New Left Bank Hermes

Grand entrance

Hermes has excelled itself with a new store and even if you never imagine buying any of its products it is worth a look just to see what they have done with the building, a former swimming pool. The store is restrained elegance in parts and wow factor in other areas.

As you walk in the doors, a florist to the right. The display is distinctive – a row of vases holding artichokes, small pots of heart shape cacti, metal pots of strawberry plants in fruit. No shortage of ideas here, elegance in repetition.

Love the bookish wallpaper

The shop is now a concept shop and its reputation for makers of fine leather goods for the horse riding set is still well represented but now you will see more housewares in furniture, china, glass, jewellery, clothing, a bookshop.

The whole building has been gutted, new floors, new balustrades, and there is even a small cafe on one of the balconies.The floors are not as you might expect, wood, marble or carpet but mosaic tiles, obviously a reference to its former life as a swimming pool.

They never miss an opportunity to use horses

Designed by French architects RDAI. The large structures you see are three nine-metre high wooden pavilions made of ash laths A fourth wooden structure lines the staircase leading visitors from the entrance into the former pool.

As you walk around the store, the collections are housed separately, so you get the sense that each one is a small boutique, tres magnifique.

John admiring a handcrafted saddle

  1. #1 by bagnidilucca on May 6, 2011 - 5:45 am

    What did you buy?

    • #2 by tastetravel on May 6, 2011 - 7:51 am

      Had just emptied my wallet buying 2 pairs of my favourite shoe brand around the corner, so pulling the belt in.

  2. #3 by maryd on May 6, 2011 - 6:52 am

    Oh what can I say! I know the site and can imagine how fabulous the new store is there. I bet John nearly died at the price of the saddle!! Did you treat yourself to a scarf? Or are you going to an auction??? Think of us occasionally please! x

    • #4 by tastetravel on May 6, 2011 - 7:52 am

      Of course will think of you, I know how much you love Paris and you could have been born here like me.

  3. #5 by Celia on May 7, 2011 - 12:04 am

    What a store, Roz! It’s almost art museum in quality – particularly love the first photo of the entrance!

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