About Ajiri Aki

She created the online boutique Madame de la Maison because celebration is in her DNA. 

She is Nigerian and her folks love to party. Their guest list is full of family, friends, and even welcomed party crashers. If there's food, music, and good vibes, they are happy. She learned from an early age there is power in gathering around a table and sharing with others.

After university in Texas, she moved to New York where she worked as a stylist and on fashion exhibitions for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of the City of New York. At this time, she found a group of Mexican girls with a similar DNA. Mexicans love a good celebration too! The ten years she lived in New York were full of wine- filled weekly festivities. Every Thursday no matter what was happening in her life, she met with her latin crew for “Juevesitos”: food, drinks, dancing, and chats. Some of the happiest and most memorable moments of that decade took place on a Thursday.

She left New York and moved to Paris, married, and started a family. Paris brought her many treasures, but she missed that sense of community and joy that she derived from weekly fellowship with others. So, she decided to bring it back! She created Madame de la Maison to put the spotlight back on the table and help others to do the same. 

Here is her encouragement for you: Gather around the table and celebrate life with beautiful things whenever possible. Never wait to use your best pieces.  

About the book

The French are known for their joie de vivre—celebrating the simple things—a philosophy that tastemaker Ajiri Aki embraced all her American life. As a child, she frequently tried to convince her Nigerian-Jamaican mother to pull out the fine china for everyday meals or when hosting friends. Her mother always said she was waiting for a special occasion, which sadly never came before she passed away when Ajiri was only twelve. Ajiri promised herself she would never hesitate to use her treasured pieces. When she moved to Paris, France, as an adult and she learned how central that idea is to French life, and she also began to absorb other essential lessons from her new friends: treat yourself to fresh flowers just because, take time to source the best baguette, and most importantly, enjoy êtrejust being.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, September 21, 2024

How would you describe in scents Florida? Join Anastasia Sokolow, founder of la Maison Sulékó and member of the French Society of Perfumers, from her Parisian showroom, as she uncovers the riches and variety of Florida’s habitats and their unique scents that are captured in her perfume Florida Vibrations.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Engage in the history of Art as this illustrated lecture will consider the development of the Art Deco style on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, its social significance and later imprint.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Join us at the French Library for a conversation about La princesse de Clèves by Madame de Lafayette. We invite you to read the book in its entirety and meet us on July 17th, from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM.

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