Thursday, January 27, 2011

Modern Is The New Classic For Hermes

The new Hermés shop on the Left Bank in Paris
Hermes has a new home on the Rive Gauche
we can all take the tour.(Photos here)
They have lightened their approach with an airy, loft-like space on three levels housed in the former Art Noveau swimming pool of the Lutetia Hotel. At the entrance is a flower shop bursting with buoyant blooms by florist Baptiste Pitou.
Then comes the most dramatic part of the shop: A sweeping staircase made of curved strips of ash wood. Walking down the grand staircase one feels like a decadent showgirl-- all that's missing is a feathered head dress and the song " A Pretty Girl...." playing.
The drama continues with the selling floor dominated by three pear-shaped tee-pees using the same strips of wood creating a lattice work effect, projecting interesting shadows. Inside the tee-pees are sumptuous room settings with furniture and home accessories, making me want to move in on the spot.

The Hermes layout is much more informal than the Right Bank store, and it looks like aconcept shop similar to Colette or Merci.

In addition to the usual must have bags, wallets, towels, ties, scarves, luggage, and accessories, there is a bookshop with the latest coffee table books.

Le Plongeoir (the diving board) cafe serves exotic tea, coffee, and pastries. Beware, the cheapest pot of tea is 14 euros & a cup of coffee is 9 euros, but it's served on Hermés china, ooh-la-la! The cafe overlooks the shopping floor, a very clever merchandising ploy, so you can stake out your purchases while sipping your tea.
Architect Denis Montel has respectfully maintained the integrity of the space, keeping the original tiled columns and floors, and the ironwork on the upper balconies but at the same time making it contemporary.
17 rue de Sevres, 6th arr. 
Metro: Sevres-Babylone
Open Monday-Saturday, 10:30AM-7PM

Monday, January 24, 2011

Retail Snaps

Sometimes, you cannot overstate the obvious.
Love this. 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Colorfully Engaging

It's no secret, this is a year for color.
I think this campaign on the 
kate spade website is very clever.
Focusing on one color a month through the year...
Knowing the Spades,  I'm sure we will see this
in of the all campaigns and at the store level too.
Love it.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Not Your Father's Bespoke

After graduating form FIT, Amber Doyle and Jake Mueser
started their own line and now have taken on the world
of (rocker connections!) bespoke clothing,
having set up shop in the heart of the West Village NYC.
And while this is not the level of
tailoring we know from Kiton or Brioni,
there may be a niche to fill among the 
young, hip and flush.
Clubby  atmosphere...check
Well priced off-the-rack suits...check
Friends in high places...check
Plenty of single malt scotch...double check
Doyle & Mueser

Monday, January 10, 2011

It's Called Collaboration

Ok, maybe one of the takeaways here,  is in the line
"we don't expect it to pay the rent"- but,
they've earned it-because, pretty much everything they touch turns to gold.
The creativity, the bravado
oozes from people like Spade et cie and I for one 
cannot get enough.

This is the first in a series from the 
VBS web series called League of TWO.