Pauline Brown and her book Aesthetic Intelligence
An overview of Aesthetic Intelligence by Pauline Brown. Photo by Albert Cheung

Aesthetic Intelligence: The Key to Business Success


Pauline Brown‘s book Aesthetic Intelligence is a must-read for anyone interested in the intersection of business and creativity. Brown, a former chairman of LVMH North America, draws on her extensive experience in the luxury industry to argue that aesthetic intelligence – the ability to appreciate and create beauty – is a crucial skill for success in today’s economy.

Part 1: The Importance of Aesthetic Intelligence in Business

The first part explores the concept of aesthetic intelligence and its importance in business. Brown argues that in a world where products and services are increasingly commoditized, companies that can differentiate themselves through design, branding, and customer experience will have a competitive advantage. She cites examples from companies like Apple, Nike, and Airbnb to illustrate how aesthetics can drive business success.

Part 2: Developing Aesthetic Intelligence

The second part of the book focuses on developing aesthetic intelligence. Brown provides practical advice on how to cultivate an appreciation for beauty, including tips on how to observe and analyze design, art, and architecture. She also emphasizes the importance of empathy – understanding the needs and desires of customers – in creating aesthetically pleasing products and experiences.

Part 3: Applying Aesthetic Intelligence in Different Industries

The final part of the book explores how aesthetic intelligence can be applied in different industries. Brown provides case studies from a range of sectors, including fashion, hospitality, and healthcare, to show how companies are using aesthetics to create value for their customers.


One of the strengths of Aesthetic Intelligence is its accessibility. Brown writes in a clear and engaging style that makes complex concepts easy to understand. The book is also filled with beautiful illustrations that help bring her ideas to life. Overall, Aesthetic Intelligence is a thought-provoking and inspiring read that challenges readers to think differently about the role of aesthetics in business. Whether you’re an entrepreneur looking to differentiate your brand or a creative professional seeking to hone your skills, this book is sure to provide valuable insights and inspiration.

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