When I planned my trip to Paris, the big question was, what to expect from the Hermès boutiques and what would I probably want to buy. I am not calling myself a self confessed Hermès addict, but a connoisseur of fine printed silk scarves. Being an admirer of Op Art, I was lucky to find more than one beautiful scarf in the past collections. Big and small, rare and new. When I visited the “Dynamo” Exhibition in the Grand Palais seeing all the wonderful paintings, prints, sculptures from artists like Bridget Riley, Josef Albers or Mauricio Nogueira Lima, just to name a few, my luck was perfect. Of course I would wish a scarf like one of the exhibited art-pieces, but there is no such design in the collection right now, or I own it already. Like the sweet Mini Losange “Op H”, which accompanied my “Garden Party” Bag during my holidays.
So it was easy. Just friendly shopping from one boutique to the other without to high expectations. Still, I was a bit ecited to visit the 3 boutiques the first time. I visited already some Hermès stores worldwide, but Hermès in Paris is different.
Hermès George V (75008, 42, avenue George V) is a corner shop with old wood paneling and that was it.
The mothership of all boutiques (24, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré), again a corner store is quite something different. A department store, unparalleled to anything I ever thought it would be. To be completely honest. I was not that impressed when I saw the windows or entered the store. Maybe because I saw so many photographs and read so many stories on blogs about that magical place. There are some masterpieces, like the motorbike in the cornerwindow, which blow your mind, but I am not dreaming of things I don’t need, use or even want.
But the diversity of any product you want is enormous. There where so many leather bracelets, that I ended up leaving the store without one, because I couldn’t decide which to choose from the dozens of designs, more colors and more sizes …
For my personal taste there are just to many people inside and, although I found the friendliest SAs to help me, whether in the scarf, bag, accessories or RTW department, well-trained and helpful staff everywhere. I will sure come back, when in the city, but it is not the fulfillment of the dream of all dreams.
The 3rd and newest Hermès boutique is located in the charming district of Saint Germain (17, rue de Sèvres).
Well that was a visit, I won’t forget. This is the kind of shopping I like. A cool and quiet place with enough space around you. I fell in love with the new silver jewelry collection and much more. And this was the right place to look through the cashmere collection. It had to be something special from Paris and my SA fully understood to bring the right pieces in the right color ways, after chatting about this and next seasons collections.
And I found just what I was hoping for! A new addition for my Cashmere GM Collection in the Men’s department. Let me introduce it to you in my next post.