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.
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.
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.