."[1] The two founded the publishing house in 1994.[2]

Company history[edit]

Assouline was founded in Paris, France in 1994 by Prosper Assouline and his wife, Martine. In 2005, the company moved to New York City. Assouline began with an idea and a belief: the first, a notion that beauty, perfected, has meaning that is capable of transforming lives; and the second, that a book artfully crafted and highly considered in its visual content can open our eyes and minds.[3]

Since the founding in 1994, Assouline has expanded to publish over 1,200 titles across international markets ranging on subjects including art, architecture, design, fashion, gastronomy, photography, travel, and lifestyle. Assouline books are distributed worldwide through brand boutiques in Paris, New York City, Costa Mesa, Mexico City, London, Venice, Lima and Istanbul as well as luxury retail partners including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Palacio de Hierro, Nordstrom, and Sotheby's. Assouline books may also be purchased online on the company’s e-commerce site:[4]


Prosper & Martine Assouline

Prosper Assouline was the former artistic director of several French fashion magazines and his experience began at age 16 working as an artistic design intern at Filipacchi Médias. At age 18, he and his sister Yaffa created and launched their first magazine, Album. Martine’s experience ranges from modeling for some of the top international fashion brands to running Strategic Communications for S.T. Dupont, Louis Vuitton, and Rochas based in Paris. With a vision of luxury in print, they founded Assouline in Paris in 1994 and still run the company together.

In October 2010, Prosper Assouline was knighted by the French Minister of Culture, Monsieur Frédéric Mitterrand, and was invited into the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. The ceremony took place at Sotheby's in New York City and the award was presented to Prosper by a friend and Assouline author, Thierry Despont. In 2005, the Fashion Group International honored Prosper with the Fashion Oracle Award, and in 2009 he received an Honorary Doctorate from the Academy of Art University. Martine Assouline also received an Honorary Doctorate in 2009.[5]


Assouline at The Plaza Hotel
  • Assouline New York (The Plaza Hotel, Lobby Mezzanine, 768 Fifth Avenue)
  • Assouline South Coast Plaza (3333 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA)
  • Assouline Paris (35, rue Bonaparte)
  • Assouline Istanbul (Cevdet Pasa Cad No 25A, Bebek, Istanbul)
  • Assouline London (Claridge's Hotel & Harrods)
  • Assouline Venice (Bauer Hotel)
  • Assouline Mexico City (Newton 35, Colonia Polanco, Delegación Miguel Hidalgo)[6]
  • Assouline Lima (Av. Santa Cruz 830, Miraflores)
  • Assouline Seoul (Gangnam-Gu, Jumyung Building)


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